About the Society

The Scottish Society for Northern Studies (SSNS) is a charity which encourages the exploration of the interactions and influences of the Scandinavian, Celtic, and Scottish worlds – both within Scotland and further afield.

Through its seminars, conferences, and publications, the Society aims to engage with specialists and enthusiasts of a wide breadth of disciplines, providing a forum and community to discuss past and present alike.

Our History

Established in 1968, the Society has served as both forum and community for specialists and enthusiasts for over half a century.



The Scottish Society for Northern Studies is run by an elected committee of volunteers, which meets on a regular basis to organise its events, publications, and other relevant business.


Support Us

As well as joining as a member, there are several other ways to support the Society, including direct donations and those made by shopping with affiliate programmes.


SSNS is a member organisation of the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies.

Become a Member

Membership is open to all, and new subscriptions are very welcome. Benefits include discounts on conference fees and publications, free copies of our peer-reviewed journal, Northern Studies and opportunities to apply for student travel bursaries to attend conferences.

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