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Dr John Mitchinson


Teaching Fellow in Scandinavian Studies (Swedish and Faroese)


Office: 17 Gordon Square, Room 107

Office Hours: Tuesday 1pm-3pm

Background and Research Interests

I am currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL, where I teach Swedish (Basic and Intermediate), Faroese and an introductory course to Scandinavian linguistics. I also teach two new ELCS courses as part of the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (see below).

I completed all levels of my higher education at UCL, with the exception of a semester at Umeå University in 2004, the University of Hamburg in 2005 and a research period based at the University of the Faroe Islands between 2008 and 2010. I received my PhD in Scandinavian Linguistics in March 2012. My thesis, which was funded by the AHRC, looked at the Danish language on the Faroe Islands from a post-colonial perspective. Prior to this I completed an MA in Advanced Scandinavian Translation Studies and a BA in German and Scandinavian Studies.

For the creation and teaching of the two Faroese language courses at UCL, I received a Provost's Teaching Award in 2011.

Recent Publications

  • Translation: The Outlaw in Strindberg's One-Act Plays: A Selection. London: Norvik Press, 2012 (together with Anna Holmwood).
  • Article: 'The Saming of the Few: Post-Colonialism without the Other in the Faroe Islands', Scandinavica 49, Autumn 2010.

Brief Curriculum vitae

2012 PhD in Scandinavian Linguistics (UCL)

2011 Provost's Teaching Award

2007 MA in Advanced Scandinavian Translation (with distinction, UCL)

2006 BA in German and Scandinavian Studies (first class, UCL)

Modules (2013-14)

SCAN1002: Basic Swedish (Terms 1 and 2) and SCAN2002: Intermediate Swedish (Terms 1 and 2)

SCAN1102: Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages (Terms 1 and 2)

SCAN7001: Faroese I (Term 1)

ELCS6059: Post-Colonialism and Europe (Term 1)

ELCS6064: Minority Languages, Policy and Power in Europe (Term 2)