Ruairidh Tarvet (Ph.D, M.A)

Teaching Fellow

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I am a teaching fellow in Scandinavian studies at the University of Edinburgh. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies, German and European Union Studies, I went on to work as a teacher and lecturer at Rønshoved Højskole in Southern Denmark, where I taught Danish, German, English literature and Music. In 2018, I completed my PhD in Scandinavian studies. My thesis focussed on language and identity in Schleswig (Southern Jutland) and the interplay of regional, national and transnational identities in minority communities.

I am a regular speaker/attendee of the Nordic Research Network conference series and organiser of the Scandinavian Research Seminar Series at The University of Edinburgh and contributor to national newspapers on issues related to nationalism, national minorities, identity and Scandinavia.


Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D), Scandinavian Studies, The University of Edinburgh, 2018

MA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies, German and European Union Studies, The University of Edinburgh, 2014

Undergraduate teaching

Scandinavian Civilisation 2016-present

Danish 1 2020- present

Danish Language 2 2016- present

Danish 3 2020- present

Language paper 1 (Scandinavian Studies) 2020- present

Oral for Danish 4 2020-present

Scandinavian Languages 2 2016- present

History of the Scandinavian Languages 2 2016- present

Language Paper 2 (Scandinavian Studies) 2018

Guided Language Study in Danish 2020- present

German Oral 1a 2017-2018

German Oral 1b 2017-2018

German Oral 2 2018- 2019

German 1b Grammar 2018- 2019

German 2 Grammar 2019

German 2 Translation/Text Production 2018- 2019

German 2 Literature 2019 

Research summary

My research covers the following areas:



National Minorities

National identity

Language and identity



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In the press

Article in The Times, UK, 22.02.2021,

Article in The Times, UK, 12.05.20

Article in Der Nordschleswiger, February 2020

Article in Der Nordschleswiger,

Article by Sydslesvisk Foreningen,

Interview with TV2 News, Denmark, 20.11.2019

Second interview with TV2 News, Denmark, 13.12.2019

Article in Danish newspaper, Jyllandsposten, 08.12.2018

Public lecture at the Nordic Embassies, Berlin

Discussion in Flensborg Avis

Interview with BBC Radio Scotland

Interview in Grænsen

Interview with Grænseforeningen

Interview with Flensborg Avis

Article in Sydslesvigsk Foreningen (KONTAKT)

Article in Der Nordschleswiger

Article in The National 1

Article in The National 2

Article in Kristeligt Dagblad

Article by EU delegation in Denmark

Article by Copenhagen University on parallel languages


Tarvet,  R. "Re-imagining Sleswig: Language and Identity in the German-Danish Borderlands. Understanding the Regional, National and Transnational Dimensions of Minority Identity", University Press of Southern Denmark, 2021 (monograph)

Tarvet, R. in Das, Divya, Lassen, Kim Bildsøe. "Briterne og Brexit" (The Brits and Brexit), Politikens Forlag, 2020 (interview contribution)

Tarvet, R. "Mapping out Identity in the German-Danish Borderlands: New Perspectives on Hybridising Identity in National Minority Communities", in "The North As Home", Norvik Press, 2019 (book chapter)


In Press:


Tarvet, R. "The Current State of Linguistic Identity in the German Minority of Northern Schleswig", ed. Peter Thaler, DeGruyter, 2021 (book chapter)

Tarvet, R. (Translator), Hansen, H.S. A Community Takes Shape: Germans in North Schleswig between the 1840s and 1914, ed. Peter Thaler, DeGruyter, 2021 (book chapter)

Tarvet, R. & Klatt, M. "The Impact of the Coronovirus Pandemic on Borderland Living in the German-Danish Border Region"  "National Identities", Taylor & Francis, 2021  (journal article)

Den Hielmstierne-Rosencronske Stiftelse (August 2020) 15,000 DKK

Traugott Møller Fonden (July 2020) 25,000 DKK

Oberst H. Parkovs Mindefond (July 2020) 20,000 DKK

Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck's Fond (April 2020) 30,000 DKK

Kjeld of Vera Schmidts Mindefond (2015) £350

Anglo-Danish Society Anniversary Award (2014) £1,000