The department has a vibrant research culture, and research activities span a wide range of disciplines. The staff participate in several different projects, both in Norway and abroad, and are responsible for the interdisciplinary profile of the university.

Areas of Research:


Research within the Division of Literature explores a wide variety of topics from many different cultures and eras. The Division includes specialists working on Nordic, Germanic, Francophone, Anglophone (British and American), and Hispanic literature, as well as literary theory.


The linguistic research at the department comprises a range of different topics; language systems, language usage, language development in society and language development in human beings.


Communication research has a cross-disciplinary, problem based approach to the study of oral and written communicative practices.

Cultural History

Research within cultural history lays emphasis upon European political history – particularly British, French, and German – as well as the history of the European union. It is interested in economic, social, and cultural themes, as well as the history of ideas and politics.


Terje Lohndal, Professor Terje Lohndal Deputy Head of research at the Department of Language and Literature


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