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.
Research within the Division of Literature explores a wide variety of topics from many different cultures and eras, from the early modern period to the present day. Within literary studies, 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 at the department has a cross-disciplinary, problem based approach to the study of oral and written communicative practices.
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.
Some of our projects and research areas:
- Linguistic Complexity in the Individual and Society (LCIS)
- Language and Cognition: Language Acquisition and Language Processing
- The History of Literary Critical Reception in Norway, 1870-2000: Value-Judgments and Mediation
- Web-based Language Learning
- Health Communication
- Professional and Institutional Communication
- The meaning and function of Norwegian tags
- Enlightenment News- Periodical Publication, Newspapers and the Digital Archive
- Experimental and Theoretical approaches to Human Language (ETHL)
- Translating cultures