Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture is an interdisciplinary unit with a staff that covers several humanities and social sciences.
The department's employees are engaged in several major national and international research projects. A large part of this research is funded by The Research Council of Norway, or other external funding. Several of the projects have broad interdisciplinary collaboration with experts in medicine, science and technology.
Presently, the department has a staff of about 40, of which the majority is doctoral or postdoctoral research fellows.


The department's research areas has its origins in the two research centers Centre for Women's Research and Centre for Technology and Society which were merged in 1999 to form the department.

Centre for Technology and Society was established in 1988 to undertake interdisciplinary studies of social and cultural dimensions of science and technology.

The centre has initiated research that covers a wide range of techno-scientific phenomena, to explore policy, innovation, production of knowledge, and everyday life activities historically as well as from a contemporary perspective.

Centre for Gender Studies was established as Centre for Women's Research in 1989 to engage in interdisciplinary research into gender and cultural change, including sexuality and ethnicity.

Gender differences may appear natural and obvious but are at the same time lived quite differently in various societies and at different times, and in our own society these gender relations are currently undergoing rapid changes. The centre has initiated research to analyse these changes in a critical fashion, to look into the conditions that determine how gender is embedded in, shaped by and enrolled into power.

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The department offers two master's degrees (taught in Norwegian) and has the main responsibility for a PhD programme in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture.

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Head of Department:

Professor Margrethe Aune
Phone: +47 73591898

Head of Office:

Kari Bergheim
Phone: +47 73598211

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How to reach us


Phone: +47 73 59 17 88
Vistiting address: Building 5 and 6, level 4, Dragvoll University Centre

Postal address:

Department of Interdisciplinary studies of Culture

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

NO-7491 Trondheim


Dragvoll University centre