Humanistic research is concerned with most areas related to what it means to be human, and how human beings think about themselves and their surrounding environment.


Humanistic research plays a key role in the welfare and development of Norway. Growth, the formation of knowledge and wealth creation are often tied to distinctive features of the Norwegian society: A high level of education, democracy and social stability. Humanistic perspectives and values are important elements in this picture. Through the development and use of basic scientific research, and through the diversity of professional perspectives, the humanities contribute with essential expertise in order to respond to the important challenges faced by society.

The humanities is concerned with what it broadly means to be human; identity, language, historical context and values. Humanistic research deals with areas as varied as language comprehension, archaeological explorations of pre-historic societies, the meaning of religion and religious rituals, and definitions of what constitutes good art.


The Research Council of Norway, The science division:

National strategy for humanistic research


The Faculty of Humanities wants to use its research websites to present some of the diversity within humanistic research.

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