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Published Nov. 17, 2017 10:52 AM

Saudi Arabia's most popular woman on Twitter supports the absolute monarchy of the royal family and wants gender segregation in the workplace. Doctoral student Laila Makboul is asking what the source of her popularity is.

Published Nov. 17, 2017 10:43 AM

Prisoners in the Filipino prison were lined up, dancing along to “Thriller”. “Music is an effective way of exercising force”, says researcher Áine Mangaoang.

Published Nov. 3, 2017 1:10 PM

As in the past three years, this year’s Master students in Nordic Media went in October on a study trip to the University of Copenhagen (KU), Denmark.  Professor Anne Jerslev at KU is a professor II at IMK, and had this year also put together a brilliant program to the students.

Published Oct. 16, 2017 9:34 AM

“When being questioned by the police, suspects are entitled to a defence lawyer and to understand the charges. However, many people misunderstand things when their rights are not presented in their mother tongue,” says language researcher Aneta Pavlenko.

Published Sep. 25, 2017 10:51 AM

Illicit trade in cultural artefacts destroys historical knowledge and finances terrorism. “Professionals have to say no to authenticating cultural artefacts of questionable or dubious ownership history,” says researcher Josephine Munch Rasmussen.

Published May 18, 2017 2:55 PM

Heavy air pollution has led to increased environmental consciousness in China. A growing number of apps now allow people to check local air quality. Apps also serve as tools for political activism.

Published Mar. 15, 2017 4:59 PM

Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (RITMO) is awarded Centre of Excellence status. – This is an incredible opportunity, rejoice the Centre leaders Anne Danielsen and Alexander Refsum Jensenius.

Published Mar. 14, 2017 12:03 PM

For over 70 years seven different countries have claimed sovereignty over parts of Antarctica. But are these claims legitimate? This issue is now going to be considered by a group of philosophers.

Published Jan. 9, 2017 3:08 PM

‘We who live in the wealthiest and happiest countries in the world have plenty of reasons to feel guilty when faced with the poverty and affliction of others,’ says Elisabeth Oxfeldt. She heads a large-scale research project which shows that Scandinavian feelings of guilt can be beneficial.

Published Jan. 9, 2017 2:42 PM

One in every five women in the West has no children. Professor Christina Archetti takes her own life as a starting point when studying why many childless people feel isolated and like failures.

Published Jan. 9, 2017 2:17 PM

The oil-soaked Middle East has started to think green. In the long term, this may sway the region’s authoritarian regimes in a more democratic direction, according to researchers Brynjar Lia and Jon Nordenson.

Published Jan. 9, 2017 1:38 PM

In the near future your body might create your own compositions, all adapted to your needs of the moment. Music research may now provide the recipe for how your body can make music.

Published May 6, 2016 10:31 AM

A number of researchers in the humanities are contributing fresh insight into human life and society. See examples on how our research is linked to the life sciences.

Published Mar. 30, 2016 12:23 PM

We share pictures and articles online, but not our playlists. Perhaps because we see music as something very personal.

Published Mar. 30, 2016 10:28 AM

If you are using two languages on a regular basis, you may have an advantage if you are affected by dementia. Researchers have set out to study linkages between ageing, dementia and language.

Published Mar. 30, 2016 9:46 AM

What will your neighbourhood look like when your grandchildren have grown old? New technology may bring the answer directly to your smartphone.

Published Jan. 21, 2016 10:00 AM

The few thousand Norwegians who emigrated to Latin America in the years from 1820 to 1940 went their own ways. Many of them never saw their dreams fulfilled and returned home disappointed.

Published Dec. 2, 2015 9:34 AM

Truth. Race. Knowledge. Man. Woman. These concepts define how we think about the world and ourselves, but they are not stable. Many concepts are defective and should be improved. Some must be revised.

Published Dec. 1, 2015 1:10 PM

Would you wish to see more than the remaining ruins of Oslo’s medieval city? Students at the Faculty of Humanities have now reconstructed the city in Minecraft.

Published Nov. 30, 2015 2:56 PM

The Department of Musicology has launched its online course Music Moves, which is open to everybody free of charge. The students learn about ten years of unique research on how music moves the body.

Published Oct. 7, 2015 12:34 PM

When children are asked about their Internet use, their responses differ to those of their parents. This is one of many ethical dilemmas for those conducting research with children. The children’s answers often challenge adults' view of children.

Published July 6, 2015 11:58 AM

In China, there has been an explosion of interest in the environment. There is every indication that extreme air pollution is driving new visions of sustainability and new formats of interaction between political authorities and the people.

Published June 30, 2015 1:44 PM

MultiLing, the Center for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan, is one of five research communities at the University of Oslo that will receive funding from the Norwegian government for the recruitment of leading international scientists.

Published June 11, 2015 12:30 PM

We read novels in translation with an idea that we are reading the original text. And that is the way we want it, according to Cecilia Alvstad, researcher at the Faculty of Humanities.

Published May 29, 2015 1:29 PM

In the southern part of Zimbabwe lie the ruins of an urban community that probably existed for more than eight hundred years. This forgotten site may provide us with new knowledge about adaption to climate change and settlement in a marginal area.