PhD course in theories of knowledge for the humanities

Seminar on theories of knowledge for the humanities for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities. The course spans over two days: 3rd of May and the 28th of May 2021.

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Registration deadline: 2nd April 2021

Max. number of participants: 25

ECTS points: 2

Course leader: Bjørn Torgrim Ramberg


The course in theories of knowledge features discussions of the history and legitimacy of the humanities, as well as selecting key topics in humanities debates for closer examination. It highlights current scholarly discussions of key humanities concepts and concerns, such as the status of the text, the interpretation of subjects, their contexts and histories, as well as developments in the medical, digital and environmental humanities. In pedagogical terms, the course combines talks, lectures, panel and discussion formats.

This is a compulsory course for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities. Candidates in their second semester or later will be given priority.


The course consists of two joint meetings and group work. Work-groups will be assigned on the first course day. Prior to the final course day, each work-group will prepare a 20 minute, PowerPoint-based Zoom presentation. Presentations will be given during the final course day. 

Day 1 - May 3, 09:30-14:00:

9.30 - 10.00 Information on course structure and the group assignment (BTR). 

10.15 - 12.15 First meeting of individual work-groups, consultation with BTR. 

13.00 - 14.00 Talk by BTR: Some issues in the theory of knowledge for the Humanities. 

Day 2 - May 28, 09:30-15:30:

20-minute group presentations, each with two 4-minute commentaries (assigned by BTR)  

9.30 - 10.00: Group 1 

10.00 - 11.30: Group 2 

12.00 - 12.30: Group 3 

13.30 - 14.00: Group 4 

14:30 – 15:00: Group 5 

15:00-15:30: Summing up  

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