Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE)

Open book and the research groups visual sign. Illustration.

How literature shapes thought and feelings

Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) is an interdisciplinary hub that brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about literature.



LCE organises a reading group, annual lectures, talks, teaching events and workshops.

Reading Group on Edmund Husserl 

7 October, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM 



  • Emotions across cultures and languages - the ways in which literature highlights our feelings across different cultures and languages.
  • Cultural and cognitive memory - how literature shapes memories and identities.
  • Literature as a lifeworld technology - the role that literary texts and literary reading play in the digital lifeworld.


LCE offers an interdisciplinary course thread for BA students at the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Psychology as well as a repository of digital teaching material. For MA students, we offer a series of courses, stipends and supervision.


Our network of associated research groups and centres stretches from Europe to the US and Australia. We work together with groups in empirical approaches to literature, cognitive literary study, memory studies and digital humanities.


LCE is a collaboration between the following departments at the University of Oslo:




Contact us

Karin Kukkonen

Professor, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages

22 85 48 72

Research and Education initiatives at the Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities promotes five research and education initiatives between 2019 and 2023. The goal is to contribute to solutions for the societal challenges of our day.