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Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE)

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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 offers interdisciplinary courses on BA and MA level, as well as options for exchange studies.
  • For students on MA level, we offer supervision, stipends and host teaching events.
  • Our digital teaching materials is an open educational resource for teachers, students and anyone with an interest in literature and psychology.


  • Image may contain: Camera, Digital camera, Camera lens, Camera accessory, Reflex camera. LCE Writing Workshop Oct. 15, 2021

    Writing in an academic context is far from obvious. How important is style and how do I judge it? What is my academic voice? Which tools can help me become a better and more productive writer? How do I overcome writer’s block?

  • Image may contain: Window, Rectangle, Shelving, Wood, Art. LCE Book Hack: Extended reading – extended listening? Oct. 13, 2021

    Can you say you read a book when you listened to its audio version? What does voice add to print and paper? And are the habits of audiobook-listeners different from paper-readers?


Public Outreach

Read articles and interviews with LCE in the media, and watch recordings of our public talks and events.

LCE in social media



LCE collaborates internally between the following departments at the University of Oslo:

Our external network of associated research groups and centres stretches from Europe to the US and Australia. 

Contact us

Karin Kukkonen


Phone: +47 22854872

Professor, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages


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.