Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE)

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.


  • stijn-and-karin-1000x562 Podcast: Cultural Memory in Balkan Literature Feb. 18, 2021

    Associate Professor Stijn Vervaet talks about the role of literature in relation to cultural memory in the fourth episode of the Literature, Cognition and Emotions Podcast.

  • beate-and-karin-1000x562 Podcast: Kama Muta or The Feeling of Being Moved Feb. 4, 2021

    Listen to Professor Beate Seibt talk about the feeling of ‘being moved’ and its relation to literature in the third episode of the Literature, Cognition and Emotions Podcast.


Podcast: "Literature, Cognition and Emotions"

The LCE podcast is a series of conversations on how literature shapes our thoughts and feelings.



LCE offers an interdisciplinary course thread for BA students at the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Psychology. For MA students, we offer a series of courses, stipends and supervision. We also have an open repository of digital teaching materials.


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


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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.