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.


  • Two Prizes awarded to LCE members July 2, 2019

    The University of Oslo has awarded the UiO's Young Researchers Award to Karin Kukkonen, and Francisco Pons has received the Lev Vygotsky prize from the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

  • Three guest-lectures this fall June 25, 2019

    LCE will host guest-lecturers Winfried Menninghaus, Johanna K. Kaakinen and Sibylle Baumbach in a series of lectures this fall.


Sep. 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM , P.A Munchs hus, room 360 Add to calendar
Sep. 11, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM , P.A Munch, seminarroom 360 Add to calendar

Research topics

  1. Emotions across cultures and languages

  2. Cultural and cognitive memory
  3. Literature as a lifeworld technology


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

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