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.

Research topics

  1. Emotions across cultures and languages

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


Starting in autumn 2019, LCE will offer an interdisciplinary course thread for BA students at the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Psychology. In addition, a special programme for MA students planning to write their thesis on a relevant topic will be launched.


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

January-July 2019: Rolf Reber, Professor, Department of Psychology