Interdisciplinarity in Literary Studies

What is the role of literary studies in interdisciplinary research contexts? LCE invites you to a panel discussion in connection with this year's Annual Lecture.

Portraits, left to right: Stefan Collini, Mathilde Skoie, Christian Benne, Karin Kukkonen, Bruno Laeng and Sarah Bro Trasmundi.

Top left to right: Stefan Collini, Mathilde Skoie, Christian Benne, bottom left to right: Karin Kukkonen, Bruno Laeng and Sarah Bro Trasmundi. Photos: Ruth Morse, UiO, KU, UiO, UiO & UiO.

Working between and across disciplines is a common expectation in today's university. 

  • What does interdisciplinarity look like in the day-to-day activities of scholars?
  • What frameworks do we have to make it happen?
  • And what can be the role of literary studies in a research world that constantly asks scholars to go beyond the boundaries of their disciplines?

In connection with the LCE Annual Lecture, LCE invites to a panel discussion on these matters.

The panel consists of

  • Christian Benne, Professor of German and European literature and intellectual history (the University of Copenhagen, KU)
  • Karin Kukkonen, Professor in Comparative Literature and Convenor of LCE (UiO)
  • Bruno Laeng, Professor in Cognitive Neuropsychology (UiO)
  • and Mathilde Skoie, Professor in Latin (UiO).
  • Response by Stefan Collini, Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy.
  • Moderator: Sarah Bro Trasmundi, Researcher at LCE (UiO) and Lecturer (the University of Southern Denmark, SDU)


  • 13.15: Welcome
  • 13.25: Christian Benne – “Against interdisciplinarity. An atopian reflection”
  • 13.45: Karin Kukkonen – “Interdisciplinarity: The Long and the Short Horizon”
  • 14.05: Bruno Laeng – “The third culture”
  • 14.25: Mathilde Skoie: “Opportunities & obstacles: a view from the second floor of Niels Treschow’s house”
  • 14.40–15.00: Coffee break
  • 15.00–15.45: Direct responses from Stefan Collini à general discussion


Published Aug. 17, 2022 2:35 PM - Last modified Sep. 19, 2022 3:27 PM