The LCE workshops serve as a venue to work together on concepts, texts and theories across different disciplines.

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LCE Writing Workshop 

15 November 2021 (10 am – 2 pm) at NT 12th floor.

During a 4-hour workshop, we will explore questions related to writing in an academic context. 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? 

Bring pen and paper, or a computer, and thoughts about a project you are currently working on. 

The workshop will be particularly helpful for M.A. students working on a thesis related to literature. 

Sign up by 7 November here:

Organizer: Alexandra Effe

POSTPONED Book Hack: Extended reading - extended listening? 

This event is postponed until further notice.


Workshop for MA students with an interest in literature.

4 Nov. 2021, 10:00 am -13:30 pm.

In this workshop, we will look at the embodied nature of the printed book as physical artefact - and at the same time challenge the dominant focus on print reading within literary studies - by addressing the audiobook as crucial contemporary literary medium.

Please sign up by 28 October 2021 through nettskjema

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Natalia Igl and Signe Marie Brandsæter


POSTPONED Moments and Modes of Self-Reflexivity

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This workshop explores readerly engagement with self-reflexive texts. Approaching the experience of the reader from an interdisciplinary perspective at the intersection of literary studies and cognitive science, we address the following questions:

  • What are modes of self-reflexivity and how can we measure them?
  • What does (an experience of) self-reflexivity look like?
  • Which kinds of texts constitute such a mode of writing and elicit such modes of reading?
  • Are particular narrative strategies particularly prone to eliciting such modes?
  • How do we experience metanarrative and metafictional texts? How are embodied and conceptual dimensions of reading interlinked?
  • How do texts “write their readers” (Birke 2016) by commenting on production and reception within the text?
  • What is the role of a text’s materiality, and of the medial conditions of its production and reception (from early printing to the digital age)?


Alexandra Effe


Becoming Attached – Attachment’s Role in Literary Studies

Time and place: Sep. 17, 2019 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, Georg Sverdrups hus, seminarrom 2

Attachment may be taken as a synonym for love, liking, affiliation, and has recently been launched as a keyword for the humanities and for literary studies (Felski, 2008, 2015). In psychology, however, attachment is a more complex form of human relationship involving both cognitive and emotional development, and physical survival (Bowlby, 1979).

This workshop raises questions about how, and to what extent it makes sense to think of attachment as a form of aesthetic judgment, as a way of thinking how readers and writers engage with literature, and what literature possibly can teach us about the making and breaking of affectional bonds. Against this backdrop, the workshop looks into attachment’s role in literature, and literature’s role in attachment, and encourages inquiries into the meaning of the term attachment, and how it has been and might be used in relation to literary studies.

Everybody is welcome!


10:15 Welcome & Introduction

Session 1

Moderator: Camilla Chams, Research Fellow in Comparative Literature, University of Oslo

10:30 Kay Young: ”We were together. I forget the rest: Attachment Theory and Literature”

11:00 Christian Refsum: Attachment and Vulnerability in Karl Ove Knausgård’s Spring

11:30 Hans Petter Blad: A Writer’s Attachment to his Own Work

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session 2

Moderator: Karin Kukkonen, Professor in Comparative Literature, University of Oslo

13:00 Camilla Chams: What’s Writing Got to Do with It?

13:30 Karine Porpino Viana: Development of the Representations of the Mother-Child Attachment Relationship in Western Literature from 1945-2018

14:00 Benjamin Yazdan: Experience and Attachment in Tone Hødnebø’s poetry

14:30-15:00 Coffee

Session 3

Moderator: Kay Young, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

15:00–16:00 Discussion

This workshop has been organized in conjunction with the midway PhD assessment for Camilla Chams in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo.


Kay Young is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a founding member and former director of the Literature and Mind Program at UCSB.

Christian Refsum is Professor in Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo, and a founding member of the research group Travelling Texts.

Hans Petter Blad is a Norwegian novelist, poet and playwright:

Karin Kukkonen is Professor in Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo, and the convenor of the research and educations initiative, Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE).

Camilla Chams is a Research Fellow in Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo, and a member of the research group Literature, Cognition, and Emotions (LCE).

Karine Porpino Viana is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at the University of Oslo, and a member of the research group Emotion Understanding in Children across Cultures.

Benjamin Yazdan is a Film- and Literary critic for Klassekampen and BLA, and holds a Master in Comparative Literature from the University of Oslo.


Camilla Chams

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