Roar Lishaugen

Associate Professor - Sentral-Europa og Balkan-studier
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Phone +47 22845883
Room NT 1112
Visiting address Niels Treschows hus 11th floor Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic Interests

Czech language, literature, and culture. Central Europe. History of the Book and Reading. Cultural history. Prague School.


My research interests lie in Czech literature and culture, Central-European cultural history, and in the history of the book and reading. I participate in READ-IT (2018-2020), a project aiming to build an investigation tool to identify evidence about 18th-21st century reading in digitized materials and to prepare the ground for a European reading experience database.   

Both individually and with Jiřina Šmejkalová from the Charles University in Prague, I have worked on different aspects of Central-European book and reading culture in the Communist period – lately with a particular interest in paper as a strategic raw material and political tool.

I have published on Czech literature of the Fin de siècle, literature and queer theory, Czech interwar homoerotic literature, and on literature and reception theory, particularly the perspectives of the Prague School.


I hold a PhD in Slavic Languages from the University of Gothenburg (2009) with a thesis on Czech literature. From 2011 to 2015, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at ILOS with the project Centrally Controlled Reading - Czech and Polish Reading Culture behind the Iron Curtain 1950-1980.

I have taught Czech at the University of Gothenburg (2004-2011), Czech literature at the Charles University in Prague (2009-2010) and at the University of Hradec Králové, Czechia (2015-2019).

Tags: Czech, Czechia, Central Europe, History of reading, Book history, Cultural history, Literature, Comparative literature
Published Nov. 24, 2015 1:32 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2019 3:41 PM


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