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Research groups

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The research group will explore how questions concerning identity and diversity are pertinent to the discussion of aesthetic expressions, theories, and concepts.

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What characterises the area studies approach, and which research questions are central to scholars working within area studies?

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Book History is an interdisciplinary field of research. We explore the role of the book as a material object, medium of literature and historically changing cultural artefact from theoretical, empirical and historical perspectives.

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Borders are fundamental to our dealings with the world. How does literature help us understand borders?

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From a sociological perspective, our research focuses on the cultural exchanges between the two regions.

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How are memories transferred between cultures, and how are cultural memories important to understand identity? 

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Literary and cultural texts that explore environmental issues provide important sites for ecocritical analysis.

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The English Language and Corpus Linguistics Research (ELC) Group provides a forum for the discussion of topics related to corpus linguistics, particularly within English language research.

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How do figurations like metaphor and metonymy function in various discourses and contexts?

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How can we understand the concept of resistance and its various forms of expression?

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This group provides a basis and a focus for research and tuition in syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

We study the representation and construction of various kinds of illness and disability in literary and cultural texts.

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This research group consists of scholars dealing with linguistics, literature, and cultural studies: we are interested in migration and real and metaphorical borders, and how these phenomena shape individual and collective identity.

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This group provides a forum for discussing multilingual practices in Central Europe and the Balkans from a linguistic and literary perspective.

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Bringing together researchers investigating how speakers go beyond linguistically encoded meaning in communication, and how children develop this ability.

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“Temporal Experiments” is an interdisciplinary research group engaged in an expansive investigation of the interactions between literature, art, temporality, and the social world.  We seek to understand the different roles that practices and conceptions of time play in aesthetic experience and in everyday life.

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The interdisciplinary research group brings together a number of scholars working on early modern literature, broadly defined as the centuries between 1300 and 1700. 

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How does literature, art and philosophy explore, excavate, and produce conventions, patterns, and infrastructure for communities?

The research group investigates second and third language writing development through a corpus of authentic pupil texts from Norwegian schools.