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ILLREP: Representations of Illness and Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts

This research group is designed to create opportunities for discussion and collaboration related to the representation and construction of various kinds of illness and disability in literary and cultural texts.

We are particularly interested in connections between constructions of illness and disability and the cultural politics of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and animality.

Although the group started in literary studies (through the Literature in English program in ILOS: Institute for Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages), it is also interdisciplinary, reaching out to scholars from fields such as

  • special needs education
  • science and technology studies
  • health sciences
  • medical humanities
  • media studies
  • cultural studies
  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • psychology
  • history


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Research projects


Illness and Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts: An International Seminar

On June 17, 2019, the ILLREP research group will be hosting a one-day interdisciplinary seminar featuring multiple speakers from the University of Oslo and beyond. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Susan Schweik, Professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of works including The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (2009). Further details can be found here, and you can click here to register.

International Symposium: Posthuman Entanglements

On May 15, 2018, the BIODIAL research project will be hosting a symposium entitled 'Posthuman Entanglements' at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. Cary Wolfe and Mel Y. Chen are among the confirmed speakers. Click here for more details.

Book Launch: Snart er vi alle pasienter: Medikalisering i Norden

Edited by Hilde Bondevik, Ole Jacob Madsen and Kari Nyheim Solbrække

23 May, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Representations of Disability (Oslo FunkFest)

28 September, 2016, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.


Gendering Cancer: Bodies, Hairdressing and Healthcare in Contemporary Cancer Narratives (UiO Centre for Gender Research)

29 September, 2016, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Academic programmes and courses

Published Apr. 12, 2016 12:00 PM - Last modified Jan. 29, 2021 12:06 PM