Oslo Katedralskole Library: Thinking with Historical Literature

As part of a day of outreach lessons for students at Oslo Katedralskole on exciting approaches to historical texts, UiO staff and students too are invited to go back to school and have a tour and discussion in the Oslo Katedralskole old school library. It is a chance to see the oldest library in Norway (with collections spanning nine centuries), and one of its most important historical book collections. Not to mention their Viking swords, magic spell book and skeleton.

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Spell-book in the Oslo Katedralskole library; Photo: Yasemin Hacioglu

The library seminar for UiO staff and students takes place at 10am-11am on the 3rd September 2019. If you would like to attend, please e-mail Yasemin Hacioglu IN ADVANCE to arrange meeting and access.

You will be in the company of specialists in eighteenth-century literature who focus on a combination of material culture, the history of reading and cognitive theory, to look at how books enable you to think. Topics which we might touch on among others (continuing on from introducing them to the school’s students) include marginalia and reading practices, psychology and literature, labouring class poets, and collaging prints and fashion magazines.

The participants are:

Jennifer Batt is a Lecturer at the Department of English and co-director of the Centre for Material Texts at the University of Bristol:  https://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/en/persons/jennifer-batt(d3534da2-3a08-473a-9ba3-569a939d036e).html

Ernst Bjerke is a historian and the librarian of Oslo Katedralskole: https://oslo-katedral.vgs.no/fagtilbud/laringsstotte/skolebiblioteket/

Yasemin Hacioglu is a Doctoral Research Fellow in in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo.

Karin Kukkonen is Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo: https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/people/aca/karinkuk/

Abigail Williams is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford: https://www.english.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-abigail-williams


This outreach day of events has been organised by Yasemin Hacioglu with the support of Oslo Katedralskole, in conjunction with Yasemin’s midway PhD assessment in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo.

Staff and students from any discipline are welcome to join this part of the day as interdisciplinary conversations are encouraged. The assessed PhD project is part of the research and education initiative Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) which is an interdisciplinary hub that brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about literature. https://www.hf.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/lce/


Yasemin Hacioglu, at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
Published Aug. 27, 2019 4:37 PM - Last modified Aug. 4, 2022 2:58 PM