Research topic: Eastern Europe
By ”Eastern Europe”, we mean Russia and the other countries where Slavic languages are spoken and that after World War II had Communist regimes. Researchers at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) have particular expertise on Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.
Today, all these countries are experiencing demanding processes where national identities and political systems are being challenged, and where the countries’ rich heritages face pressure from globalization and from their own social, economic, and political problems. Events in Russia are unfolding at a fast rate, with consequences for neighboring countries such as Ukraine and for the citizens of Russia itself. Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Balkan countries orient themselves towards European cooperation, carrying with them experiences of totalitarianism.
The researchers at ILOS have thorough research expertise in the Slavic languages, especially Russian, Polish, Czech, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Focus areas are modern grammar, translation, differences and similarities between Norwegian and the Slavic languages, early Slavic language history, and how languages are used to create national communities. Knowledge of the Slavic languages provides depth to our research expertise on Eastern Europe’s politics, cultures, and societies. In the Slavic countries, literature occupies an important position. We work especially on Slavic literary theory and on Russian, Polish and Ukrainian literature, spanning eighteenth century and modern classics, such as Platonov, Shalamov, Gombrowicz and Szymborska, and contemporary authors, such as Pelevin, Paziński, and Zhadan.