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About the Centre for Ibsen Studies

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The Center for Ibsen Studies is a research and teaching institute with broad expertise in literary, theater and reception science. We have students from all over the world in our master's program and the centre is world leading in digital humanities.

Management at the Ibsen Centre

Head of Centre: Ellen Rees




Our expertise

At the Centre for Ibsen Studies, we focus on Henrik Ibsen's authorship and the interpretations of his work through:

Our history

The Centre was founded in 1991 and the official opening took place in 1993.

The original idea was a collaboration between the old University Library (now the National Library) and the University of Oslo in order to create an international documentation Centre that would serve Ibsen researchers.

In 2004, a master programme in Ibsen Studies was established. In 2009, the Centre moved from its original location in The Observatory to Henrik Wergelands House on the upper Blindern campus, where it is now a part of the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies.

Annual Ibsen Lectures

The Centre for Ibsen Studies has since 2007 arranged an Annual Ibsen Lecture each fall. The lecture series showcases major international figures who have engaged with Ibsen and his works from various perspectives. These presentations are free and open to students and the general public.

International Ibsen Committee

The members of the Ibsen Committee work together to arrange the International Ibsen Conference every three years in different countries.


A new council was established in 2022. The council acts as an advisory body to the faculty board. The council is also a co-operation body for various actors within the Ibsen field.

Annual Reports


Head of Centre: Ellen Rees

Mailing address

Centre for Ibsen Studies 1166 Blindern
0317 Oslo, Norway

Visiting address

Henrik Wergelands hus (2. floor)
Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Blindern, Oslo