Research at the Faculty of Arts
Research is successfully conducted within the areas of language, culture, history, archaeology, religion, philosophy, literature, art, and media studies.
Research within the humanities provide knowledge, insights and understanding of existence in its deepest sense. The humanities provide a foundation and also important contributions to the work of finding solutions to humanity's problems and challenges.
At the Faculty of Arts’ departments and research centers successful research that has both social significance and scientific relevance is conducted within the areas of archaeology, art, culture, history, language, literature, media studies, philosophy, and religious studies.
The faculty's researchers are currently engaged in extensive interdisciplinary cooperation and networks, both within the university, nationally and internationally.
Researchers at the Faculty of Arts are actively involved in research that addresses global challenges. International bodies such as the EU, the WHO and the UN have identified a number of areas such as environment, health and sustainability, where research in the humanities can – and should – play an essential role in framing, analyzing and present possible solutions to the problems facing the world.
Through various “seed-money” calls, beginning in 2015, the Faculty of Arts has provided support for research related to global challenges.
Research in the field of Humanities and Information Technology is conducted at several faculty departments and is in many cases linked to the Humlab unit, which has been active in the field since 2001.
Research and teaching in the field of Digital Humanities, sometimes referred to as "Humanities and Information Technology", is conducted by several faculty departments. However, in some contexts it may be more appropriate to talk about the humanities in a digital era.
The Faculty of Arts has made a commitment to Digital Humanities in recent years. A number of PhD students with digital profiles have been admitted to doctoral programs. The Humanities Building has been rebuilt and designed for teaching supported by technology.
At a time when society's digitization affects people's ways of living, communicating and expressing themselves, it is obvious that also research in the humanities is affected. The humanities are about critically interpreting and understand human beings in their context. In a digital age, it is about studying expressions through digital media, as well as how people relate to digital technology, and to study human culture with digital tools and methods.