Research at the Faculty of Arts is characterized by both breadth and depth. The breadth is exemplified by the 30 disciplines in which doctorate licenciate degrees are awarded.
The faculty board has on several occasions expressed the intention to retain the breadth of disciplines in which research is carried out at the faculty. In order to create large and vital research environments, interdisciplinary co-operation is therefore necessary.
There are several interdisciplinary research areas which are unusually strong at the Faculty of Arts. One is language technology, which involves co-operation between linguists, scholars of Scandinavian languages and computer scientists. The aim of the humanistic branch language technology is the study of human language and interaction in order to facilitate the development of robust systems of computer-aided communication.Språkbanken (the language bank, a collection of corpora, mainly in Swedish) and Centre for Language Technology (CLT) are integral parts of the language technology profile.
Another is Critical Heritage Studies (CHS), at the University of Gothenburg it is a research area devoted to critical and interdisciplinary studies of the many layers of cultural heritage as a material, intangible, emotional and intellectual field.CHS activities at the University are framed in four research areas; Urban Heritage, Staging the Archives, Globalizing Heritage, and Heritage Academy.
A major profile within the faculty is that of medieval studies. This profile includes research within history, archaeology, religious studies and several of the language disciplines. One of the major themes of this research is the place of Sweden in medieval Europe.
Another major profile is that of contemporary culture. This profile involves researchers in several of the esthetic disciplines (musicology, film studies, visual arts and literature) as well as cultural studies and gender studies.
For further information about research at our Departments, see the list below:
The Medieval Studies Committee are an interdisciplinary group at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Gothenburg, who arrange seminars and symposia about the Middle Ages.
The network for environmental humanities at Gothenburg University (GUEHN) is a forum for scholars who share an interest in questions of meaning, value, ethics, and justice within contemporary environmental concerns.