Department of English

English is the language of globalisation, the first language for almost 400 million people and the language of communication for many more. English at Aarhus University is one of the largest and most international departments within the Faculty of Arts, with researchers and lecturers from the UK, the USA, Canada, Ireland, India, the Czech Republic, Germany, Tanzania and, of course, Denmark. The research covers four broad disciplines - linguistics, literature, social /historical/media studies, and international business communication - and regions in which English is the primary language - the British Isles, the United States and the English-speaking post-colonial world, as well as English as the global language of international business communication.

Research environment

The linguistic research ranges over language acquisition, multilingualism, comparative and theoretical phonetics and phonology, comparative and theoretical morphology and syntax, language variation and change, language comprehension, and how language is processed in the brain. Research in literature is concerned with a wide range of authors, from Shakespeare, through Austen and Dickens, to living writers such as Thomas Pynchon and Amitav Ghosh, as well as with theoretical approaches to literature such as new historicism, eco-criticism, gender studies, and the relations between literature and moral philosophy. Research in social/historical/media studies examines topics such as migration, hybridity and identity, culture and technology, ethnic conflict and nationalism, memory policy, cultural heritage and tourism, social media, film, and popular and folk music history. Research in international business communication ranges over theories and methods of strategic corporate communication, knowledge communication, lexicography, translation and intercultural communication needed to manage English professional communication in Danish and international companies and organisations with particular focus on business-related topics concerning the English language, business communication and the business environment.

 

 

Upcoming Events at the Department

Fri 23 Jun
11:00-12:00 | Nygaard-building (5335), room 184, Finlandsgade/Helsingforsgade, 8200 Aarhus N
Information meeting on the PhD program
ICT, Media, communication and journalism
Mon 03 Jul
09:00-17:00 | København
Harvard Institute for World Literature
The Harvard Institute for World Literature will hold its seventh summer school session from July 3 through July 26, 2017 at the University of Copenhagen in joint partnership with Aarhus University. Mads Rosendahl Thomsen is the coordinator at Aarhus University.

News from the school

Photo: SynchroniCity/Tom Blockley

2017.02.23 | Research, Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design

Aarhus University to head giant global project on technology in future cities

EU issues major grant to associate professor Martin Brynskov and the beacon project SynchroniCity. This gives Aarhus University a leading role in developing the Internet of Things in cities, and a unique opportunity to work with a global consortium to influence the current process of digitalisation.

2016.12.01 | Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design

Turn On Literature: A new EU-project involving the Poetry Machines

A new EU-project includes a further development, distribution and translation of the Poetry Machines. Two new partners join in – a library in Norway and a library in Romania.

2016.11.04 | Research, Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design

An expanding global smart city network

Martin Brynskov, associate professor of information studies, is working hard to expand the international smart city research network, and has just signed a collaboration agreement with Seoul in South Korea.

Photos: courtesy of the artists

2016.06.17 | Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design, Arts, Research

There are always research elements in my artworks

Winnie Soon, a PhD student of Information Studies, has contributed to an exhibition about media art in Hong Kong with “Jsut code”, an artwork showing Twitter messages that must be decoded using a smartphone.

2016.06.03 | People, Litteraturhistorie og Retorik

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen, associate professor in comparative literature, has been appointed president of the international literature project CHLEL

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen has been elected to lead the Coordinating Committee for the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages Series (CHLEL), which conducts research within literature across borders.

2016.02.11 | Research, Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design

The School of Communication and Culture appoints five new MSO professors

Five researchers at the School of Communication and Culture have been appointed to the position of MSO professor (MSO stands for "with special responsibilities" in Danish).

Photo: Lise Balsby (AU Foto)

2016.02.10 | Arts, CC

New Master's degree programme focuses on intercultural competences

In the summer of 2016 the School of Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University is launching a new Master’s degree programme in intercultural studies. Students can specialise in five different languages.

2016.01.28 | Research, Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design

LARGE GRANT AWARDED TO RESEARCH PROJECT ON SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY

The Aarhus University Research Foundation has awarded a grant of DKK 2.65 million to a research project on the use of surveillance by families, schools and others.

2016.01.15 | Litteraturhistorie og Retorik, Litteraturhistorie

Svend Erik Larsen, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, receives a prestigious Chinese visiting professorship

Sven Erik Larsen has been appointed Yangtze River Chaired Visiting Professor at the School of Literature and Journalism, Sichuan University, Chengdu from 2016 to 2019.

2015.12.04 | Research, Afd. for Informationsvidenskab og Digital Design

DKK 1.5 million for urban experiments in Aarhus

At the beginning of the year, a new major EU project was launched at a workshop where the name of the new project and the visions behind it were presented. OrganiCity is the name of the EU project, and this international research project is headed by Martin Brynskov, associate professor of information studies at Aarhus University.

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