Department of English

At the Department of English, we engage with English as the language of globalisation, the native 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

Wed 31 Oct
18:30-21:30 | Nobelparken, building 1481, room 366
Irish film series - 'Troubles Cinema': Bloody Sunday
CISA Autumn Irish Film Series: 'Troubles Cinema', with companion lecture by Sara Dybris McQuaid
Wed 31 Oct
19:00-21:00 | Kunsthal Aarhus, J.M. Mørks Gade 13, 8000 Aarhus C
How We Curate: Talk Series on Curating
Anders Gaardboe Jensen, who is Director of Holstebro Art Museum, and Magnus Kaslov, who is curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, will talk about collections and contemporariness as part of the talk series How We Curate at Kunsthal Aarhus
Thu 01 Nov
14:15-17:00 | Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124
Kristin Veel: Social Media Small Forms
Aesthetic Seminar

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News from the school

2016.02.11 | Research, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

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 Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

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 Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

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.

2015.10.02 | CC

Per Stounbjerg appointed Acting Head of School

Associate professor Per Stounbjerg, dr.phil. has been appointed to the position of Acting Head of the School of Communication and Culture. He is replacing Niels Lehmann, who has been appointed Acting Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of Arts.

2015.09.02 | Awards, Nordiske Studier og Oplevelsesøkonomi

Professor Stephen A. Mitchell appointed honorary doctor

Professor Stephen A. Mitchell from Harvard University has been appointed honorary doctor at Aarhus University based on his ground-breaking research in the Viking Age and medieval Scandinavia.

2015.06.24 | Research, Kulturelle Transformationer

Call for applicants

We are calling for applicants for an Individual Fellowship (IF) within the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie action, to be hosted within the Cultural Transformations research programme of the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University.

2015.03.04 | Research, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

SMART CITY THINK-TANK TO FOCUS ON FUTURE CITIES

A new think-tank is to emphasise the needs of people in the face of the digital revolution. The think-tank has been set up by Carsten Hansen, the Minister for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. And the chair is to be Martin Brynskov, an associate professor of information studies at AU.

2015.01.28 | Research, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

Martin Brynskov to coordinate a new, major EU project

OrganiCity is the name of a new EU project with € 7.2 million in funding which will be putting people at the centre of the development of future cities. Martin Brynskov, an associate professor of information studies at Aarhus University, is the project coordinator.

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