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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

Fri 25 Oct
12:00-14:00 | Aarhus University, Bldg. 1441, Room 012
Taking a look into the “black box”: Writing processes, strategies and routines of successful writers
25. oktober 2019 har vi i Center for International Erhvervskommunikation besøg af Sabine Dengscherz fra Universität Wien. Sabine er specialiseret i fremmedsprogsindlæring, faglig skrivning og oversættelse. Hun har arbejdet som journalist og sproglærer og underviser for tiden i oversættelse og skrivning ved Universität Wien. Hun er præsident for det østrigske selskab for skriveforskning og hun har skrevet doktorafhandling om strategier og rutiner i tekstproduktionsprocesser. Hun vil tale om sine indsigter i generelle skriveprocesser på basis af individuelle skrivebiografier og processer. I forbindelse med besøget vil vi gerne invitere jer alle til følgende foredrag med efterfølgende diskussion med Sabine.
Mon 28 Oct
09:00-14:00 | Aarhus University, Helsingforsgade 14, Building 5347, Brandorff Lounge (Wiener 120), 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark
Workshop: Making hybrid publications using Git and web technologies
Humans and IT research programme (HIT), Digital Aesthetics Research Center (DARC) has invited Stéphanie Vilayphiou and Gijs de Heij from OSP (Open Source Publishing) to give a workshop regarding hybrid publications.
Tue 29 Oct
13:00-16:00 | Aarhus University, Building 1253-211, Bartholins Alle 3, 8000 Aarhus C
PhD Defence Mikkel Hjorth
The K-12 Maker Studio: Towards Teaching and Development of Design Literacy in Educational Maker Settings

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News from the school

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 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.

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