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

Thu 04 Oct
09:00-18:00 | Location: Department of Media and Journalism, Building 5335, Room 295
Workshop: Nordic Noir, Geopolitics, and the North
Date: 4 & 5 October Time: 09:00 — 18:00 Location: Department of Media and Journalism, Building 5335, Room 295
Fri 05 Oct
14:00-16:00 | Big Auditorium, Building 5510-103, INCUBA Science Park, Åbogade
Image Politics and Machine Learning: image appropriation and the fragmented body
Talk by Lia Carreira Friday 5 October 14.00-16.00 the big Auditorium, Building 5510-103, INCUBA Science Park; Åbogade
Mon 08 Oct
09:00-15:30 | Campus Aarhus, Nobelparken/Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1481, room 324
PhD Course: Theories of Language Awareness and their Implications for Plurilingual Language Teaching
Lecturer: Ulrike Jessner-Schmid.

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News from the school

2014.11.26 | Students, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

Students´ project to be displayed at an international conference.

Among many other things, the recently finished Media Architectural Biennale, MAB14, also included a presentation of a new installation, designed by students from Media Science, Digital Design and Computer Science.

2014.06.04 | Conference, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

How can technology help to give children good lives?

In cooperation with the LEGO Foundation and Intel, Aarhus University is hosting the world’s biggest international research conference on children and technology. The event will take place in Aarhus on 17-20 June.

2014.05.20 | Research, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

Event at the Aarhus Main Library was digitised by PIT

The Aarhus University research centre PIT added a digital layer to the Aarhus Mini Maker Faire, which was held at the Aarhus Main Library. The project group hopes that the experiment will help create a closer connection between the digital and the physical universe.

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