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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

Wed 07 Oct
17:00-19:00 | Høegh Guldbergs Gade 65B, 8000C Aarhus
Fermenting Data: categorising taste and colour
Workshop 2 - A series of three workshops invites you to explore fermentation and digitization together. Working with microbes, vegetables, minerals, jars, sensors and other technologies, we will experiment with these two processing techniques to play and discover how fermenting can infuse data and how data can become part of fermentation. The workshops are participatory and open to all.
Thu 29 Oct
14:15-17:00 | Kasernen, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 139, Aarhus C
A. S. Aurora Hoel: Human/Nonhuman Images
Aesthetic Seminar
Sat 31 Oct
12:00-17:00 | Sigrids Stue, Dortesvej 3, , Karen Blixens Boulevard, 8220 Brabrand
Fermenting Data: sharing food sharing data
Workshop 3 - A series of three workshops invites you to explore fermentation and digitization together. Working with microbes, vegetables, minerals, jars, sensors and other technologies, we will experiment with these two processing techniques to play and discover how fermenting can infuse data and how data can become part of fermentation. The workshops are participatory and open to all.

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News from the school

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.

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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