How people have lived from ancient times until today is surveyed through successful research at the University. Objects, buildings and landscapes, as well as skeletons of humans and animals, are studied to reveal information about past societies.
This research covers a wide area. It deals not only with issues of linguistics and language pedagogy, but also covers studies of how the human brain handles language, and social issues relating to minority languages and language policy.
Themes and approaches in cinema studies vary over time. Nonetheless, the focus is always on the ability to analyse moving images and to place film in context.
From Swedish contacts with the outside world during the Middle Ages, to the emergence of the welfare state – historical research at the University spans different time periods, as well as different fields.
What similarities and differences are there between the world's languages? In what way do infants learn their mother tongue? How do languages change, and how do they influence each other?
What makes a story? How is literary history written? And what do literature and reading mean to society and culture? These are some of the questions posed in the field of literature studies.
The research environment in philosophy is nationally outstanding and, in many areas, internationally prominent. This applies to research in both theoretical and practical philosophy.
The Romance languages are spoken by a billion people in different parts the world. This area of research explores how these languages interact with culture and social development.