Research at the Faculty of Arts is characterized by both breadth and depth. The bredth is exemplified by the 34 disciplines in which doctorate licenciate degrees are awarded.
The faculty board has on several occasions expressed the intention to retain the bredth of disciplines in which research is carried out at the faculty. In order to create large and vital research environments, interdisciplinary co-operation is therefore necessary.
There are several interdisciplinary research areas which are unusually strong at the Faculty of Arts. One is language technology, which involves co-operation between linguists, scholars of Scandinavian languages and computer scientists. The aim of the humanistic branch language technology is the study of human language and interaction in order to facilitate the development of robust systems of computer-aided communication. The Graduate school of language technology and Språkbanken (the language bank, a collection of corpora, mainly in Swedish) are integral parts of the language technology profile.
A second major profile within the faculty is that of medieval studies. This profile includes research within history, archaeology, religious studies and several of the language disciplines. One of the major themes of this research is the place of Sweden in medieval Europe.
A third major profile is that of contemporary culture. This profile involves researchers in several of the esthetic disciplines (musicology, film studies, visual arts and literature) as well as cultural studies. Scholars from this area have recently applied for funding to start a graduate school with a number of other institutions of higher learning in Western Sweden.
For further information about research at our Departments, see the list below:
The Medieval Studies Committee are an interdisciplinary group at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Gothenburg, who arrange seminars and symposia about the Middle Ages.