English Studies in Sweden
Here you can find information about the broad variety of teaching and research in English linguistics and literary studies in English carried out by SWESSE members at universities and colleges across Sweden.
Four people conduct research in English at the University of Gävle: Marko Modiano, professor, and senior lecturers Kavita Thomas, Henrik Kaatari and Iulian Cananau, who is the coordinator of English Studies. With a background in British literary history, Marko Modiano’s research addresses the global spread of English, European English and pedagogical approaches to teaching in multicultural classrooms. Kavita Thomas currently conducts research in second language acquisition and has a research background in dialogic interaction and computational linguistics with postdoctoral fellowships focusing on the communication of spatial information. Henrik Kaatari’s research is in corpus linguistics and language learning with a special focus on grammatical variation, syntactic complexity and the intersection between formality and linguistic complexity. Iulian Cananau conducts research in American literary history, literary theory, conceptual history and, more recently, critical thinking in literature teaching and teacher education.
Three lecturers, Susanne Greés, Lisa Johansson and Jessika Nilsson, all of them certified English teachers with many years of experience in upper secondary schools in Sweden, are also tenured members of the English faculty. Through their expertise and sustained interest and involvement in English teaching methodology research, they are an invaluable resource for English Studies at the University of Gävle.
We offer undergraduate studies (1-90 credits) as campus and net-based courses and are involved in the teacher education programs at all levels (F-3, 4-6, 7-9 and upper-secondary school). We also have courses designed for schoolteachers’ further training (Lärarlyftet). We have a long experience with distance and online teaching. Whether campus or net-based, our teaching is based on close teacher-student contact.
Research in English Literature at Karlstad University is wide-ranging, with a special emphasis among senior researchers on American literature and culture (19th-century to present) and African literature and publishing in Africa as well as on speculative fiction. The doctoral students’ projects address topics such as fairies in fiction, Black British poetry, and intersectionality in literature.
Research in English Linguistics also spans a wide field, including areas such as English syntax, semantics and pragmatics, second language acquisition, language teaching, conversation analysis, and bi/multilingualism. Doctoral students in English Linguistics currently work on metaphor usage and interpretation in English as a Lingua Franca, English language teaching in higher education in China, family language policy in English-Swedish bilingual families, and the teaching and assessment of English L2 oral proficiency.
All senior researchers in English Literature are active within KuFo (The Research Group for Culture Studies), which also includes Karlstad researchers from English Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Intercultural Studies, Cultural Studies, and Visual Art in Theory and Practice.
Several senior researchers in English Linguistics are involved in the Centre for Language and Literature in Education (CSL), an umbrella group for teachers and researchers specialising in teaching methodology, and in Rose, a strong research group on subject-specific education.
Detailed information can be found on our homepage, including information on study options and course offerings at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels and in teacher education. Our PhD programme offers many opportunities, and includes a large suite of stimulating PhD courses.
Lulea Tekniska Universitet
At the English unit of the Centre for Languages and Literature, linguistically orientated researchers study the English language from a variety of perspectives, including semantics, pragmatics, syntax, discourse and language acquisition. Part of the work done by English-language scholars relies on experimental methods (the Centre has state-of-the-art laboratory equipment), and the use of corpora features in some projects.
Research on English literature by tenured staff and doctoral students encompasses a wide range of periods, topics and methodologies. Areas of particular strength include Shakespeare and early modern drama; British Romanticism; nineteenth-century British fiction; Anglo-Swedish literary relations in the nineteenth century; fashion in literature; interwar writing by women; writing about animals; and contemporary Irish writing.
For contact information, information on the courses offered, and a link to further details on research, see our home page.
In research within English at Mid-Sweden University, there is a focus on English (historical) linguistics and English language didactics within the framework of corpus linguistics. Current staff members within English linguistics are Terry Walker, Rachel Allan, and Irina Frisk. Research within English literature focuses on life story writing, ecocriticism, drama, theatre and performance studies, and social, political and historiographical approaches to literature. Current members of staff are Vicky Angelaki, Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson, Lucy Jeffery, Susan Foran, Martin Shaw, and Nicholas Sheppard. Michaela Castellanos is pursuing her doctoral studies in English literature. We offer undergraduate studies (A-C) as campus and net-based courses, a net-based MA programme, and a doctoral programme. We are involved in a range of teacher education programmes including ‘campus-distance’ courses (F-3 and 4-6) and a campus-based upper-secondary programme. We also have a range of online courses in Business English and teacher education (‘Lärarlyftet’ and ‘KPU’).
The courses that we give are free-standing, mainly 7.5-credit courses. Our campus courses are completely run in English and are also open to our exchange students. We offer campus courses in general proficiency, academic writing, general writing, oral presentation and business English. We also give distance courses in academic writing, business English and literature (detective novels, contemporary fiction, speculative fiction and literature on the Second World War).
Karin Axelsson holds a PhD in English linguistics. She is conducting research on questions (in particular, tag questions) and punctuation, often with a contrastive focus. Catharina Wolcott is a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg. Her topic is the teaching of literature in senior high schools in Sweden.
Research in English at Stockholm University reflects the diversity of approaches and interests that currently characterise English studies worldwide, and within the department there are important research groups in both English linguistics and literature in English. The department also takes great pride in the research of its doctoral students, who are rather evenly distributed between linguistics and literature.
The department’s literary research covers a broad range of topics, focused on literature from the renaissance to the present day. Within this historical framework, researchers in the department engage with a great variety of more specific theoretical fields. Two common facets which characterise our research are use of comparative methodologies, and work on globally circulating English-language literatures during and after decolonisation. Current staff includes Claudia Egerer, Bo G. Ekelund, Stefan Helgesson (who leads the high-profile research programme ‘Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literatures’), Marina Ludwigs, Adnan Mahmutovic, Irina Rasmussen, Magnus Ullén, Giles Whiteley, and Joakim Wrethed.
Two major research areas can also be recognised as characterising research in linguistics carried out be department members. These two areas are research in World Englishes and academic uses of English. Staff working in World Englishes include: Peter Sundkvist (among the world’s leading experts on the Scandinavian-influenced English of the Shetland Islands); Beyza Björkman Nylén who works on the use of English as a lingua franca in academic environments. Academic English and its uses for teaching, learning and publication form another closely-related focus of interest in the Department. Maria Kuteeva, Beyza Björkman Nylén, Kathrin Kaufhold, Spela Mezek have published in this area, contributing to a turn in the field towards studies of the learning process, in addition to textual studies. Other prominent reseach areas include language policy (Josep Soler), cognitive-functional approaches to language (Mikko Höglund), and various forms of communication in early English books and manuscripts (Hanna Salmi). Marta Andersson is a postdoc working on a project on impoliteness in digital communication.
The department’s long-term goal is to develop a greater number of collaborative projects within the department as well as with other disciplines and universities. In its ambition to create and sustain a cutting-edge research environment, the department regularly invites prominent visiting research fellows and hosts symposia with scholars from Sweden and abroad.
The subject of English is characterised by a post-colonial and intercultural profile and primarily comprises studies of literature and linguistics. Courses on the A-level aim to provide students with both an overview of the literary and linguistic study of English and a perspective of English as a global language connected to many regions and cultures of the world. Courses on the B-level promote a deeper understanding of the colonial history and post-colonial literature of English-speaking people, and of discourses of power as well as linguistic methods for their analysis. On the C-level, students become more familiar with discussing and applying literary and linguistic theory in preparation for the independent project in English with a literary or linguistic orientation. Throughout all levels, students improve their language proficiency and practice academic writing. Additional courses offered by the subject of English include English for Higher Education Studies, Academic Writing, and Business English.
Research in literature focuses on American and British literature and other English-language texts relevant to multiculturalism and post-colonialism. Race and ethnicity, class, and the representation of minorities and refugees comprise additional areas of focus. Current research projects also include perspectives on gender, capitalism, and human rights.
Research in Linguistics is primarily sociolinguistic in nature, but also incorporates the fields of interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, and discourse analysis. Multilingualism, cognitive linguistics, and corpus linguistics are also represented in current research projects. Much of the research focuses on variation in contemporary English as represented in the media and in popular culture. In line with the subject’s post-colonial and multicultural profile, linguistic research investigates contact between English and other languages, and how this contact is manifested in varieties of English as a second or foreign language.
At Södertörn research in English and Education focuses primarily on language teaching and classroom discourse (including in distance learning contexts) and on academic writing in English as a second or foreign language. Additional didactic research concerns literary didactics, with a specific focus on teaching critical reading.
Teaching and research in American Literature and Culture takes place in close collaboration with the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) and takes advantage of three factors that make American Studies at Uppsala University unique in Sweden: the professorial chair in American literature and accompanying Ph.D. program in American Literature, the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American Studies, and the existence of SINAS. Current research focuses predominantly on the period since the mid-19th century and gravitates toward two main areas, transnational studies, focusing on the circulation of literature, media, and people across national boundaries, and visual culture studies, centering on visual practices in American literature and culture, particularly on configurations of word-image in contemporary multimodal novels, and cultural practices such as film and TV series.
English language research at the department focuses on the empirical study of past and present variation and development in the language. Among the areas covered are: socially determined variation, genre variation, multi-feature/multi-dimensional approaches, historical pragmatics, text editing, and English as a foreign language. We both exploit extant language corpora using modern corpus-linguistic techniques and produce new multi-genre and specialised language corpora of past and present English that are offered for international distribution. When compiling new language corpora, we introduce new perspectives on the study of linguistic phenomena.