Research at the Department of Modern Languages
At the Department of Modern Languages, there is research in four areas: Finno-Ugric languages, German, Romance languages and Slavic languages. There is research in both linguistics and literary studies in all language areas.
Staff at the Finno-Ugric section of the Department of Modern Languages have wide interests covering the whole Finno-Ugric language family, ranging from Scandinavia to Siberia. The staff publishes regularly on many aspects of the major languages Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian, though in Uppsala there is also a strong tradition of research on Saami (at present especially on North Saami, South Saami, and Lule Saami). In addition, the staff is active in a number of other areas, with a focus on description and grammaticography of the smaller Finno-Ugric languages; at the moment these include the Permic language Zyrian Komi and the minor Finnic languages Livonian, Meänkieli and Sweden Finnish. Research on Finnish literature, Hungarian literature, and the literature of the Finno-Ugric minorities of Sweden is also strongly represented, as are language pedagogy and cultural studies.
The Department of Modern Languages coordinates the strategic partnership project "Copius – Community of Practice in Uralic Studies" established by nine European universities that constitute a community of practice within the discipline of Uralic (Finno-Ugric) Studies.
- Rogier Blokland: "Language Documentation meets Language Technology: The Next Step in the Description of Komi"
- Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi (UU), Rogier Blokland (UU) & Elina Kangas (ISOF): "En grammatisk beskrivning av meänkieli"
We research French, Spanish, Italian and comparative Romance linguistics, as well as French, Spanish and Italian literary studies. Linguistic research at the department has two profile areas. The first deals with modality, evidentiality, conditionality, tense, mood and aspect. The second is about argumentation, discourse and interaction. The research in literary studies also has two profile areas: theatre research and postcolonial studies and world literature.
- Christina Kullberg: "World Literatures: Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics"
- Houda Landolsi: "Neither unity nor multiplicity: reformulation and exemplification in the discourse on integration"
- Miriam Thegel: "Survival of the Fittest: Semantic Evolution in the Spanish Modal System"
Research in Slavic languages is about general Slavistics, church Slavonic with all its redactions, Russian, Polish, South Slavic languages (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Bulgarian and Macedonian), interpretation, translation and Polish and Russian literary studies. We also research the non-slavic Albanian language.
- Maria Engström: "No(w)stalgia of Modernity: Neo-Soviet Myth in Contemporary Russian Culture and Politics"
- Karine Åkerman Sarkisian: "Cultural evolution of texts"
In the subject German, research is conducted in linguistics, literary studies as well as linguistic and culture didactics. The German linguistic research has two orientations, historical linguistic events and the contemporary language. The research in literary studies covers a broad spectrum from post-war literature to contemporary literature, and in culture didactics, research is done on development of new concepts for teaching in realia.
We research and teach in literary studies in all the department's languages. Literary studies play a natural part at the department. Not only as a tool for language learning or as a conveyor of culture and society, but as a research subject in its own right.
- The Finno-Ugric seminar
- The German seminar
- The Romance seminar
- The seminar för Romance literature
- The Slavic seminar
We arrange a travel writing seminar in cooperation with the Department of Literature.
The PhD programme at the Department of Modern Languages has four specialisations: Finno-Ugric languages, Romance languages, Slavic languages and German. The programme makes you an expert in your chosen field and developes independent and critical thinking.
Both practical and theoretical skills are developed as well as a broad knowledge of your chosen field. The doctoral programme prepares students for qualified work in business, public administration and institutions of higher education.