Faculty of Humanities

Research projects and fields

Here we present some of the research projects at the faculty. The projects vary from the individual researcher's publication to major international projects.

I arkivet
Eivind Senneset

Ethical seafood? - Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Crossroads (ESea)

his projects seeks to contribute to the issue of the ethical status of global fisheries and aquaculture, and thus it is based on the introductory question of how ethical our seafood is, or what it would mean to claim that it is ethical.

From manuscript fragments to book history

Medieval manuscript fragments are some of Norway’s most significant testimonies to medieval book history. Through analysis of a selection  of the thousands of manuscript fragments kept in public collections, this project is exploring the first centuries of book and scribal culture in Norway.

Mediaeval immigration

Study of DNA and oxygen isotopes from bone from four cemeteries will provide new knowledge about the composition of the population in Norway during and after the Middle Ages. By verifying their geographical and genetic origin, we will get a clearer picture of the pre-modern immigration to Norway.

Merchants and Missionaries

Norwegian merchants and missionaries in China 1890–1937 offer highly valuable insight into globalisation and Chinese-Norwegian relations. Driven by different motives, both missionaries and merchants were mobile, global in their outlook and had a cumulative effect in linking an increasingly self-conscious and nationalistic Norway with the wider world.

Networks in the Roman Near East

The research project "Mechanisms of cross-cultural interaction: Networks in the Roman Near East (2013-2016)" investigates the resilient everyday ties, such as trade, religion and power, connecting people within and across fluctuating imperial borders in the Near East in the Roman Period.


Tracing the evolution of symbolically mediated behaviours within variable environments in Europe and southern Africa (TRACSYMBOLS)