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My research fields are related to text- and genre theory, semantics, pragmatics, linguistic polyphony, and discourse analysis.
The major part of my empirical research is oriented towards enunciation, polyphonic, lexico-semantic and narrative analysis of academic, political and climate change discourse.
I have often collaborated in international and cross-disciplinary contexts.
Other objects of study have been text summarizing, information structure and text typology.

 

Award for excellent research dissemination at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bergen, 2016

Disseminaton on the role of the humanities in higher education and research, and on the role of language in climate and energy questions, at various arenas and in different media outlets.
Several op-eds in Bergens Tidende.

Co-production of documentary film, with producer Anwar Saab, “1001Films”:
“Talking about climate”, 2016, broadcasted at the Norwegian public channel, NRK2, 2016.
Available at  vimeo.com/178449717 and at http://www.uib.no/en/project/lingclim

SELECTION OF INVITED KEYNOTES/GUEST LECTURES:

2018: "Parlons du climat. Regards croisés France – Norvège", conference « Les mots du climat », Ministère de la Transition Écologique et Solidaire, Paris 05/07/2018

2018: “Narrative analysis of discourse of environmental and climate change”, Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan, 28.-29,04.2018

2018: "Une perspective linguistique et multidisciplinaire sur le discours du changement climatique", Université du Québec à Montréal, 03.04.2018

2017: “Mots du climat”, Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire, Paris, 18.12.3017

2016: “Genres of climate change narratives”, Nordisco, The 4th Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction, University of Oslo, 25.11.20162015: “Recherches lexico-sémantiques sur un grand corpus de blogs liés aux questions du climat et de l'environnement”, Conference - Enhancing and extending corpora and corpora tools for learning and teaching, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris3, DILTEC & Université Grenoble Alpes, LIDILEM, 19.05.2015

2014: “Språkets rolle i klimautfordringene: lingvistiske og tverrvitenskapelige problemstillinger”, Seminar – Honorary Doctor celebration, Uppsala University, 22.01.2014

2013: “La circulation du discours portant sur le changement climatique : perspectives linguistiques et discursives”, Xe Congrès International de Linguistique Française (CILF), La linguistique française sans frontières,  Faculté des Lettres,Université de Cadix, Spain, 28.11.2013

2012: “Variation of academic voices across disciplines and cultures”, Fourth International Congress of Applied Linguistics, University of Belgrade, 12–14.10.2012

2012: “Different voices and different stories: a linguistic and discursive perspective on climate change discourse”, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 05.11.2012

 

French grammar at Bachelor level, text-linguistics at Master's level and linguistic polyphony and discourse analysis at Master's and PhD levels.

I also give lectures on language use in the climate change debate at other departments of the University of Bergen.

Selected publications
BOOKS

  • Fløttum, K. (Ed.) 2017. The role of language in the climate change debate. New York/ London: Routledge.

  • Fløttum, K. (Ed.) 2013. SPEAKING OF EUROPE. Approaches to complexity in European political discours. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company

  • Fløttum, K., Jonasson, K., Norén, C. 2007. ON – pronom à facettes. Bruxelles: Duculot-De Boeck.
  • Fløttum, K. (Ed.). 2007. Language and discipline perspectives on academic discourse. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Fløttum, K., T. Dahl & T. Kinn. 2006. Academic Voices – across languages and disciplines. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.
  • Nølke, H., Fløttum, K. & C. Norén. 2004. ScaPoLine. La théorie scandinave de la polyphonie linguistique. Paris: Kimé.
  • Fløttum, K. & F. Rastier (Eds.). 2003. Academic discourse. Multidisciplinary approaches. Oslo: Novus.
  • Andersen, Ø., Fløttum, K. & T. Kinn (red.). 2000. Menneske, språk og fellesskap. Oslo: Novus.
  • Fløttum, K. 1990. La nature du résumé scolaire. Analyse formelle et informative. Oslo/Paris: Solum Forlag/Didier Erudition.

PAPERS (selection)

  • Fløttum, K. 2017. Les voix des jeunes sur le climat, l’environnement et l’énergie. Le discours et la langue 8(2), 13-26.

  • Tvinnereim, E., Fløttum K., Gjerstad, Ø., Johannesson, M.P., Nordø, Å. D. 2017. Citizens' preferences for tackling climate change. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of their freely formulated solutions. Global Environmental Change, 46, 34-41. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.06.005.

  • Fløttum, K. 2017. Language and climate change. In: Fløttum, K. (Ed.) The role of language in the climate change debate. New York/London: Routledge, 1-10.

  • Fløttum, K. 2017. Willingness of action. In: Fløttum, K. (Ed.) The role of language in the climate change debate. New York/London: Routledge, 113-129.

  • Fløttum, K., Drange, H. 2017. The Paris COP21 agreement – obligations for 195 countries. In: Fløttum, K. (Ed.) The role of language in the climate change debate. New York/London: Routledge, 130-148.

  • Jones, M. D., Fløttum, K., Gjerstad, Ø. 2017. Stories about climate change: The influence of language on Norwegian public opinion. In: Fløttum, K. (Ed.) The role of language in the climate change debate. New York/London: Routledge, 49-68.

  • Fløttum, K. 2017. Fra usynlig til synlig samfunnsrelevans: Noen eksempler og forslag til tiltak. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 34(1), 58-64.

  • Fløttum, K. 2016. Linguistic Analysis Approaches for Assessing Climate Change Communication. In: Climate Science: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.488.

  • Fløttum, K., Gjerstad, Ø. 2016. Narratives in climate change discourse. WIREs Climate Change 2017, 8:e429. doi: 10.1002/wcc.429

  • Fløttum, K., Dahl, T., Rivenes, V. 2016. Young Norwegians and their views on climate change and the future: Findings from a climate concerned and oil rich nation. Journal of Youth Studies, 19 (8), 1128-1143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2016.1145633

  • Fløttum, K., Gasper, D., StClair, Asun Lera. 2016. Synthesizing a Policy-Relevant Perspective from the Three IPCC “Worlds” – a comparison of topics and frames in the SPMs of the Fifth Assessment Report. Global Environmental Change (38), 118-129. Doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.03.007

  • Tvinnereim, E., Fløttum, K. 2015.Explaining topic prevalence in answers to open-ended survey questions about climate change. Nature Climate Change. 5, 744-747. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2663.
  • Fløttum, K. 2015. Perspectives linguistiques et discursives sur la circulation du discours portant sur le changement climatique. Cahiers de praxématique 2015 (63). DOI : 10.4000/praxematique.2387
  • Fløttum, K., Espeland, T. J. 2014. Norske klimanarrativer – hvor mange “fortellinger”? En lingvistisk og diskursiv analyse av to norske stortingsmeldinger. SAKPROSA 6(4), 1-18.
  • Fløttum, K., Dahl, T. 2014. IPCC communicative practices: A linguistic comparison of the Summary for Policymakers 2007 and 2013. The LSP Journal - Language for special purposes, professional communication, knowledge management and cognition 5(2), 66-83.

  • Fløttum, K. 2014. La narrativisation, trait unificateur des genres du discours climatique ? In: Michèle Monte & Gilles Philippe (Eds), Genres & textes. Déterminations, évolutions, confrontations. Lyon: Presses universitaires de Lyon, 239-252.

  • Fløttum, K. 2014. La circulation de voix dans le débat sur le changement climatique : reportages de la COP 17 dans la presse française. In: Sullet-Nylander, F. et al. Discours rapporté, genre(s) et médias. Stockholm: Romanica Stockholmiensia, ISBN 978-91-87355-18-9, 91-104.

  • Fløttum, K., Ly, A. (2014). Le sommet sur le changement climatique de Copenhague en 2009 et les espérances brisées au Parlement européen. In: INTERPRETER L'EVENEMENT. Aspects linguistiques, discursifs et sociétaux. Limoges: Lambert-Lucas 2014 ISBN 978-2-35935-108-8. s. 155-163.

  • Fløttum, K., Gjesdal, A.M., Gjerstad, Ø., Koteyko, N., & Salway, A. (2014). Representations of the future in English language blogs on climate change. Global Environmental Change, 29, 213-222.

  • Dahl, T., Fløttum, K.. 2014. A linguistic framework for studying voices and positions in the climate debate. Text & Talk 34 (4), 401-420.

  • Fløttum, K., Norén, C. 2013. "Je vous cite une dernière fois, Monsieur le Président...". Emploi polyphonique des termes d'adresse dans le débat parlementaire. Cahiers de praxématique, 57-2011, 117-131. Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée.

    ISBN 978-2-36781-029-4

  • Fløttum, K. 2013. Speaking of and within the EU. In: Fløttum, K. (ed.), Speaking of Europe. Approaches to complexity in European political discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1-18

  • Fløttum, K. 2013. Représentation linguistique d'incertitude dans le discours du changement climatique. In: Norén, C., Jonasson, K., Nølke, H., Svensson, M. (eds.), Modalité, évidentialité et autres friandises langagières. Bern: Peter Lang, 135-150.

  • Fløttum, K., Dahl, T., Didriksen, A. A., Gjesdal, A. M. 2013. KIAP – reflections on a complex corpus. Bergen Language and Linguistic Studies, 137-150

  • Fløttum, K., Gjerstad, Ø. 2013. The Role of social justice and poverty in South Africa’s National climate change response white paper. In: South African Journal on Human Rights, 1, 61-90.
     

  • Fløttum, K. 2013.Narratives in Reports about Climate Change. In: Gotti, Maurizio; Guinda, Carmen Sancho (eds.), Narratives in Academic and Professional Genres. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, p. 277-292

  • Fløttum, K., Gjerstad, Ø. 2013. Arguing for climate policy through the linguistic construction of Narratives and voices: the case of the South-African green paper “National Climate Change Response”. Climatic Change 118 (2), 417-430. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0654-7.

  • Fløttum, K. 2012. Voix scientifiques dans le débat politique sur le changement climatique. Actes du XVIIIe congrès des romanistes scandinaves/Actas del XVIII congreso de romanistas escandinavos, Romanica Gothoburgensia, http://hdl.handle.net/2077/30607

  • Fløttum, K. 2012. Variation of stance and voice across cultures. In: Hyland, K. ; Guinda, C. S. (eds), Stance and Voice in Written Academic Genres. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 218-231
  • Fløttum, K., Dahl, T. 2012 Different contexts, different "stories"? A linguistic comparison of two development reports on climate change. Language & Communication 32, 14-23.
  • Fløttum, K. Linguistic and discursive perspectives on climate change knowledge. Planet Under Pressure; London, 2012-03-26 - 2012-03-29
  • Fløttum, K., Dahl, T. 2011. Climate change discourse: scientific claims in a policy setting, Fachsprache 3-4, 205-219.
  • Dahl, Trine; Fløttum, Kjersti. 2011. Wrong or Just Different? How Existing Knowledge Is Staged to promote New Claims in English Economics and Linguistics Articles. In: Salager-Meyer, Francoise; Lewin, Beverly A. (Eds.), Crossed Words: Criticism in Scholarly Writing. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, s. 257-282
  • Fløttum, K. 2010. A linguistic and discursive view on climate change discourse. Asp-Revue du GERAS, 58, 19-37.
  • Fløttum, K. 2010. EU discourse: Polyphony and unclearness. Journal of Pragmatics 2010, 42(4),990-999
  • Fløttum, K. 2010. Une perspective comparative de langue et de discipline sur les écrits scientifiques: standardisation versus diversification. In: Defays, Jean-Marc; Englebert, Annick (Eds), Principes et typologie des discours universitaires, Tome 1. Paris: L’Harmattan, 49-57.

  • Fløttum, K.; Gjerstad, Ø. 2010. Diversité de voix dans le discours politique de l'Union européenne. In: Colas-Blaise, Marion; Kara, Mohammed; Perrin, Laurent; Petitjean, André (Eds), La question polyphonique ou dialogique en sciences du langage. : Université Paul Verlaine-Metz, 321-338.

  • Fløttum, K. 2010. Linguistically marked cultural identity in research articles. In: Garzone, Giuliana; Archibald, James (Eds) Discourse, Identities and Roles in Specialized Communication. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 267-280.

  • Fløttum, K.; Vold, Eva Thue; 2010. L'éthos auto-attribué d'auteurs-doctorants dans le discours scientifique. LIDIL (Linguistique appliquée et didactique des langues), 41, 41-58.

  • Fløttum, Kjersti; Stenvoll, Dag 2009. Blair speeches in a polyphonic perspective: NOTs and BUTs in visions on Europe. Journal of Language and Politics, 8(2), 269-286.
  • Fløttum, K. 2008. Profil d'un auteur scientifique coopératif. In Birkelund, Hansen, Norén: L'énonciation dans tous ses états. Bern: Peter Lang, 277-290.
  • Fløttum, K., Halvorsen, T., Myklebust, J. P., Nyhagen, A. 2008. Internationalising the PhD: a case Study from the University of Bergen.
    In: Internationalisation of European Higher Education. An EUA/ACA Handbook. Berlin: Raabe academic publishers, Part D, 1-24.
  • Fløttum, K. 2007. Traces of others in research articles: The citation cluster. In Ahmad, Khurshid and Rogers, Margaret (Eds), Evidence-based LSP. Translation, Text, and Terminology. Bern: Peter Lang, 211-227.

  • Fløttum, K., Dahl, T., Kinn, T., Gjesdal, A. M., Vold, E. T. 2007. Cultural Identities and Academic Voices. In Fløttum, Kjersti (Ed), Language and Discipline Perspectives on Academic Discourse. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 14-39.

  • Fløttum, K. 2006. En språklig analyse av norsk medisinsk prosa. Tidsskrift for Den norske lægeforening, 126 (1), 65-68.
  • Fløttum, K. 2005. The self and the others – polyphonic visibility in research articles. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 15 (1), 29 –44.
  • Fløttum, K. 2005. MOI et AUTRUI dans le discours scientifique : l’exemple de la négation NE...PAS. In : J. Bres, P.P. Haillet, S. Mellet, H. Nølke, L. Rosier (éds.), Dialogisme, polyphonie: approches linguistiques. Bruxelles: De Boeck-Duculot, 323-337.
  • Fløttum, K. 2004. Ilots textuels dans Le temps retrouvé de Marcel Proust”. In: J. M. Lopez-Munoz, S. Marnette & L. Rosier (eds.), Le discours rapporté dans tous ses états. Paris: L'Harmattan, 121–130.
  • Fløttum, K. 2003. A propos de QUANT À et EN CE QUI CONCERNE. In : B. Combettes, C. Schnedecker, & A. Theissen (éds), Ordre et distinction dans la langue et le discours. Paris: Champion, 185–202.

 

Member of Academia Europaea, 2018
Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2017
Award for excellent research dissemination, University of Bergen, Faculty of Humanities, 2016
Honorary doctor, Doctor Honoris Causa, Uppsala University 2014

Education
Scholarship at the University of Paris III, 1977–78.
Cand. philol./Master of Arts (French linguistics), University of Bergen 1979.
Dr.art. (French (text)linguistics), University of Trondheim 1989. Doctoral thesis: La nature du résumé scolaire. Analyse formelle et informative. (Oslo/Paris 1990)
AFF's course of management for women in academic positions, 1999.

Professional experience
1982–89: Research assistant and Research fellow (The Research Council of Norway), University of Trondheim.
1989–95: Associate professor (French linguistics), Stavanger college.
1996–: Professor (French linguistics), University of Bergen.

Guest researcher at Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (EHESS), Paris (automne 1987), Université de Picardie – Jules Verne, Amiens (automne 2000), Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (spring 2010).

Selected functions and offices

Vice-consul for France in Bergen, 2010-2020
Member of the University Board, University of Bergen, 2013-2017, reelected 2017-2021
External member of the board of the Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2013-2017, reappointed 2017-2021
Deputy chair of the board, Centre franco-norvégien en sciences sociales et humaines, Paris, 2011-2014
Member of the Rafto Prize Committtee 2009–2016
Member of the mentor program of Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), 2011-2012.
Head of Bergen Summer Research School–Global development Challenges, BSRS 2008–2011. Member of scientific committe, BSRS, 2011-
Member 2007-2018 and head 2009-2010 of Resource Group – International, Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member of international panel for evaluating European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committees, 2009–2010.
Deputy member of Board of Sciences, Research Council of Norway, 2007–2011.
Vice-rector for international relations, University of Bergen, 2005–2009.
Member of international panel for evaluation of linguistic research, Uppsala University, May 2007
Head of jury, Young Professional Company Award, ONS, 2006
Head (preses) of the Society for the Advancement of the sciences and the humanities, Bergen, 2005.
Head of PhD research school in linguistics and philology, University of Bergen, 2004–2008
Head of National PhD research school in linguistics and philology, 2006–2007
Member of the Committee for the Humanities, Division for Sciences, The Research Council of Norway 2004–2005.
Deputy chairman of the board: UNIFOB AS 2003–2006 (Research organisation).
Deputy chairman of the board: Stiftelsen UNIFOB 2002–2003
Member of the Committee for the Humanities, The Research Council of Norway 2001–2003.
Norway's member of the Board, NOS-H (Nordic research cooperation in the humanities) 2001–2003.
Head of the Department of Romance Studies, University of Bergen, 1999–2001.
Member of the Board, Faculty of Arts, University of Bergen, 1999–2001.

Member of Editorial board of the journals Langages (France), Revue de Sémantique et Pragmatique (France), Recherches en rédaction professionnelle (Canada), Scolia (France), LSP & Professional Communication (Denmark), Studii de lingvistica(Romania), Arena Romanistica (Norway), Sakprosa (Norway).

Supervising (master and ph.d)
French linguistics (semantics and pragmatics), general text linguistics, text/discourse analysis, academic discourse, political discourse, genre theory, text typology, summarizing, linguistic polyphony.

Guest lecturer
In Norway: Universities of Agder, Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim (NTNU) and Tromsø, Oslo University College, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).
Abroad: Amiens, Belgrade, Bratislava, Caen, Genève, Grenoble, Metz, Lund, Lyon, Montpellier, Montreal, Nanjing, Nice, Orléans, Paris, Poznan, Seattle, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Taipei, Tel-Aviv, Turku, Uppsala, Västerås, Washington D.C., Århus.

  • 2018-2021 Changing Nature: A lexical and argumentative analysis of public debates on nature, mentor of project, headed by Ass. Professor Anje Müller Gjesdal, collaboration with Université de Bordaux for comparison Norway-France, financed by SAMKUL/Research Council of Norway

  • 2018-2022 COST project CA 17132: “European network for Argumentation and Public PoLicY analysis” (APPLY), member of Mangament Committee Norway, financed by Horizon2020

  • 2016-2018 Pathways to energy transition, University of Bergen (“Akademiaavtalen”), cross-disciplinary, head of WP2 “Norwegians’ conception of energy and energy transition”
     
  • 2013-2016/17 LINGCLIM project
    http://www.uib.no/en/project/lingclim

    LINGUISTIC REPRESENTATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE DISCOURSE AND THEIR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS
    (Financed by SAMKUL-programme, Research Council of Norway)

    Head of project: Professor Kjersti Fløttum, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen (UiB)
    Project members: Professor Trine Dahl, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Professor Gisela Böhm, Department of Psychosocial Science, UiB, Professor Helge Drange, Geophysical Institute, UiB/Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Associate Professor Elisabeth Ivarsflaten, Department of Comparative Politics, UiB, Professor/Deputy Director Marianne Ryghaug, Department of interdisciplinary studies of culture/Center for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
    Collaboration with Uni Computing (Uni Research).

    Summary
    Climate change has in recent years moved from being mainly a physical phenomenon to being simultaneously a social, cultural and political phenomenon. At present, both individual and collective attitudes and behaviour seem an equally serious challenge in the climate issue as scientific knowledge of the phenomenon itself, and in this, language and communication are crucial. Language not only reflects and expresses, but also influences attitudes and behaviour, and thus constitutes a vital component of the cultural prerequisites underlying societal development. The overarching question of LINGCLIM is to what extent and in what way language matters in climate change interpretations.

    The primary objectives are to
    (1) generate new and integrated knowledge about the role of language in climate discourse through developing an innovative multidisciplinary methodology including an opinion survey and a psychological experiment in addition to comprehensive linguistic and discursive analyses;
    (2) investigate climate discourse in a micro-analysis focusing on specific linguistic features, and in a macro-analysis based on contextual factors established through the multidisciplinary approach;
    (3) explore the role of the perspectives of ”gloom-and-doom” vs. ”opportunities-in-a new-sustainable-society”.

    We investigate to what extent instances of climate discourse may be described through a narrative structure with up to five components and a number of potential actors (victims, villains, heroes).
    Three major challenges to be handled are to
    (1) identify relevant contextual factors to be integrated in the analysis to understand the role of the components and actors in the narrative structure;
    (2) identify explicit and hidden voices in climate discourse as well as identify what actors they represent;
    (3) unveil the relationship between linguistic representations and psychological factors such as people’s attitudes, beliefs and responses to climate change.



2012: Different voices, different stories? Perspectives on language use in climate change text and talk (SAMKUL, Research Council of Norway)

2009–12 CLIMATE NARRATIVES. Interdisciplinary project on ”Climate Change Discourse, Rights, and the Poor: Scientific Knowledge, International Political Discourse, and Local Voices” (NORGLOBAL; Research Council of Norway)

2008–2012 EURLING - Understanding linguistic complexity in political discourse: interdisciplinary analyses of texts on European integration (head of project)

2005–2008: EURUN - Common European versus national/regional political discourse.
Interdisciplinary comparative analyses of texts on European integration (head of project).

2001– 2006: KIAP - Cultural Identity in Academic Prose (in Norwegian: Kulturell Identitet i Akademisk Prosa), (head of project, Research Council of Norway)

1999–2003: Linguistic and literary polyphony (Nordic project, NOS-H)
1993–96: French reformulation (individual project)
1992 – 1993: A linguistic and textlinguistic study of the «Chairman's Statement» in English, French and German Annual Reports (head of project)