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The Research Profile of the Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty's Overall Profile Areas in Research

Research fields developing forcefully at the moment

  • Interaction of cultural and social processes
  • Research of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period

Other main focal points of our research include

  • the languages and cultures of the Baltic Sea Region
  • power relationships
  • linguistic discourse and interaction
  • the culture of children and youth

The Specialized Research Profile of the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies

Both new and more established disciplines offer a broad-based field of research in which to examine human culture from pre-historic times to the modern digital media environment. Research is characterized by participation in international discourse, but also Finnishness from many aspects.

The strong research areas of the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies include
  • the study of Middle Ages and the beginning of the Modern Age with a particular fucus on
    • the literaturization of culture
    • changes in language and writing at cultural turning points
    • urbanisatio and European identity
  • the study of cultural interaction processes in migratory movements
  • multiculturalism, multilingualism, and social interaction
  • ethnicity and religion
  • social exclusion
  • the transfer of cultural influences
  • research based on experience and narrativity

In addition to these concepts, other important research areas include

  • urban research and future studies
  • the arts and popular culture
  • the formation of society and of networks of power
  • the study of the cultural construction of gender and identities

The Specialized Research Profile of the School of Languages and Translation Studies

The research profile of the School of Languages and Translation Studies may be divided into five main sections: 
  1. The study of cultural and social interaction processes
  2. The study of the Middle Ages and the Modern Times
  3. The study of learning and teaching
  4. Grammatical and lexical research
  5. Philological research
The study of cultural and social interaction processes and linguistic interaction:
Globalization, migration, mobility and multiculturalism create, multilingual settings, and alter human relationships and communication in different contexts.
This is an area of research that uses a linguistic approach to study cultural and social interaction processes. 
 
The study of the Middle Ages and the Modern Times, and changes in language and writing during periods of cultural transition:
The goal of the research is to explain the ways in which cultural transition periods influence language. The main focus is on the establishment of the status native languages, and on the birth of standard languages.  
 
The study of language learning and teaching:
The study subjects are different types of language learners, and the learning processes of their mother tongue, second language or a foreign language in differnt settings. One of the strong development areas of research is the study of immigrants' language learning. 
 
Grammatical and lexical research:
The study of grammar and lexicon produces structural descriptions of languages, glossaries, dictionaries, and other texts primarily to serve the linguistic research and other disciplines. One of the main goals is to develop databases and tools that may be used to create research databases for the structural study of languages.
 
Philological research:
The historiographical research focuses on the history of linguistics and the development of the discipline. The research is partly multidisciplinary, and it is produced in cooperation with collaborators from other fields.
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