• Application Deadline
  • 11 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


This is one of six parallel PhD courses of the annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS). This interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time attract around one hundred PhD candidates, researchers and policy makers every year.

Language is a crucial means for communication and interaction. Language not only reflects and expresses facts and observations; it also influences attitudes and behaviour. It thus constitutes a vital component of the cultural prerequisites underlying societal development.

The aim of this course is to discuss the role of language and language-use in a series of societal challenges and in various cultural contexts.

Through different approaches (theories and methods) illustrated through a diversity of cultural and societal settings, the course will focus on the role of language in relation to the following topics: politics, media, climate change, poverty, migration, business and norms.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 11 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
    Participants are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the summer school. This will give a total of 10 ECTS. 

    Deadline for submission will be decided your course leader.

    It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 3 ECTS.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
  • Entry Level
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

  • Linguistic culture and norm negotiation
  • The framing of climate change in the media
  • Migration, language and workplace interaction
  • Establishing understanding in conversations with second language speakers
  • Responsibility and blame. Verbal argument structure in Colombian newspaper articles treating poverty
  • Language and identity in migrant narratives
  • Language use in the climate change issue
  • Translation as re-contextualization: sociocultural and linguistic issues in the circulation of texts
  • Language and language use in intercultural business communication: the case of Sino Scandinavian business interactions
  • Refugee narratives in British and French politics
  • Student presentations of own projects


The courses are designed for PhD level and are open to:

  • Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.


  • Professor Kjersti Fløttum, Department of foreign languages, UiB (course leader)
  • Ingunn Lunde, UiB
  • Trine Dahl, NHH
  • Jan Svennevig, UiO
  • Margrete Dyvik Cardona, UiB
  • Camilla Erichsen Skalle, UiB
  • Anje Müller Gjesdal, NHH
  • Annelise Ly, NHH
  • Øyvind Gjerstad, UiB

Upload the following documents:

  • Copy of your identity document (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  • Transcript/diploma of the highest achieved degree
  • A letter of recommendation written and signed by your supervisor (written on official stationary of your institution)
  • A letter verifying your qualifications and current position, signed by the head of your institution/department (written on official stationary of your institution)
In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 443 International
  • EUR 443 EU/EEA
The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 


Read more information about funding opportunities on the university website. 

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