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A Different Autumn at CAS

We are happy to welcome the new projects to CAS this autumn, although activities will be restricted due to the ongoing pandemic. We have taken steps to ensure that the Centre is a safe place for our researchers and administration, and we have facilitated digital participation for those who cannot be there physically. As the pandemic caused the Centre to shut down during the spring semester, CAS has extended the timeframe for the 2019/2020 projects. That is why CAS is currently having six active projects on its hands, although only the 2020/2021 projects will be present at the Centre.

Active CAS Projects

  • Books Known Only by Title: Exploring the Gendered Structures of First Millennium Imagined Libraries

    Led by Professor Marianne Bjelland Kartzow (UiO) and Professor Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF).

  • What is a Good Policy? Political Morality, Feasibility, and Democracy (GOODPOL)

    Led by Professor Jakob Elster (UiO) and Professor Cathrine Holst (UiO).

  • Motivic Geometry

    Led by Professor Paul Arne Østvær (UiO).

  • MultiGender: A Multilingual Approach to Grammatical Gender

    Led by Professor Terje Lohndal (NTNU) and Professor Marit Westergaard (UiT).

  • The Body in Translation: Historicising and Reinventing Medical Humanities and Knowledge Translation

    Led by Professor Eivind Engebretsen (UiO) and Professor John Ødemark (UiO).

  • Evolvability: A New and Unifying Concept in Evolutionary Biology?

    Led by Professor Thomas Fredrik Hansen (UiO) and Professor Christophe Pelabon (NTNU).


Announcing the CAS projects 2022/23: From Influenza to peace-and-conflict, and algebra

Announcing the CAS projects 2022/23: from influenza to peace-and-conflict, and algebra

For the first time, two of the project leaders come from our newest member institutions: OsloMet and PRIO. One of the projects is hyper-relevant for the Corona situation. These projects were elected to come to CAS in 2022/23

  • Modern and medieval wars compared in new book

    The “new wars” are actually very old, Hans Jacob Orning and Øyvind Østerud argue in their newly published book, Wars without State.

  • The influenza pandemic hit the native communities in Alaska hard. These children in an orphanage in Nushagak, Alaska, lost their parents. Summer of 1919. Source: Alaska Historical Library

    Why do Indigenous people have high risk of severe influenza?

    ‘The influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009, as well as the ongoing COVID-19, show that Indigenous people have extremely high risk of severe disease outcomes, but the reasons for this vulnerability are unclear’, future CAS project leader Svenn-Erik Mamelund says.

  • Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Nils Lid Hjort. Photo: PRIO/UiO

    Is the world becoming more peaceful?

    We asked Senior Researcher at PRIO, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Professor of Statistics and Data Analysis at UiO, Nils Lid Hjort, what their project Stability and Change is about.


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