Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

  • Stephen D. White, professor emeritus of history at Emory University, speaks during a seminar on 9 May 2018. Photo: Carl F. Straumsheim

    My Time at CAS: Stephen D. White

    The medieval historian talks about discovering his role in a collaborative book project during a six-month stint as a CAS fellow.

  • Hans Jacob Orning and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, professors of history at the University of Oslo (UiO), give a lecture. Photo: Camilla K. Elmar

    Research in Review: 'The Nordic "Civil Wars" in the High Middle Ages in a Comparative Perspective'

    Leaders of a CAS project to better understand medieval civil wars look back on how their project unfolded during a year at the Centre.

  • Hans Jacob Orning, professor of history at the University of Oslo (UiO), and Gerd Althoff, senior professor of history at the University of Münster, speak during a seminar on 9 May 2018. Photo: Carl F. Straumsheim

    With God on Their Side: War and Religion in the Middle Ages

    At a half-day seminar on medieval civil wars, CAS fellows examine how an ascendant Catholic Church influenced conflicts across Europe.

  • Arbitration, Humiliation, and Submission: Peacemaking in the Middle Ages

    At a conference co-hosted by the CAS and the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo (UiO), historians explore how medieval elites avoided bloodshed and settled disputes.

  • CAS fellows involved in the research project 'The Nordic "Civil Wars" in the High Middle Ages in a Comparative Perspective,' participate in a seminar. Photo: Camilla K. Elmar

    Project Update: 'The Nordic "Civil Wars" in the High Middle Ages in a Comparative Perspective'

    CAS fellows talk about redefining Nordic medieval civil wars in light of conflicts from other regions and time periods.

  • John Comaroff, professor of African and African-American Studies and Anthropology at Harvard University, gives a lecture. Photo: Camilla K. Elmar

    John Comaroff: Conflict and (Dis)order Among Tswana in Colonial and Postcolonial South Africa

    John Comaroff, professor of African and African-American Studies and Anthropology at Harvard University, deconstructs myths about political structures in Southern Africa in this CAS Oslo seminar.

  • Scholars involved in the CAS project 'The Nordic "Civil Wars" in the High Middle Ages in a Comparative Perspective,' participate in a seminar. Photo: Camilla K. Elmar

    Are There 'Good' Civil Wars?

    CAS fellows involved in the research project 'The Nordic "Civil Wars" in the High Middle Ages in a Comparative Perspective' debate whether some civil wars can have positive consequences -- and whether they should even be called civil wars.

  • Hans Jacob Orning, professor of history at the University of Oslo, speaks during the opening of the 25th anniversary year at CAS Oslo. Photo: Camilla Kottum Elmar

    Hans Jacob Orning on 'Ekko': Women in the Middle Ages

    In an appearance on the NRK show Ekko, Hans Jacob Orning, professor of history at the University of Oslo and CAS Oslo research group leader, discusses whether historians have traditionally overlooked stories about women in the Middle Ages.

  •  Hans Jacob Orning and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson

    Meet the Group Leaders: Hans Jacob Orning and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson

    War! What is it good for? Absolutely something, according to Hans Jacob Orning and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, professors of history at the University of Oslo.

  • Hansen's disease, hands of old man suffering from leprosy, amputated hands. Karen Thornber describes the disease as highly stigmatised in many societies, despite its being completely curable and not very contagious. Photograph: Shutterstock

    Humanities Can Help Improve Human Health

    Karen Thornber argues that humanities can help improve human health and in particular can alert us to the need to tackle persistent stigmas against diseases.

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