Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

  • Alumni Spotlight: Michael Stausberg

    We talked with professor on the study of religion Michael Stausberg about his new book "The Demise of Religion: How Religions End, Die, or Dissipate", a product of his CAS research project.

  • Johan Christensen and Cathrine Holst outside CAS in Oslo. They will lead the University of Oslo financed project "Experts in Nordic policy-making – increasingly powerful?". Karoline K. Isaksen / Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)

    CAS scholars receive funding to study experts’ political power in the Nordic countries

    Experts are seemingly everywhere during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, standing side by side with ministers during press briefings. But in the end, how much influence do these experts actually have?

  • Caption:  Aerial view of Tall Ḥisbān. Courtesy of APAAME © Michael John Neville, Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME)

    A new perspective on the Levant

    Former CAS project leader Terje Stordalen argues that writing about history from the perspectives of empires marginalizes and silences the lives and experiences of the majority. The third and final book based on his CAS research is due to be published this spring.

  • Atle Mysterud, Þóra Pétursdóttir and Øystein Linnebo are some of the former CAS scholars who are granted support from the RCN. Photo: Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)

    Former CAS scholars receive generous funding

    The network Þóra Pétursdóttir built as a postdoctoral fellow at CAS has contributed to her landing a new research project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

  • After discourse: A collapsed hospital archive, Teriberka, Murmansk Oblast, Russia. Photo: Bjørnar Julius Olsen

    Alumni Spotlight: Bjørnar Julius Olsen

    Professor of Archaeology Bjørnar Julius Olsen is deeply engaged in what modern things, especially abandoned and discarded ones, can teach us about our own societies. His latest book is due to be published in December.

  • Svenn-Erik Mamelund and Marit Haldar are two of the scholars who lead research centres that OsloMet have given the status as "research environments of excellence". Photo: OsloMet

    OsloMet gives extensive support to CAS affiliated scholars in an effort to become Centres of Excellence

    Future CAS project leader Svenn-Erik Mamelund and former CAS Fellow Marit Haldar will both lead research centres granted the status of “research environments of excellence” by their institution, OsloMet.

  • Paul Arne Østvær. Photo: Karoline K. Isaksen / Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)

    Geometry, paintings, and Lance

    Professor of Mathematics Paul Arne Østvær explains his CAS project, Motivic Geometry, through the act of painting and a professional biker’s tireless drive to bike on endless roads.

  • Er du vår nye kollega?

    Senter for grunnforskning (CAS) søker en rådgiver med teft for forskningskommunikasjon og administrasjon til et 11-måneders vikariat. Søknadsfristen er 15. november 2020.

  • What do you do if the outcome of democratic processes violates a group's basic human rights? The tension between democratic processes and a good policy outcome is a central dilemma in the GOODPOL project. The project wants to find out how to combine the two and institutionalize a way to make both work. Photo by Rosemary Ketchum from Pexels

    The policies that affect us all: are they well-founded?

    This question deserves a lot more attention, CAS scholars argue, as social scientists and political philosophers join forces.

  • Books known only by title: a widespread but unexplored phenomenon

    CAS scholars argue that we need to acknowledge the diversity of the first millennium library, which includes references to books that may have never existed as anything other than fictitious titles.