Det humanistiske fakultet

Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier (KULT)

Vi driver forskning, undervisning og formidling med hovedvekt på henholdsvis kjønnsforskning og teknologi- og vitenskapsstudier. 

Dette er en tverrfaglig enhet med en stab som dekker flere humanistiske og samfunnsvitenskapelige fag og med et etablert samarbeid med en rekke andre fagmiljøer ved NTNU. 

Instituttets medarbeidere er engasjert i flere større nasjonale og internasjonale forskningsprosjekter innenfor begge de tematiske tyngdepunktene og har en stor grad av ekstern finansiering. Flere av prosjektene har bredt tverrfaglig samarbeid med fagmiljøer innenfor medisin, naturvitenskap og teknologi.

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Prosjekt

Aktuelle forskningsprosjekter som medarbeidere fra instituttet deltar i

In food we trust?

Frukt og grønnsaker

Technologies of Governance in Industrialized Food Systems

A socio-historical study of what we term "the technologies of trust".

In food we trust?

Frukt og grønnsaker

Technologies of Governance in Industrialized Food Systems

A socio-historical study of what we term "the technologies of trust".

Questions related to technological development, food safety and consumer trust in food increased in importance throughout the 20th century. Today industrialized food systems are integrated parts of everyday life. However, governmental agencies, legislators, food producers, scientists and consumer organizations still struggle to ensure that the foods entering the market place is safe and to deal with on-going technological development.

How were industrialized food and food systems integrated into everyday life in Norway through its sibling systems of food safety and consumer trust? We will investigate policy oriented, academic and public debates and controversies on the social and cultural aspects of food production and consumption. Our approach will enable us to examine the culturally contingent processes that led to the present industrialized system of highly manipulated and transformed foods.

By investigating themes related to food safety and consumer trust in a perspective that combines science and technology studies (STS) and historical studies of technology we can offer an alternative vision of how the present system emerged, its historical roots and transformations in time. A socio-historical study of what we term "the technologies of trust" can improve our understanding of the present situation of our food system and offer alternative visions for securing safe food and consumer trust in the future. The work will be done through five sub projects.

More information:

http://www.ntnu.no/kult/forskning/in-food-we-trust


Mirror, Mirror


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who´s most powerful of them all?
- Gender as a symbolic and social structure in organizations

This project sets out to demonstrate how perspectives from the Humanities and cultural theoretical perspectives can provide insight into the symbolic and cultural meanings of gendered power.
 

Mirror, Mirror


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who´s most powerful of them all?
- Gender as a symbolic and social structure in organizations

This project sets out to demonstrate how perspectives from the Humanities and cultural theoretical perspectives can provide insight into the symbolic and cultural meanings of gendered power.
 

The primary goal of the Mirror, mirror project (2013-2016) is to explore the cultural and social dynamics of gender in influential sectors of society, such as the financial elite, the petrolium industry and the military. What is it about gender, power, and leadership that create a situation wherein men continue to be the leaders of powerful organizations, and how can one think politically about it?

Webpage: ntnu.edu/genderpower


Buying and Selling (gender) Equality: Feminized Migration and gender Equality in Contemporary Norway

 Hånd med gummihanske holder sprayflaskeThis project will study the relation between gender equality and the global feminized migration of domestic workers and au pairs.

 

Buying and Selling (gender) Equality: Feminized Migration and gender Equality in Contemporary Norway

 Hånd med gummihanske holder sprayflaskeThis project will study the relation between gender equality and the global feminized migration of domestic workers and au pairs.

 

The project is justified by a need for a better understanding of the significance of gender and ethnicity in the formulation of the equality politics of the Norwegian welfare state, with reference to equality between woman and men, equality between ethnic majority and ethnic minorities and social/economic levelling. The project is informed by the concepts of intersectionality and complexity, and focuses on the significance of inter- and transnational dimentions in the development of the welfare society. The research findings will achive value for policymaking in the fields of labour marked regulations, migration, gender equality and welfare. The project will be affiliated to the Nordic Centre of Exellence  in Welfare Research, "The Nordic Welfare State - Historical Foundations and Future Challenges". The research questions and conclusions will be put into a broader, comparative cotext via collaborations with an international network of researchers working in the field of racialization and feminized migration in Europe.

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CenSES - Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies

Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTOMålsettingen  for forskningssenteret CenSES, Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies, er å forene samfunnsfaglig og naturvitenskapelig forskning på bærekraftig energi. Les mer på CenSES' sider på nett.

CenSES - Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies

Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTOMålsettingen  for forskningssenteret CenSES, Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies, er å forene samfunnsfaglig og naturvitenskapelig forskning på bærekraftig energi. Les mer på CenSES' sider på nett.


 

Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB).

Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTOZEB er et av de åtte norske forskningssentra for miljøvennlig energi (FME). KULT forsker på implementering av kunnskap og teknologi knyttet til nullutslippsbygninger. Lokal prosjektleder: Thomas Berker.

Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB).

Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTOZEB er et av de åtte norske forskningssentra for miljøvennlig energi (FME). KULT forsker på implementering av kunnskap og teknologi knyttet til nullutslippsbygninger. Lokal prosjektleder: Thomas Berker.

Sentret skal bidra til å utvikle produkter og løsninger for eksisterende og nye bygninger, boliger så vel som næringsbygg, som vil lede til gjennombrudd i markedet for bygninger med null klimagassutslipp.

[Om ZEB-senteret i Universitetavisa]

ZEBs nettsider

Inside out. New images and imaginations of the body.

The theme of this project is how new imaging technologies contribute to redefining the body by making its inside visible on the level of cells.

Inside out. New images and imaginations of the body.

The theme of this project is how new imaging technologies contribute to redefining the body by making its inside visible on the level of cells.

(NFR/KULVER, 2010-2014)
The theme of the project is how new imaging technologies contribute to redefining the body by making its inside visible on the level of cells. On a more general level, the project questions how cultural values impact on science and technology and vice versa. By applying new imaging technologies, pictures taken of tiny body fragments are modified into astonishing and aesthetically appealing images that are used in research, in medical practice, but also in the media and in commercials. The production of these images takes place in an interface of science and popular culture. We will study how cultural values contribute in the processes of producing, interpreting and using the images and on how they draw new images of the human body that may contribute to changing imaginations of the body.
The research is of wide relevance in the sense that we will follow a scientific production process and study, firstly, if new technologies become a premise in setting new research agendas and, secondly, how cultural values and aesthetic preferences interfere in scientific practices and in science communities' communication with colleagues, funding agencies and the general public. The project will provide new knowledge on how technologies function in relation to values and aesthetics and how science and technology are interacting with culture.
The research design includes following the images from the production process in the laboratory, to the use of them in medical practice and, finally, when they travel from science communities to media and the public. The study will focus on how new technologies are applied in the production of images on the level of cells and how new knowledge of the interior of the body is produced. It will follow the process when research results are transferred out of the lab to medical practice, media and art. Thus we will study the production and interpretation of images in interactions between scientists, practitioners, lay people and (bio)artists and ask which cultural values are referred to and activated in these processes. We will ask if new image technology may lead to new interpretations of the human body, of gender difference and reproduction, and to increasing the importance of visualisation in the general understanding of biology and the body.
During all these steps cultural values will be of importance for production and interpretation, and competing values will be called upon and challenged, such as the value of nature versus culture, values related to reproduction, conception and gender, the integrity of the body, and the role of science in society.
Research questions:
How do cultural values interact with the production and interpretation of new medical images? How do medical imaging technologies contribute to new imaginations and redefinitions of human bodies and organic processes of the body? How are medical images transformed when they leave the scientific context and reappear in popular culture?
The project will have three empirical foci:

  • Fieldwork in an Image Laboratory to study how the images are produced.
  • Fieldwork in medical practice to study how the meaning of cells is negotiated between medical personnel and lay people.
  • Media and art analysis.

Responsible: Prof. Merete Lie, Dept of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU
Participants: Prof. Merete Lie, Post. doc. Manuela Perrotta, PhD student Anja Johansen.

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Project webpage

KULTkontakt

Telefon:
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Faks:
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Epost:
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Åpningstider:
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  • Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier
  • NTNU Dragvoll, Edvard Bulls v. 1.
  • Kontor administrasjon: 6411-6414
    (bygg 6, plan 4)
Postadresse:
  • Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier
    NTNU
  • 7491 Trondheim
  • Norge

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Praksis - og prosjektorientert master

http://www.ntnu.no/studier/mkks

http://www.ntnu.no/pom

Søk opptak via søknadsweb: masterprogram i tverrfaglige kultur- og kjønnsstudier (KKS).

http://www.ntnu.no/studier/soknadsweb

Bokserie:
Teknologi - og vitenskapsstudier

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Bokserie:
Kjønnsstudier

Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTO

Bokserien Kjønnsstudier koordineres fra KULT, og har kjønn som sentralt tema.