Bakgrunn og aktiviteter

My research mainly takes a discourse analytical perspective and comprises ethnographic works and qualitative interviews with a particular interest in the interactive work of learning and subjectification in adult education, the media and other everyday sites. Recently I have investigated family life and parenting as lifelong learning practices, and I am currently working on the pedagogics of lifestyle change portrayed in popular culture. In addition, I am interested in methodological debates on qualitative research, for instance, questions on research ethics, analysis, reflexivity and quality.

Together with some colleagues, I have established the Discourse seminar where researchers within the educational field as well as language studies recurrently come together to analyse interactional data.

I am also part of a research group highlighting the role of conversation and dialogue in adult learning and counselling practices. Within the group, the possibilities and conditions of conversation are addressed in and through concepts like subject positioning, relations, embodiment and roles within and across various contexts such as education, work life and family.

Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

Et utvalg av nyere tidsskriftspublikasjoner, kunstneriske produksjoner, bok, inklusiv bokdeler og rapport-del. Se alle publikasjoner i databasen



  • Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2012) Familjeliv och lärande. Studentlitteratur AB. 2012. ISBN 978-91-44-07809-0.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott; Håland, Erna; Tønseth, Christin; Tøsse, Sigvart. (2011) Voksne, læring og kompetanse. Gyldendal Akademisk. 2011. ISBN 978-82-05-41680-2.

Del av bok/rapport

  • Aarsand, Liselott. (2015) Confessional talk on parenting. Foucault and a Politics of Confession in Education.
  • Aarsand, Liselott. (2013) Föräldraidentiteter och (själv)disciplineringens dynamik. Lärandets Mångfald. Om vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning.
  • Aarsand, Liselott. (2012) Föräldraskapets noviser, erfarna och expertis. Familjeliv och lärande.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2012) Lärandepraktiker i familjen. Familjeliv och lärande.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2012) Med lärandeblick på familjers vardagsliv. Familjeliv och lärande.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott. (2011) Foreldreskapets identitetsarbeid - om media som ressurs i voksnes læring. Voksne, læring og kompetanse.