About AreaS

AreaS is a research group for Area Studies. It was established in June 2016 and is a part of the Faculty of Business, Languages and Social Sciences at Østfold University College (HiØ), Norway.

AreaS is open for colleagues from other faculties at the college, as well as from other institutions. The focus of the group is the analysis of physical and abstract areas. “Physical areas” refer to continental, subcontinental, national or subnational dimensions. “Abstract areas” refer to political, cultural, economic, historical or linguistic constructions that in one way or another have been or are tied to and integrated within territories.

AreaS gives priority to interdisciplinary approaches in the study of areas, drawing on disciplines such as political science, economy, geography, civilization studies, sociology and language.

AreaS emphasizes linguistic variation. The group publishes primarily in Norwegian and English, but additional languages relevant for the analysis of a specific area are utilized. This is reflected in the group’s blog. 

AreaS has expertise in the following areas (see Members below for direct contacts):  

  • Western and Eastern Europe (EU, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain)
  • The Middle East (Israel, Iran)
  • Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark)
  • The Arctic and Island.
  • USA
  • French speaking countries 
  • Latin-America

AreaS Members

Franck Orban, ØSS (AreaS leader)
Elin Strand Larsen, ØSS (AreaS deputy leader)
Andre Avias, ØSS 
Harald Borgebund, ØSS
Wladimir Alfredo Chavez Vaca, ØSS 
Daniel Lees Fryer, ØSS 
Marjo-Riitta Rynning, ØSS 
Johanna Mary Wagner, ØSS 
​​​​​​​Håvard Friis Nilsen, LU

Rania Maktabi, ØSS 
Hélène Marie Celdran ØSS
Anje Müller Gjesdal, ØSS
Sondre Lindahl, ØSS
Ole Vanem, HiØ library
Fred Carlo Andersen, LU
Robert M. Mikkelsen, ØSS (associated member) 
Torgeir Landro, NLA University College, Bergen (associated member)
Elisabetta Cassina Wolff, University of Oslo (associated member)
David Mauk, University of Oslo (associated member)
Kai Heidemann, Maastricht University, Netherlands (associated member)