Claes Ohlsson

Claes Ohlsson

Associate professor
Department of Swedish Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Claes’ research concerns institutional language use in relation to both organizations and individuals and with a theoretical-methodological platform in text and discourse analysis. His area of expertise is language and communication within financial economics and business discourses with two overarching themes. In the field of financial economics, he has investigated and discussed how demands for increased financial knowledge among individuals (i.e.. financial literacy) are manifested in various text genres and as persuasion. Within this theme, he has also studied marketing rhetoric of Swedish banks from a historical perspective. The second research theme is mainly focused on how large corporations use language and communication to show and legitimize different types of responsibility in relation to stakeholders and business goals, e.g., in annual reports or other regulatory texts.

During the period 2022–2025, Claes will work with the research project The Market Language: Studies in the Discourse about Markets from Medieval to Modern Times, which is a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers in the history of ideas and linguistics from three universities (University of Gothenburg, Linnaeus University and Södertörn University. The project is financed by the Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg Foundation and is located at the University of Gothenburg. The main goal of the project is to investigate and discuss the use and change of the market concept over time - from the Middle Ages to the present - using computational linguistics methods with a large material of texts from different areas of society.

Claes is also active in an LNU internal network on migration research (under the name Platform Migration 2018–2021) with researchers from several faculties at LNU. He is responsible for the sub-project The self-evident language? Language as a key concept in contemporary integration discourse together with Johanna Salomonsson from the Department of Swedish Language.

Publications in DiVA database

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Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))

Conference paper (Refereed)