Doctoral Research Fellowship in Twentieth-century Norwegian liteature

University of Oslo
March 19, 2023
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Doctoral Research Fellowship in Twentieth-century Norwegian liteature Job description

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in twentieth-century Norwegian literature is available at the Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo.

The PhD fellow will take part in the Norwegian Research Council-funded project “Made Abroad: Producing Norwegian World Literature in a Time of Rupture, 1900-1950” (MAP), led by Aina Nøding at the National Library of Norway. The project team includes Giuliano D'Amico at the Centre for Ibsen Studies. MAP uncovers the paths of Norwegian literature towards a world readership during the first dramatic half of the twentieth century. In this period, Norwegian authors faced a series of ruptures and challenging circumstances: two world wars following new forms of nationalism, changes to traditional cultural, religious, and linguistic hegemonies, as well as international copyright laws, the introduction of global mass media, and new methods of book production and distribution. Significantly rewriting Norwegian literary history, MAP also challenges our view of centre-periphery dynamics of literary exchange across borders, forging a highly innovative approach combining reception and translation studies, sociology of literature, book and cultural history.

This PhD fellowship will take part in work package 1 (Agents of exchange: Networks, middlemen and translations). The successful candidate's dissertation project will contribute to the larger aims of MAP through its respective case study, focusing on translation. For more information on the project, see the MAP website ( or contact Giuliano D'Amico: [email protected]

Norwegian literature depended on translation for an international readership. Applying translation theory or textual criticism could reveal interesting results regarding adaptation or even censorship in new markets. The PhD fellow will be expected to contribute to the project's research on the translation of works primarily published between 1900-50. Possible subjects include push factors (the economic and literary interest of Norwegian authors and publishers) or pull factors (such as religious or political ideology, nation building, or literature or language policy), translators' or publisher's textual adaptations or paratextual framing, translators as part of international networks, or their collaboration with authors or agents. The successful candidate should discuss possible methods and theoretical approaches to this problem in the project description. One or more of these research questions can serve as a point of departure for the project description:

  • How did Norwegian literature come to be constructed, produced and read abroad?
  • How did authors and the publishing industry navigate this new topography of world literature?
  • What new paths and processes were carved out, by whom and to what effect?
  • More about the position

    The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree (

    The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant (

    Qualification requirements
  • A Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field, such as Scandinavian literature or Comparative literature. Applicants with training in reception, translation and cultural studies, sociology of literature or the history of the book may be prioritized. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements (, a Scandinavian language as well as the language of the area the proposed project takes into consideration.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master's degree or equivalent), including a Master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme's scope and quality.

    In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.
  • We offer
  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (
  • Attractive welfare benefits (
  • How to apply

    The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements (, if applicable
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions (
  • Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

    Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

    The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

    Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

    Formal regulations

    Please see regulations ( as well as guidelines for the application assessment process ( and appointments ( to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

    No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

    Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

    The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement ( for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

    Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

    Contact information

    For questions about the position: Associate professor Giuliano D'Amico (, e-mail [email protected]

    For questions on how to apply: HR Adviser Julie Tøllefsen (

    About the University of Oslo

    The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

    The Centre for Ibsen Studies (CIS) is a national and international hub for research, documentation and teaching about Henrik Ibsen's life and works. The Centre is located at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, but has its own budget and board. The Centre's mandate is “to initiate and facilitate research and dissemination on Henrik Ibsen and his oeuvre, with the aim of strengthening Ibsen Studies in a national and international context.” The main tasks of the Centre are research, teaching, dissemination and documentation. In recent years, the Centre has prioritized various digital open access resources. Among these, the electronic edition of Henrik Ibsen's writings and the relational database IbsenStage are particularly important in advancing new research on Ibsen. The Centre aims to be an international leader within the field of digital humanities.


    19th March 2023


    University of Oslo




    Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)


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    Blindern, UiO, Oslo, Norway

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