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 Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) in Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS), University of Oslo.

Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities studies the relationship between conceptions and practices of rights, forms and habits of imagining community, and the structure and practice of literature. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the ENGLABS team at ILOS, consisting of faculty and PhDs doing research in English-language Literatures and American and British Studies. This group is interested in the relationship between literature in English and broad conceptions of human rights, intellectual rights, civil rights, biopolitics, and posthumanist critiques of rights discourse.

Rights are always conceived – positively or negatively – against the background of national, ethnic, or international communities. Much of the existing discourse on national and extranational communities sees them as dependent on imaginative and linguistic structures that they share in common with literary and cultural texts. The Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities project is focused on the intersections between the imaginative structures at work in the political, social, and aesthetic realms. The researchers involved in the project pay special attention to questions of inclusion and diversity, both critiquing the exclusions at work in traditional assignations of rights and investigating the way in which more expansive communities of rights can be built on shared environmental, social, and cultural concerns.

The project’s approach is a broad one, both historically, stretching from the Renaissance and early modern period to the present, and conceptually, examining the notion of rights from a number of different political, intellectual, and gendered perspectives.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow with excellent research qualifications, one who will strengthen the project’s research profile in the following areas: cultural studies and critical theory; African American studies and/or Critical Race theory; women’s and gender studies.

This is a two and a half year position. There is a 10% component of the position which is devoted to required duties. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic scholar with an ambitious research and publication project, someone capable of contributing new insights to existing research, and of publishing in leading international journals. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and the capability to work in close collaboration with others. The candidate will work with the members of the LRIC Research project as well as with our network of national and international scholars.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


  • PhD with a specialization in English-language literatures
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the main project
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • the project’s scholarly merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • the applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame an contribute to the main project
  • good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

  • Salary level NOK 490 900 - 569 000 per year, depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • A well-developed intellectual framework for support, feedback and scholarly exchange


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form, preferably in pdf-format:

  • Application letter briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests, and a personal assessment focusing on how you fit the description in the announcement
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed
  • List of publications
  • Project description (approximately 3-5 pages). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number. Please do not include letters of recommendation.)

Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works will be requested later.

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

See also Regulations concerning Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, 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.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Application deadline: 31 January 2018


Associate Professor Bruce Barnhart

Associate Professor Tina Skouen

Head of Administration Karina Kleiva

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  • Deadline
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/12834 ILOS
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