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Doctoral Research Fellowships (3) within ERC research project JEUX

Deadline: 15.08.2024

Department of Literature, European Languages and Area Studies

Universitetet i 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 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.

Job description

Three Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) in Literary Studies are available at the Department of Literature, European Languages and Area Studies, University of Oslo.

The positions form part of the ERC-funded research project JEUX – Literary Games, Poetics and the Early-Modern Novel (101087560). JEUX investigates how literary authors model their own practice creatively through play. The project goes beyond traditional metaphors of literature as gameplay and investigates an actual literary game from theoretical, historical and empirical perspectives. The project investigates representations of game-playing practices in early-modern novels, novelists’ participation in literary salons and the impact that these practices have on how the novel gets established as a genre. JEUX will explore cultural practices as a potential site for creativity, innovation and community also in the contemporary world.

Three doctoral research fellowships are available to investigate literary games in the early-modern period, with a particular emphasis on France in the seventeenth century and the relationship between literary games and the developing genre of the novel.

Possible areas of research include but are not limited to:

(1) Reception: Playing games with the ancient world, for example in writing fictional biographies, and drawing on texts from Greek and Roman antiquity for generating fictional worlds.

(2) Interactions between literary games and the larger narrative of the novel. Possible projects investigate the relationship between the novels of the period and anthologies of portraits or letters, as well as maxims, proverbs or emblems.

(3) Presentation of narrators and their stories in collaborative settings. Possible core texts include novella collections, fictions set in the literary salons or collections of literary fairy tales.

Candidates are invited to present their own choice of core texts from French seventeenth-century literature, which can also include comparisons to other early-modern literatures (such as Italian, German or English traditions). Interdisciplinary approaches to the topic, drawing for example on anthropology, cognitive approaches to literature, game studies or philosophy, are welcome but not required.

An example of an early literary game is available on the project website. Successful candidates will have the possibility to conduct archival work in relevant archives in France and elsewhere, and draw on the expertise of the project’s advisory board. For further information on the project, see the project website.

More about the position

The persons 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 candidates are expected to join the existing research milieu in the project JEUX and (if appropriate) LCE – Centre for Literature, Cognition and Emotions 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 one or more of the following: literary studies, classics, media studies or related relevant fields. 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. Candidates with fluent skills in French can be prioritized.
  • 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.

Further qualifications

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.

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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, jobbnorge.no.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

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.

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

Contact information

  • Project leader, professor Karin Kukkonen (e-mail)
  • Head of Administration Karina Kleiva (e-mail)
  • HR Adviser Evian Nordstrand (e-mail) (for questions on how to apply)

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