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PhD Fellowship position in Art in Society

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond. The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm. OsloMet is home to some of Norway’s largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Art, Design and Drama (EST) is developing rapidly and is facing exciting changes in the next few years. The department has approximately 900 students and 58 employees. We offer study programmes at bachelor's and master's level in design, arts and crafts, drama and theatre communication, art dissemination, and fashion and production. In addition, we have a new PhD program: Innovation for sustainability, and number of further education programmes and practical pedagogical programmes in design, arts and crafts and drama and theatre communication. Most of the study programmes have an element of outreach practical training as an integral part. The department has four research groups and a high level of activity in external activities. This is affiliated with the department's unit for lifelong learning

PhD Fellowship position in Art in Society

A PhD Fellowship position in Art in Society is available at the Department of Art, Design and Drama, the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). The Doctoral Fellowship is associated with the interdisciplinary research group Art & Society and the new PhD programme Innovation for Sustainability. We seek an innovative, curiosity-driven and scientifically strong candidate who is keen to explore ideas and topics which focus on how aesthetics, arts and culture may intervene in the ways in which we attempt transformation towards a more sustainable, just and livable planet.

Area of research

Sustainability challenges – from climate change and biodiversity loss to social inequality and unrest – require responses that are not only characterized by technological advances and calculability, but that also mobilize imaginative acts that open new spaces and practices for dealing with the effects of interlinked social and environmental problems. One of the appeals of the arts in this regard is that they are seen to open up much needed spaces for creativity and experimentation and to work on an affective, sensuous and emotional level. This level is often seen as lacking in the more technocratic language of policy and planning. Furthermore, the arts play an important role in thinking through our representations of environmental change and may give tangible form to the imagination of alternatives outside of the constraints of the given present.

However, artistic strategies and formats are struggling when it comes to attempts at intervening in general issues of power and politics concerning questions of sustainability. Too often they become isolated islands of empowerment and their outcomes often remain marginalized in the overall policy process. More work is needed to critically interrogate how (or indeed where or by whom) the arts might intervene in sustainability issues in ways that challenge and change the status quo. An important first step is to create stronger links between critical social theories and artistic strategies, practices and formats in order to explicitly address the politics of this kind of work and its political implications. This entails focusing not only on the transformative potentials of aesthetic processes and outputs. It is also necessary to critique the politics and elitism of many art forms, including white heteronormative forms of cultural production and those based on elite and/or solely Western expertise, knowledge practices and framings of the environment.

The doctoral project designed by the applicant is expected to explore topics and ideas related to the discussions outlined in this call, focusing specifically on the politics of the arts and aesthetics in terms of engaging with a world in ecological crisis. We seek projects that in various ways both recognize and appreciate the possibilities of the arts and aesthetics to tell alternative stories about sustainability, and that critically explores their potential to intervene in authoritative institutional and disciplinary spaces, as well as within more everyday places and communities. The ways in which the project responds to the call should be outlined in the application letter and project description.

Main duties of the position

The candidate is expected to conduct independent research that advance the state of the arts at the intersection of arts and aesthetics and sustainability, and to contribute to the broader research environment in the department. This includes participating in joint research activities and research training, as well as disseminating findings in research seminars, conferences, peer-reviewed journals and other fora.

The PhD fellowship will be offered for a period of three years (100% position), or alternatively, four years including 25% compulsory work (teaching and supervision activities or research administrative work). The decision on whether a 3 or 4-year position is suitable will be discussed as a part of the interview process.

Qualification requirements

Candidates who already hold a PhD in the same or similar field may not apply. General criteria for appointments to academic positions are covered by the Civil Service Act (Forskrift om ansettelsesvilkår for stillinger som postdoktor, stipendiat, vitenskapelig assistent og spesialistkandidat).

Admission to the doctoral program at the faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet, within 3 months after employment in the position, is a prerequisite for joining the position. To be admitted to the PhD program, the applicant must have a B or better at the master's degree and C or better at the bachelor's degree.

We are looking for applicants who

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

The final project description will be developed with the candidate’s supervisor when applying for admission to the doctoral programme

Please apply electronically to this position.

All the documents must be written in English or a Scandinavian language (Danish, Swedish or Norwegian). Any translations must be authorized by government. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Katja Lindseth:

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

We can offer you

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary wage scale 54, 501 200 NOK per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants.

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.

Other information

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The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology.

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the top of the page.


Deadline for applications:      20.02.2023

Ref.:                                          22/08878

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.