Researcher in art history (1,5-year position) affiliated with the project ‘How Norway Made the World Whiter’

University of Bergen
January 15, 2023
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Researcher in art history (1,5-year position) affiliated with the project

‘How Norway Made the World Whiter'

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There is a vacant researcher position in art history at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen, starting 01.07.2023. The appointment is for a fixed term of 1,5 years.

About the project/work tasks:

The position is affiliated with research project 'Now Norway Made the World Whiter,' (NorWhite), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal). The project examines how a Norwegian innovation – the white pigment titanium dioxide – not only led to an aesthetic desire for white surfaces but was also connected to racist attitudes.

The appointed scholar will investigate how representations of national identity are linked to art, architecture, and visual culture from 1850 to the present, with an emphasis on recent art history (1850 – today). Relevant topics can be national identity building, industrialization, modernization, aesthetics and technology, color theory (white color), and postcolonial theory. The researcher will also work with the curation of an exhibition about the project's theme and be the co-editor of an academic anthology.

The researcher should approach the empirical material theory with theory from recent art history and/or media theory, preferably focusing on post-colonial theory and material histories of visual culture.

Please contact Associate Professor Ingrid Halland (contact information below) if you want to discuss possible approaches.

Applicants must propose a brief project description and progress plan (see more details below “How to apply for the position”).

It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment. The researcher position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within art history or related fields. The doctoral thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of appointment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • The applicant must provide a project proposal with a progress plan for the project's main activities, and a plan for publishing results in recognized international channels.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently in a well- structured way and have good cooperation skills.
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • In addition, the following experiences will be considered an advantage:

  • Experience with Norwegian art history in an international perspective
  • Experience with theoretical approaches related to material and techniques through an art historical lens
  • Experience in organizing conferences and editing academic publications
  • In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and relevant experience, and to the project proposal.

    In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant's personal suitability will also weigh in.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary in accordance with pay grade 62 - 64 (Code 1109) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 573 500 – 604 000 gross p.a. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A compulsory 2 % contribution will be deducted from the gross salary.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise.
  • Good welfare benefits.
  • Your application must include:

    Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form, and the application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two referees.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, and diploma for the PhD
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A summary of the proposed project (up to 5 pages/12.000 characters)
  • A progress plan for the proposed project
  • Bibliography for the proposed project
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Up to five academic works (may include theses, monographs and articles) that are to be given special consideration in the assessment of your academic qualifications
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be in Word of pdf-format.

    Questions or queries concerning the electronic application process can be directed to:

    General information:

    Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Ingrid Halland (Project Leader for NorWhite). E-mail:

    The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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