PhD Position - Department of Art and Media Studies

Trondheim, Norway
05 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Art- and Media studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications from qualified individuals for a 4-year PhD position.

The Department of Art and Media Studies is a part of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU, situated at the Dragvoll Campus in Trondheim. The Department currently employs 29 permanent academic staff within the fields of Drama and Theatre, Film Studies, Film- and Video Production, Media Studies and Art History. The Department has a humanistic approach to teaching and research in the aforementioned fields. Further information are found here: http://www.ntnu.ikm

Project Description
The announced PhD grant is linked to the research project Theatre and democratic competency. The project which is about to be implemented, is a collaboration between NTNU, Department of Art- and Media Studies and the University of Witwatersrand, Drama for Life, South- Africa. The project investigates the relation between theatre and democracy both in teaching and research. The project builds on the Norwegian, nationwide collaboration Drama, theatre and Democracy 2014-2017, and it offers further focus on the reciprocal interest in examining critically, within a global challenge frame, how meaning is constructed and life experienced shaped in current democracies and post-democracies.
The project examines theatre as cultural participation, communication and investigation and is based in a research paradigm in accordance with the communicative and methodological potential of applied theatre. This includes interest in how research may stimulate critique, growth and development. The project group will consist of drama and theatre researchers, master students and PhD from NTNU who apply and develop art-based research and related performative ethnographic approaches (, and colleagues in similar positions connected to Drama for life, University of Witwaterstrand.

Main tasks
The successful applicant must produce research that redeems central research objectives:
a) Investigation and measuring existing knowledge on diversity, cross-cultural communication, maladjustment and non-democratic phenomena by ways of theatre as work form and communication
b) Investigating the aesthetic practice in the social context in order to develop and strengthening methodology, dramaturgy, production formats.
c) Creating new understanding and knowledge, enhanced democratic competency and empowerment linked to the above-mentioned objectives

The successful applicant must hold a relevant master degree in drama/theatre. The degree must be achieved within the submission deadline. If the applicant hold a cross-disciplinary degree, a depth study in drama/theatre must be documented. Project proposals that researches theatre in relation to its societal values (researching through applied theatre) will be preferred. The research design should be clearly delimited and feasible within the project period of 4 years. Finally, an understanding of democratic competency is asked for, showing the possible connection to theatre. This concept may be linked to a variety of related democratic terms; populism, diversity, tolerance, marginality, health, welfare, disability, colonialism. The successful applicant will treat the area of tension between artistic/aesthetic and social/political perspectives and practices. The PhD position makes demands to work goal-oriented, with concentration and independency. When evaluation the applicant the following is emphasized: project description, achieved degrees, previous publications/academic work. Relevant work practice, personal capacity, and collaborative qualifications may also be emphasized.

In order be accepted to a PhD-programme at NTNU, you must have:
• completed at least five years of higher education that includes a master's degree or other equivalent degree
• a strong academic record and a weighted average for the last two years of your master's degree equivalent to a B or higher in NTNU's grading scale

PhD study at NTNU is organized in PhD programmes. Within 3 months after appointing the successful PhD scholarship holder, he/she must apply for admission to the PhD programme in Aesthetics. For further information please see

The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge  (, and be marked with the file number for the position 17-022

The application should include:
• a preliminary project outline
• updated CV including complete list of publications after master’s degree
• certified copies of exams, certificates, and testimonials from former employers
 and any other relevant information

Applicants that are considered for the position will be asked to inform about their references and are called in for an interview. Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Terms and benefits
The position is remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 435.100, - annually (2016), of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.
The appointment will be made in accordance with regulations for fellowship appointments at universities, and with regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties

The successful applicant's work place will be at the Department of Art and Media Studies at NTNU Dragvoll.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit persons with a diverse background. Candidates who fit the latter description are encouraged to apply.

For further information:
Project-leader professor Bjørn Rasmussen ( or  Head of office
Trond Einar Garmo (

Questions about the application process can be directed to administrative consultant Hege Tverå Nilsson (email:
Application deadline: 01.09.2017

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 136886
  • Internal ID HF17-022
  • Scope Part time
  • Duration Fixed Term

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