PhD Position at the Department of Art and Media Studies,Norway

Publish Date: Jun 23, 2016

Deadline: Jul 20, 2016

PhD position at the Department of Art and Media Studies

The Faculty of Humanities announces one PhD position connected to the interdisciplinary project Face of Terror: Understanding Terrorism from the Perspective of Critical Media Aesthetics, financed by the Research Council of Norway. The PhD position is for a period of 3 years.

Project description

The project pursues its aim of understanding terrorism from the perspective of critical media aesthetics by focusing on the “face” of terror — a term that goes to the core of the communicative and mediated aspects of terrorism: The face is a primary site of contact with fellow human beings and a contested marker of identity, whilst in a broader sense it is also a cultural interface that distributes and redistributes visibility and power. Taking the mediated face as its entry-point, the project investigates the identity work that goes into acts of terrorism, as well as into the cultural responses to them within contemporary media.

The PhD candidate's project will contribute to the project on terrorism in globalized and mediated environments through investigating technologies of the face (identification photography, surveillance etcetera) and/or mediated faces as social and cultural interfaces by way of one or more case studies from contemporary visual media of his or her own choice.


Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree or equivalent degree with a strong academic record (B or better) in media studies, film studies or similar. Applicants with a different background in the humanities or social sciences (philosophy, science and technology studies, literature studies, digital humanities) will also be considered if the applicant can document theoretical and analytical knowledge about visual media and media theory for instance through their master’s thesis.
The working language for the project is English, and it is therefore expected that the successful applicant will write their dissertation in English.

The application must contain information about education, exams/grades, publications and any relevant experience. The applicants are also asked to give a brief summary of their master’s thesis and account for their interest in the announced project. In addition, the application must include an outline of ideas and perspectives that the applicant wishes to develop in his/her PhD project (no more than three pages).

The applications should be submitted electronically through this page. Applicants should label their applications with the reference number HF16-014 and assemble the separate attachments into one document.
The following attachments for the PhD position must be sent 

  • CV
  • Outline of ideas and perspective for the PhD project (maximum 3 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Scanned copies of certificates

If some of the attachments cannot be sent electronically, one copy should be sent by regular mail. The envelope must be marked with the reference number HF 16-014 and sent to NTNU, Faculty of Humanities, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway.
Shortlisted applicants will be asked for references and invited to an interview.

Terms and benefits

The position is remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 430 200 annually, of which 2 percent is deducted for the State Pension scheme. The appointments will be made in accordance with the current regulations for fellowship appointments at Norwegian universities. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties.

Eligible applicants cannot already hold a PhD degree awarded by NTNU to qualify for selection. (Forskrift om ansettelsesvilkår for stillinger som postdoktor, stipendiat, vitenskapelig assistent og spesialistkandidat §2-1).
Primary place of work will be at the Department of Art and Media Studies, at the Faculty of Humanities in Trondheim.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. 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.

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