Doctoral Research Fellowship ERC-project "Before Copyright" - University of Oslo, Norway

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A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) is available at the Department of Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo, Norway

Qualification Details

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in history, law, art history, archival studies, or other disciplines relevant for the project. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements, as well as reading knowledge of the sources languages relevant for the project.
  • 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.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The applicant's ability to complete research training.
  • The project's scientific merit and relevance to the “Before Copyright” research group.
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame.
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The position is associated with the 5-year Starting Grant 101042034 “Before Copyright: Printing privileges and the politics of knowledge in early modern Europe” funded by the European Research Council and led by Principal Investigator Marius Buning, Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Oslo.

“Before Copyright” examines the long-term history of printing privileges from a cross-disciplinary perspective. The intimate relationship between legal frameworks and the politics of knowledge is the primary focus of the project.

Prospective applicants should submit a project proposal with a clear set of questions related to how printing privileges provided a normative framework for the production of knowledge. One might consider political alliances and conflicts, but also scholarly and merchant networks, media strategies and censorship, or the cultural dynamics of specific locations in a globalizing world. Projects can focus on a specific object, a group of actors, or on a genre, but also for instance on the legal justification of the privilege system itself. Projects that take a comparative, interdisciplinary, or multilinguistic approach are preferred.

For this doctoral position, we are looking for someone who wishes to specialize in the history of printing privileges in the Holy Roman Empire, between ca. 1500 and 1800. Priority will be given to projects that focus on long-term historical developments, or that deal with the issue of forgeries, fakes, and authorship. One is encouraged to work with the archives of the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv Wien, but the use of other archives, or a focus on different locations, is certainly possible.

Applicants are asked to clearly state in their project proposal (3 to 5 pages) why they have chosen a particular approach and case study. They are expected to contribute to the visualization and mapping of networks beyond national borders, and should therefore have experience with digital research methods, or at least the will to learn more about them. In case of equal evaluation, the mastery of several relevant research languages as well as experience with digital research methods will be decisive.

The person 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 candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network 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. The expected start date for the position is between February and May 2023.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. -

Application Procedure

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activity)
  • Project description clearly outlining the research questions, sources, and timeline for achieving well-defined results. The project proposal should be 3 to 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions). Prospective applicants should clearly specify the location of their sources as well as their level of reading skills of the source language(s).
  • 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)
  • The master thesis (in any language, no summaries needed) or, alternatively, 2 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of archaeology, conservation and history (IAKH) is comprised of three disciplines which in different ways study the past. The department has internationally oriented archaeologists, the only conservation program in Norway and the biggest group of historians in Scandinavia. The department has close to 100 employees, including non-permanent research fellows. The study programs span archaeology from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, object and paintings conservation, and history from Antiquity to the present age.

Note or Other details

Contact Details

Associate Professor and PI "Before Copyright" Marius Buning

Head of Department Jon Vidar Sigurdsson

HR Adviser Hilde Kristine Sletner