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) and led by architecture historian Dr. Ass. Prof. Ingrid Halland. 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. Project website: www.tio2project.com.
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 and Principle Investigator of NorWhite, Ingrid Halland, 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”).
Qualifications and personal qualities
- The applicant must hold a 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.