Professorship in Scandinavian Literature, Culture and Media Aarhus University, Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy Denmark

Professorship in Scandinavian literature, culture and media 918680


The Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University invites applications for a five-year professorship in Scandinavian literature, culture and media with particular focus on the development of cross-disciplinary Scandinavian studies. The professorship is affiliated with the subject Scandinavian languages and literature.


This is a fixed-term position with the option of extension, and it commences on 1 November 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The position

The professorship is being advertised with a view to appointing a professor with considerable international research qualifications in the field of Scandinavian literature, culture and media as well as experience of forming research networks in Scandinavian studies. The successful applicant will be expected to work with all the department’s broad range of subjects, focusing on Scandinavian cultures, media and literature. The successful applicant will also be expected to help to create a strong research environment in Scandinavian studies at the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy. The successful applicant is also expected to teach at the department, thereby helping to ensure the students’ knowledge of and qualifications in Norwegian and/or Swedish language, literature, culture and media.



Applicants must have extensive, thoroughly documented research experience at the highest level in Scandinavian cultures, media and literature, and will be expected to develop new Scandinavian research networks with internal and external partners as well as energetically applying for and obtaining external research funding for this purpose.


Applications must include a project plan for the initiatives applicants intend to take within the research area of literature, culture and media in Scandinavia. This project description must contain a description of international (including Scandinavian) collaborations. The professorship represents an investment in developing and uniting research in Scandinavian studies, so the project description should contain ideas about how the school’s existing subject fields can be strengthened as a result of this investment.



Applicants are expected to be able to document teaching experience at the highest university level, and must be able to offer teaching and supervision in relevant courses and teaching activities within this subject field at all levels of the degree programme in Scandinavian languages and literature with a view to increasing the students’ knowledge of Scandinavian language, literature, culture and media.


The successful applicant will also be expected to collaborate with regard to teaching and the development of cross-disciplinary courses in connection with other degree programmes conducted by the School of Communication and Culture and others.


Knowledge exchange

The successful applicant will be expected to share their knowledge with the rest of society, involving (for instance) research collaboration with private- or public-sector companies and organisations or with civil society, as well as communicating their knowledge to the general public.



Applicants must document considerable international research, teaching and supervision qualifications as well as skills in forming research networks within this subject field. They must also possess the initiative to unite research in literature, culture and media in the Scandinavian region and the skills needed to initiate and manage research networks in cross-disciplinary Scandinavian studies and apply for external funding for such networks.


Applicants must be able to document

• Original and innovative research at the highest international level in the field of Scandinavian literature, culture and media
• Academic publications at the highest international level
• Mastery of Norwegian and/or Swedish at a level close to that of a native speaker
• Experience of actively initiating, managing, participating in and maintaining international (including Scandinavian) research collaborations and networks
• Experience of knowledge exchange within the field of Scandinavian studies
• Experience of research applications and gaining external research funding
• Significant teaching and supervision experience at all levels of university education within the subject area (including teaching and supervision in English)


Applicants must also be able to document experience of:

• Developing degree programmes
• Developing and teaching PhD courses


Applications may be submitted in Norwegian and/or Swedish, or alternatively in Danish or English.


For further information about the position, please contact head of department Inger Schoonderbeek Hansen on tel. +45 87163162, email


Further information about applications and the appointment procedure is available from HR assistant Helle Sindal, email


Scandinavian studies at Aarhus University

Scandinavian languages and literature – often simply referred to as “Danish” in Denmark – is one of the oldest and largest subjects taught at the Faculty of Arts. The main areas are Scandinavian language, literature, culture and media. The teaching, research and knowledge exchange of the subject have a strong interest in (and close collaboration with) upper-secondary schools and others. However, the subject also has a long tradition and active practice of including and developing theories from across these main areas – and across the borders between subjects in general. Successful examples of this cross-disciplinary collaboration are educational initiatives such as the supplementary subjects in Viking studies and Event culture, the Master’s degree programme in the Experience economy, and the degree programme in Rhetoric. A cross-Scandinavian approach is adopted, and this position is a central feature of this strategy.


Research environment

In addition to the programme’s core focus on Scandinavian literature, culture, media and language, our researchers are currently working on topics such as fictionality, narrative theory, literature in a medialised context, the presentation of the self in literature and media, modern poetry, rhetoric, contemporary media and culture analysis, the culture of the body, the culture of memory, interaction, textual theory and grammar, language history and Danish dialects, globalisation and genre studies. Collaboration with research environments in Denmark and abroad plays a major role in our current work, making this one of the leading native-speaker language subjects in Scandinavia with regard to research into Scandinavian literature, contemprary forms of media and Danish language in theory and practice. Further information.


Affiliated degree programmes

The largest degree programmes are the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Scandinavian languages and literature. There is also close collaboration with the supplementary subject in Event culture; the Master’s degree programme in the Experience economy; the international Master’s and supplementary subject in Viking studies, which is taught in English; and the supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme in rhetoric (conducted in collaboration with the Department of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric and Children’s Literature).


School of Communication and Culture

This subject is part of the School of Communication and Culture, the largest school at the Faculty of Arts, which forms a framework for research, teaching, talent development and knowledge exchange of international standard in the fields of Western European languages and culture, aesthetics, literature, information and media studies, linguistics and Scandinavian languages and literature. For a more detailed description of the school, please see our website.


Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts was formed through the merger of the former main academic areas: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Theology and the Danish School of Education. The Faculty of Arts combines educational, theological and humanistic knowledge as part of Aarhus University’s activities in the fields of research, talent development, knowledge exchange and education. Further information.



Hiring as a professor requires scientific qualifications at the PhD level.



    • Regarding the recruitment procedure, see the Ministry's Executive Order on the appointment of academic staff at universities.
    • Hiring is done in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC .
    • Regarding qualification requirements and job content, please refer to the job structure memorandum .
    • For applications and attachments, refer to the instructions for applicants for scientific positions at Arts.
    • The application must contain a motivation to apply for the position and be attached to a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, relevant exam papers and scientific production (maximum of 8 work). This material is sent electronically in connection with the application.


Unless otherwise stated in the vacancy notice, the application must be completed in English

All interested regardless of personal background are invited to search. .


Application deadline

All applications must be made online and received no later than:

25.08.2017 Search position online here

Faculty of Arts


Arts is one of four main areas at Aarhus University.


Arts contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and education.


With about 500 scientific staff, 260 PhD students, 10,500 bachelor and master's students and 1,500 students after graduate education, Arts constitutes a strong and diverse research and education environment.


Arts consists of the Department of Communication and Culture, the Department of Culture and Society, the Danish Institute for Education and Education, the Center for Educational Development and Digital Media. The units each house strong academic communities and form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education. 
The academic environments and programs at Arts are part of international collaborations and have a common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with the surrounding community.



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