The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion invites applications for a PhD research fellowship in the field of Islamic history and culture, relating to the topic of Islamic text circulation and usage in the Swahili coastal region. The position is part of the research project “«MPrinT@East_AFRICA. Islamic Manuscript, Print and Practice: Textual adaptation in East Africa» financed by the Norwegian Research Council.
The MPrinT project (2021-2025) will explore the hypothesis that reforms in Islamic textual tradition and ritual practice during the 19th and 20th centuries took place within existing authority structures and led to a series of adaptations rather than breaks from tradition. To this end, the project will document, catalogue, and analyze Islamic textual material from the manuscript-to-print transition period in coastal East Africa (the Swahili coastal region). Besides the documentation effort, the project will investigate how these texts have been used in ritual practice and education from ca. 1950 to the present, and how this usage has varied across locations, generations, and gender. This part of the project will be based on interviews and studies of ritual practice.
About the PhD position:
- The candidate is expected to produce a PhD dissertation within the focus of the MPrinT project.
- A project proposal describing the PhD project must be submitted with the application.
- The PhD candidate is expected to take part in the data collection in the field on the Swahili coast, alongside team members.
- The candidate is also expected to form part of the MPrinT team in theorizing the overall objectives of the project.
The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for independent research and for other forms of employment that demand specific competency. The duration of the PhD position is 3 years.
Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen, are not eligible for employment.
The employment period may be reduced if the selected candidate previously has been employed in a recruitment position.
The PhD position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
About the research training
The PhD candidate must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. It is a condition that the applicant satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The candidate must hold a Norwegian master’s degree or an equivalent international degree in a relevant discipline (African or Middle East history, Islamic studies, social anthropology or related disciplines). It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT in order to evaluate whether this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
- The applicant is expected to acquire knowledge of, and actively use digital material, and to create such material.
- The applicant must be able to work independently, including in field work, in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
- Knowledge of Arabic is a precondition. Working knowledge of Swahili is an advantage.
In assessing the applications, both the academic quality of the project with a particular focus on feasibility, and the applicant’s qualifications will be considered.
In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s personal eligibility will be taken into account.
We can offer:
- A good and professionally challenging working environment.
- Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 490 800 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise.
- Good welfare benefits.
How to apply:
Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV form.
The application must include:
- A project proposal (up to 5 pages /12.000 characters), describing the planned PhD project, including analytical approach, empirical material, and method. The proposal must also describe how the PhD project will fit into the MPrinT project, and reflections upon the feasibility and access to data.
- A progress plan for the PhD project.
- Bibliography for the proposed project.
- The name and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
- Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- A short summary of the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis (up to 3 pages).
- Relevant certificates/references.
- A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word or pdf-format.