Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) in performance and archival practices for recorded media

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Deadline: 18 Jun 2023

18th June 2023

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Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) in performance and archival practices for recorded media
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About the position

Høgskolen i Østfold/Akademi for Scenekunst (Norwegian Theatre Academy) in Fredrikstad offers a research and study environment in the expanded fields of acting, performance and scenography. Students inquire into the intersections of art and society with internationally practicing guest artists and faculty. Values informing the education rely on listening, collaboration, staying with failure, re-imagining material relations, excavation, and play.

PhD in performance and archival practices for recorded media

Høgskolen i Østfold/Akademi for Scenekunst (Norwegian Theatre Academy) offers a PhD fellowship in artistic research in performing arts, with a specialization in performance as archival practice for recorded media. As this PhD is also in close collaboration with the research environment at The Norwegian Film School, the applicant will also go through a formal admission process with the PhD programme in Artistic Research in Film and Related Audio-Visual Arts at the Norwegian Film School, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

The position is for artists working on investigations of performance practice through and for recorded media, where the research is situated in the complex meeting point between live art and documentation. Examples include (but are not limited to) those working with performance for video, recorded sound and film, those researching performative methods of archiving, those questioning ways of documenting live performance in various media, or those investigating performative transmission of complex embodied/lived experience in relation to the screen etc.

The research platform at NTA has since 2012 carried out extensive research on archives, power, and cultural memory. We encourage all PhD projects who have a dynamic emphasis on ethics and critical reflection in their research.

The research activity of the candidate will be linked to two externally funded faculty projects in the artistic research platform of NTA. The projects provide a PhD candidate opportunities for artistic residencies, research based co-teaching, collaborative documentary practice and international exchange. The applicant should articulate their interest for collaboration in the research platform at NTA, and specify what areas or aspects of their project might dialogue with this ongoing research. See more information about the projects below.

For information:

The two projects are funded by Hk-Dir, 1) Radical Elders: Transgenerational Performance Knowledges led by Professor Saul Garcia and 2) Sea Matters: Performance research pedagogy laboratory with University of Rio de Janeiro led by Professor Karmenlara Ely. These projects are rooted in performance research, critical archival practices and liberatory pedagogies. They both integrate questions for ancestral time and reimagining place / institutions in relation to indigenous and other performance knowledges. Methods include practical artistic residencies, live and digital exchanges /workshops across borders and exploration of the use of recorded media and digital databases as performance material (film, sound, photography). The artistic work in this research platform includes performative historiography, performance art, storytelling, sharing of performative artifacts and legacies, new pedagogical proposals for collective work and embodied archiving. (The platform contributes to the curriculum on BA, MA and PhD levels of NTA through the workshops and residencies, as well as curriculum reform.) Please learn more through the following links:

Qualification requirements
  • Master’s degree (equivalent to 120 credits according to Norwegian standard definitions) in a relevant field, or equivalent artistic competence. If the master’s degree is based on a grading system, the average grade must be B or higher.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

About Research fellowship
  • The fixed term of appointment is three years, without compulsory teaching, administrative or technical duties.

We offer
  • PhD Candidates (code 1017) are remunerated with a gross annual salary of minimum NOK 532 200 with an automatic raise for up to four years with a 3% annual increase. In addition to taxes, a further 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • good insurance policies, pension, and loan options in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • positive and encouraging work environment

Submitting an application

Please submit your application electronically via our recruitment system Please note that the application (letter and proposal) must be written in English.

The application must contain:

  • An application letter with a brief overview of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • A project outline as a proposal of the project (max. 8 pages) with the following elements:
    • presentation of the theme and description of the project's relevance
    • research questions
    • project’s contribution to the field through artistic practice and reflection
    • a plan for dissemination of results and reflection
    • sketch for project
    • an outline of budget and any external financing/resources
    • a statement of infrastructure needs for the implementation of the artistic research project.
  • Academic CV with an overview of education and experience. Complete documentation of all higher education must be included. Applicants should also attach a regular CV as a separate document (PDF).
  • Transcripts of grades and diplomas. Applicants with a master’s degree from universities abroad, must attach “Recognition of foreign higher education” from NOKUT. Instructions on how to get the master’s degree assessed and approved are given by NOKUT, cf.
  • Certificates documenting relevant experience.
  • Documentation with extracts from up to five (5) artistic works or research of relevance to the application
  • English language requirements might need to be documented. Please refer to the following web page for further details:
  • Names and contact details of two references.

Attachments are uploaded as separate files. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all attachments are uploaded. Documents submitted after expiry of the application deadline will not be considered in the evaluation.

Form requirements for project proposal:

The project description must be a maximum of 8 pages including a list of references. The page format for the project description must be A4 with 2 cm margins, 11-point font (Arial, Calibri and Times New Roman) and single line spacing. Font size 9 can be used for the reference list and any figure text.
The quality of the project description is an important basis for whether applicants will be called for an interview.

Formal requirements for documentation of artistic work and research:

Documentation should provide information on and show extracts from up to five (5) artistic works or research of relevance to the application. The documentation material should, through excerpts, document artistic breadth and quality, with particular emphasis on examples that relate to the area of ​​the proposed doctoral project. Total duration should not exceed 120 min. The documentation material must be collected in one PDF file as an attachment to the application, possibly with a link to where audiovisual material can be experienced online, e.g. YouTube and Vimeo. It is the applicant's responsibility that links remain available during the period while the application is being evaluated. Remember to include a password if online documentation is password-protected.

If the attachments exceed 30 MB in total, these must be compressed before uploading.

Contact persons

For questions concerning the PhD position, contact Professor Karen Kipphoff
tlf: +47 977 39 262

For questions concerning the application, contact Head of department Anne Berit Løland
tlf: +47 99232849

Other information

Østfold University College practices an inclusive working life and conforms to the government’s inclusion efforts. This means that we welcome qualified applicants with disabilities, different national or ethnic backgrounds, and candidates who, for various reasons, are unable to document an unbroken professional career.

We practice open government in the state. If you require any confidential processing of your application, please note that information about you may still be disclosed. You will then be notified of this, cf. §25 of the Freedom of Information Act

If you state that you have disabilities, an immigrant background or gaps in your CV, your information may be used for statistical purposes.  

About Østfold University College

Østfold University College is a state university college with around 7800 students and 620 employees. The University College’s academic communities are organised into three major faculties: The Faculty of Health, Welfare and Organisation, the Faculty of Teacher Education and Languages, and the Faculty of Computer Science, Engineering and Economics. We are located in Fredrikstad and Halden and have a broad portfolio of studies ranging from vocational programmes of study to arts programmes, both at bachelor’s and master’s level.
The University College is experiencing positive growth and has an ambitious strategy for the future, including the establishment of an interdisciplinary doctoral programme called ‘Digitalisation and Society’, delivering outstanding educational programmes that are socially relevant, and strengthening interaction with trade and industry and society – both in education and research.
The main aim of the University College’s activities is to provide students with access to outstanding programmes of study that are socially relevant and professionally oriented. We will ensure that students have a great learning outcome and are ready for a working life with rapid restructuring, by focusing on quality, on technology, on infrastructure and on new teaching methods. The students will also experience a close relationship between theoretical knowledge, fields of profession and societal needs, and the college will therefore strengthen its strategic and binding cooperation with working life.
Although we have a strong regional foundation, our education programmes are increasingly characterized by an international commitment. Østfold University College also works to strengthen its partnerships with selected national and international educational institutions.
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about developing Østfold University College and want to build an attractive, competent and development-oriented university college.

For more information about Østfold University College, visit our website at

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