Adjunct in Literary

Updated: 13 days ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2021

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HDK-Valand is recruiting an adjunct in Literary Composition. The appointment is for 6 months, and 30 % of full-time. It will consist of planning and teaching a first-cycle free-standing course called ADAB, with the unit Film / Photo / Literary Composition at HDK-Valand.

Subject area

Literary composition

Subject area description

The free-standing course ADAB in Literary Composition is directed to peopele based in Sweden who are professional writers in Arabic. It is an opportunity to gain new knowledge about literary environments in Sweden and about issues concerning translation, publishing and reading.

Job assignments

As a teacher you will lead a group of writers in a process aiming to develop and discuss their literary writing in relation to movements between languages, contexts and places. How do these movements influence the content and the form of literary texts, and in what ways can you as a writer work with the experience of different languages and settings? We will explore contemporary literature written in Arabic and Swedish, looking at similarities and differences from the point of view of style, theme, literary form, and conditions surrounding writing, publication and reception.

The duties may include academic assignments.


Eligible to be hired as a lecturer is the one who has shown pedagogical skills, partly undergone university education at the lowest advanced level or has equivalent competence or any other skill that is relevant with regard to the subject content of the employment and the duties that should be included in the employment.

The eligibility for employment as a teacher is given in Chapters 3 to 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg's employability scheme for teachers.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

- Documented experience in teaching at undergraduate level

- Demonstrated ability to lead workshops in creative writing

- Demonstrated interest in teaching in international or cross-cultural contexts

- Documented experience of working with literature in Arabic and Swedish contexts and with the transfer between them

- Fluency in Arabic

- Good communication skills in English, basic communication skills in Swedish

-A broad and relevant network


Particular importance will be paid to experience of writing in an Arabic and a Swedish context, pedagogical skills including demonstrated interest in workshop as a format for teaching creative writing and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Candidates for this position as adjunct teaching at this course are expected to have written and oral fluency in Arabic. The teaching practises will include workshops, seminars and lectures in English and candidates are expected to have good communication skills in English and a documented ability to make use of these pedagogic formats.

Candidates are expected to be able to evidence teaching experience in creative writing at undergraduate levels, especially in the form of workshops.

Candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of contemporary Arabic and Swedish literature and experience of working with the transfer of literary work between Swedish and Arabic.

Candidates are expected to have an ongoing literary practise and to be published authors.

Literary Composition at HDK-Valand has a reputation for excellence in teaching and artistic research.

We will primarily consider the candidate who, after a comprehensive assessment of documented qualifications and skills, is expected to have the best prerequisites for the position as adjunct.


Type of employment: Time-limited employment, 6 months

Scope: 30%

Location: HDK-Valand, Faculty of Fine art, Gothenburg

Start date: 1st of August, or as agreed

For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact Head of Film / Photo / Literary Composition Kalle Sanner


- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Märta Jakobsson, Human Resource Officer



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The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 210430

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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