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The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (abbreviated IKOS from its Norwegian name) is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities. The Department has a broad competency in the study of religion and culture and in language based area studies of South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. The Department has study programmes at both BA and MA levels. Among the Department's 110 employees about 40 are PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows.
Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within "Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives"


A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) within the research project “Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives: Ritual Intersections and the Proscription of Religious Offense” (CosmAlt) ( The Fellowship is funded by The Research Council of Norway, and the post-doctoral research fellowship period is for two years.

The successful candidate will join the collaborative effort to address the role of ritual intersections and the law in safeguarding India as a multi-faith society and to augment the visibility of Indian case material in international academic debates on plural societies and cosmopolitanism.

The Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives project has been running for over two years, and so far most of its research consists of in-depth analyses of ritual spaces, people and communities that defy official religious boundaries. At this stage we are particularly interested in a candidate who can complement the ongoing studies by turning more explicit attention to the role of law. The proposed project may for instance address the role of legal proscription of derogatory speech or insults to religious sentiments, analyze the emergent regulation of public expressions in new media or follow cases in which uneasy conviviality unfolds into transgressions that appear to fall outside the realm of law, such as in contemporary gastropolitics. Other suggestions are also welcome as long as they hold clear relevance to the overall project.  

Applicants are expected to present a research project closely connected to the main project. Please contact Project Leader Kathinka Frøystad, for a more detailed description of the main project.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in all joint project activities as well as in relevant research activities at the department, including the Transgressions project ( The candidate is expected to stay in Oslo for the duration of the fellowship, except during data collection and external conference participation.


  • PhD with a specialization in South Asian studies or other relevant disciplines within the humanities and social sciences
  • In-depth knowledge of India and preferably field experience from the country
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted and approved by the evaluation committee before the application deadline.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The proposed project’s scientific merit, relevance and originality
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and contribute to the CosmAlt project
  • Good co-operative skills and ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.

We offer

  • Salary level per year: NOK  486 100 - 567 100, depending on level of expertise
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form, preferably in pdf-format:

  • application letter
  • project proposal, including a detailed progress plan (up to 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
  • summary of PhD dissertation (up to 5 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed
  • List of publications
  • Transcript of records of PhD and Master’s degrees; foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or on Skype.

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 13 March 2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • August 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/1486