Doctoral Research Fellowship in Literature and Culture in the Spanish-speaking World




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NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications.

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A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in the field of Literature and Culture in the Spanish-speaking World is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS), University of Oslo.

The study of cultural relations on an international scale tends to focus on the center-periphery dynamics that connect cultural management centers (Paris, Barcelona, New York) with the (ex-)colonies.  Little attention has been paid to multipolar, decentralized or alternative flows outside the channels established by the hegemonic publishing industry. In this sense, the cultural and literary relations between Latin America and China have not been sufficiently studied either.

The position is opened for doctoral research projects focused on the literary and intellectual traffic between Latin America and China, preferably with regard to the framework established by the early Cold War, from the foundation of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong until the Cultural Revolution. Research proposals that have as their object of analysis both textual (novels, memoirs, letters, poetry, translations, travel literature, etc.) and extratextual (intellectual networks, editorial policies, friendship clubs, cultural translation strategies, circulation of ideas, etc.) phenomena are of interest. The candidate must show competence in working with bibliographic and archival material in both Chinese and Spanish and, depending on the project, Portuguese.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. 

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.


  • A Master's degree or equivalent in a humanistic discipline, preferably philology, cultural studies or translation studies. The Master’s degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in Chinese and Spanish.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

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