10 Ph.D. positions in the digital humanities (deadline March 31, 2014)

The Faculty of Arts at Umeå University has advertised a total of 25 Ph.D. positions. At least ten of these positions have a digital humanities inflection. They are based on a double affiliation model, where the candidate is primarily based at a department and discipline with a secondary affiliation to HUMlab.

The digital humanities positions are within the following disciplines:

  • Educational Work with a focus on Art Education, Music, Dance or Sloyd (3 PhD students, 2 DH).
  • English Literature (1 PhD student)
  • English, General, Russian or Scandinavian Linguistics (1 DH PhD student).
  • Environmental Archaeology, with Digital Humanities orientation (1 PhD student).
  • Environmental Archaeology within the MOBIMA–Mobile Imaging in Archaeology (1 PhD student).
  • Ethnology with Digital Humanities orientation (1 PhD student).
  • History with Digital Humanities orientation (1 PhD student)
  • History of Science and Ideas with Digital Humanities orientation(1 PhD student).
  • Media and Communication Studies -specializing in Digital Humanities or Media History or Streaming Media (3 PhD students).
  • Religious Studies with a focus on didactics with Digital Humanities orientation (1 PhD student).
  • Sami Studies(at least 1 DH)

Here is a link to the formal announcement with links to the departments and the departmental information. Please contact the listed people if you do not find enough information in English. Deadline for applications: March 31, 2014.

The positions are full-time, salaried positions based at departments and disciplines across the humanities. It is essentially like having a proper job, although time limited for four years. The position can be extended to five years depending on teaching and other extra-Ph.D. work (this is normally not a requirement though). Candidates are expected to be active in the intellectual milieu and contribute to their department and HUMlab.


About HUMlab: HUMlab is a meeting place for the humanities, culture and information technology. We offer an intellectual and technological environment that is characterized by openness, passionate engagement, intellectual sharpness, generosity and international reach. We support individual-scholar work as well as large collaborative projects, and we bring together a diverse group of individuals. The infrastructure includes an 11-screen humanistic screenscape, a very large floor screen, a critical making lab, development servers, seminar tables and a beautiful oriental rug. Read more about HUMlab here. An example of recent event: Digital gender workshop. Here is some further context on HUMlab (a text I wrote some time ago in relation to another call). Also feel free to check our seminar stream archive. Two example projects: Media Places and the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database.


Umeå University, the Faculty of Arts, the disciplines and HUMlab are investing in the intersection of disciplinary knowledge and the digital humanities (read: the digital humanities). Among other things, there is a new chair in media studies with a focus on the digital humanities (held by Pelle Snickars). Read about Pelle Snickars (the former head of research at the National Library).  Another new recruitment is ancient historian Anna Foka –  read an interview with her too.

Come and join us!

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