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1 Fully-funded PhD Position in Political History and Scandinavian Studies at the Department of Language and Literature, NTNU

The Department of Language and Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year PhD position within the project “Conservatism at the Crossroads: Conservative thought and the renewal of democratic politics in Britain and Scandinavia, 1930-1963”, beginning in August 2018.

The project examines the historical and contemporary significance of external thinking on British and Scandinavian Conservative parties in the period 1930-1963. It combines comparative and transnational approaches to throw new light on the development of intellectual cultures of Conservatism in these countries. In doing so, it re-evaluates Conservative responses to the challenges of the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the rise of Labour or social democratic politics in this period.

The PhD candidate will contribute towards the main project by analysing the development of Conservative ideas and politics in Norway from comparative and transnational perspectives. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the PhD candidate will work closely with Associate Professor Gary Love at NTNU ( The PhD candidate will also work as part of a research team of four historians, which includes Professor Torbjörn Nilsson (Södertörn University, Sweden).

The Department of Language and Literature is part of the Faculty of Humanities, situated at NTNU’s Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The Department has more than 80 permanent academic staff and approximately 25 PhD candidates who teach and conduct research in areas such as Comparative Literature, Applied Linguistics, English, French, German, Scandinavian languages and literature, General Linguistics, Sign Language and Interpretation, Phonetics, and Cultural History. The Department of Language and Literature offers studies on all levels from BA to PhD, and we are responsible for the MA in Language Studies with Teacher Education.  The department has a vital research environment and is responsible for several large-scale research projects. Further information concerning the academic profile of the department, management and staff can be found at .

The application deadline is 01.02.2018.