Electronic literature jobs at the University of Bergen

ELO Co-founder and Board member, Scott Rettberg, sends word of 2 opportunities in Norway! (Note: Summer deadlines for applications.)

Two opportunities are now available at the University of Bergen’s Digital Culture program (http://www.uib.no/rg/digitalculture) for scholars of electronic literature.





For the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 years (or any single semester within that time frame), a Fulbright scholar position will be available at the University of Bergen. The scholar will take part in the teaching and research activities of the Digital Culture program and Digital Culture research group in the Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen. The scholar will be expected to teach three courses in digital culture and digital media aestheics over the course of the year (1.5 courses if a single semester) and to evaluate student work. This is equivalent to a 2/1 teaching load in the American system. Courses will run 13 teaching weeks, with two two-hour meetings per week. Courses will be lecture and seminar. Depending on needs and expertise, courses the scholar might teach include DIKULT103: Digital Genres: Digital Art, Electronic Literature and Computer Games; DIKULT105: Web Design; DIKULT203: Electronic Literature; DIKULT251: Critical Perspectives on Information Technologies and Society; DIKULT303: Digital Media Aesthetics; or DIKULT304: Graduate Seminar: Topics in Digital Culture. The scholar will also be expected to participate in and contribute to the biweekly meetings of the Digital Culture research group and to give one public lecture on a central topic of his/her research.

Fulbright scholarships are available to USA citizens residing in the USA. The position is open to a PhD with at least two years teaching experience, though candidates with another terminal degree in a relevant field, such an MFA in digital writing or an MLIS with a concentration in digital humanities, might also be considered.

Contact Scott Rettberg via the address on the catalog listing for further information. The application deadline for 2011-2012 August 1, 2010. A letter of invitation is recommended.


At the Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic studies there is a vacant position as postdoctoral fellow in digital culture, for a period of 20 months. The position is financed by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), as part of the project “Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice” (ELMCIP – http://elmcip.net).

A postdoctoral  position is a temporary appointment.  The term of employment for this position is 20 months, beginning in Fall 2010. It is not possible for any person to work under more than one temporary appointment for the same institution.

The position entails 75% work on the ELMCIP project and 25% independent research related to the indexing, archiving, and dissemination of born-digital literature. Work on ELMCIP will include the development of an online bibliography of works and contextual information about twentieth century and contemporary electronic literature. Working with researchers in the digital culture group, the postdoctoral fellow will have primary responsibility for developing the standards and information architecture of the knowledge base, for writing and contributing records to the database,and for editing and preparing materials contributed by other researchers.

Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education abroad, or have presented the dissertation for assessment by the closing date for applications.  It is a prerequisite that the dissertation has been approved before appointment is granted.

Additional information about the position is available by contacting:

Scott Rettberg, Associate Professor of Digital Culture (+47) 555 82264/ (scott dot rettberg at uib dot no)

Tentative salary info: Initial salaries at grade 57 (code 1352/pay framework 24.1) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 438,700 per year, about 51000 EUR/year; following ordinary meriting regulations (wage range 57-64). In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants a higher salary may be considered.

This position will be advertised on jobbnorge.no. The deadline for applications is June 7, 2010.