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Postdoc in the area of World Literature: Genre Fiction, Global Crises, and the Future

The Department for the Study of Culture hereby announces a vacant 2-year postdoctoral position set to begin 1 September 2020.

Project proposals shall investigate the role contemporary literature plays in addressing the globalized crises that grip the popular imagination today. A key point of analysis shall involve the comparison of specific genres or novelistic forms as they appear in different national literatures. Critics have pointed to the growing popularity of climate fiction (or ‘cli-fi’), for example, as evidence of genre fiction rising to the occasion to address a number of complex yet pressing problems related to anthropogenic climate change. But critical attention so far has tended to focus on cases from the US and the UK. In this light, more work remains to be done to determine how the ‘turn to genre’ appears in different national contexts. This work is all the more essential given that the worst effects of global problems like climate change and precarity have been distributed unequally between the global north and the global south. 

- All candidates should demonstrate a publication record in the area of global or world literature and genre fiction (e.g. speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, etc.).

- Experience publishing in English on the subject of non-English literature is preferred. 

- A PhD in literature or equivalent relevant area required.  

- Candidates with demonstrated experience in applying a comparative methodology and innovative research in literature and sociology or genre theory encouraged to apply. 

- Once appointed, the postdoc is expected to contribute to collaborative work (in English) that may include co-authoring academic essays, co-organizing conferences or seminars, and contributing to an edited collection. 

The jobdescription will be mainly research, additionally will be teaching to a certain extent and other tasks to a limited extent. The university will determine the distribution between the various tasks. The extent of the tasks can vary over time.

Further information is available from the Head of Department Per Krogh Hansen at phone: 65501451, email or assistant professor Bryan Yazell at phone 65508714, email

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
Employment as Postdoc is temporary (max. 4 years). Employment stops automatically by the end of the period. An upgrade of pedagogical qualifications is not part of the position. Thus employment as Postdoc cannot stand alone as a qualification for later employment as associate professor/senior researcher.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).

To qualify for the position you must have completed a PhD-degree by the time of employment. 

An application must include:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file.

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.  We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.   The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying. 

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


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Deadline 2020-Apr-26

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