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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Afrodiasporic Literature and Music - University of Oslo

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, at the University of Oslo. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is associated with the research project “Word, Sound and Power: The Lyrical Making of African Diaspora Futures”, 334606. [Link to website] The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to the main project.

The research project Word, Sound, and Power: The Lyrical Making of the African Diaspora examines the ways writers and performers in the Anglophone African Diaspora have explored and reconfigured the relationships between music, literature, and futurity across the long 20th century. The project investigates how literary and musical artists from the African Diaspora/Black Diaspora have questioned distinctions between music and literature in ways that are forward-thinking, futuristic, and/or avant-garde. Word, Sound, and Power uses an interdisciplinary methodology that combines perspectives from literary studies, musicology, cultural studies, and related fields.

Word, Sound and Power takes a comparative approach to literary-musical experiments from the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe, looking at texts and performances from across the long 20th Century in order to arrive at new ways of understanding diasporic futures. The project’s theoretical ambition is to develop and augment research on “Afrofuturism” by both historicizing the term and by looking closely at a broad array of imaginary futures produced across the African Diaspora. Word, Sound and Power also wishes to develop a sharper and more thorough understanding of the impact of African diasporic practices on expanded conceptions of “literature” and the “literary”, and of the ways in which these practices trade upon the complex entanglements of the aesthetic and the political at work in the cultural formations out of which they emerge. 

Start date flexible.

For more information go to https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/241343/postdoctoral-research-fellowship-in-afrodiasporic-literature-and-music