Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
November 19, 2023
Oslo, Norway
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The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is affiliated with the research project “ARCREATE. An Archaeology of Creative Knowledge in Turbulent Times”, funded by the Research Council of Norway (project no. 334377) and led by Professor Per Ditlef Fredriksen.

The ARCREATE project offers a novel approach to understanding technological and social change during turbulent times in central and southern Africa. Archaeology’s grand narratives about Bantu migrations, largely derived from studies of ceramics, ignore the creative knowledges of the artisans who made ceramic objects that the archaeologists studied. ARCREATE works closely with local stakeholders to excavate these technological and sensorial knowledges and the networks that transmitted them across space and time. Cognisant of recent rethinking about key concepts like mobility, creativity, learning and households, ARCREATE highlights local agency in its investigation of technological knowledge, seeking to understand the social, conceptual, ecological and mineralogical factors that guided craftspeople’s choices of specific materials and techniques.

The postdoctoral candidate will be part of the project’s core team and will contribute to its main objectives together with the team. In collaboration with the PI the candidate will manage the project’s Work Package “WP2 Learning Lab”. A key component is the handling of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing techniques, and statistical analysis and visualization. WP2 Learning Lab explores landscape interaction at various scales and is responsible for the geoarchaeological infrastructure of the project: the archaeological and linguistic mapping of sites and their surrounding landscapes, including their ecology, geology and mineralogy, and maintaining the digital infrastructure needed for documentation and data collection in the project. The candidate should apply with their own project proposal and while open for the successful candidate to define, the proposed research project must be within the scope of WP2 Learning Lab and correspond with the overall framework of ARCREATE.

The position is available for a period of 3 years. There is a 10 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

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