Karlstad University / The department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies

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We are now accepting applications for a senior lectureship in Cultural Studies with a specialisation in Art History and Visual Studies. Cultural Studies is offered as freestanding courses or as part of the Culture, Policy and Management Programme, in which it serves as the main field of study for the Degree of Bachelor. The programme is primarily focused on cultural policy, an independent policy area formed in the second half of the 1900s, concerned with culture as a sector. The programme also covers contemporary artistic and cultural expressions, as well as cultural heritage. Characteristic for the programme is collaboration with external partners from the cultural sector, as well as local and regional projects in collaboration with art and culture organisations. The research is tied to KuFo (the Research Group for Culture Studies), which is a prioritised research group at Karlstad University. Since 2019, Cultural Studies also offers master’s courses.

Cultural Studies also offers courses in Art History and Visual Studies as well as the History of Ideas, either as programme specialisations or freestanding courses. We are looking for a senior lecturer with expertise in Art History and Visual Studies, more specifically expertise related to cultural heritage, cultural policy the contemporary cultural sector.


The position comprises three main duties.

The first main duty consists of supervision and teaching bachelor’s and master’s courses. Course coordination and programme leadership may also be required. You will have significant responsibility for both the bachelor's course in Art History and Visual Studies and for relevant cultural policy modules in the Culture, Policy and Management Programme, as well as master’s level courses related to cultural studies. The language of instruction is primarily Swedish.

The second main duty is conducting research. You are expected to actively apply for external funding, as well as publications in both national and international forums.

The third main duty consists of contributing to the development of the development of the subject, as well as collaboration with external partners from the cultural sector. You will also cooperate with Cultural Studies teachers specialised in Art History and Visual Studies, as well as other teachers involved in the Culture, Policy and Management Programme and teachers specialised in the History of Ideas.

To contribute to a positive work environment and further the department’s activities, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for employment as senior lecturer in Cultural Studies with a specialisation in Art History and Visual Studies. Applicants are required to hold a PhD in Art History or Art History and Visual Studies or equivalent qualifications deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein. Demonstrated teaching expertise is also required.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties required, as well as a completed course in higher education pedagogy. Candidates who have not completed a course in higher education pedagogy may still be hired, provided that they use the time allotted to continual professional development to complete the required course within two years of employment, or apply for validation of prior learning.

For other eligibility requirements, please refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure: https://www.kau.se/files/2022-02/Anstallningsordning201126.pdf

Assessment criteria

In the assessment, equal weight will be given to teaching expertise and research expertise.

Special weight will be given to:

  • Research experience in art history and cultural studies or cultural policy, as well as high potential regarding future academic activities, based on quality rather than quantity.
  • Experience in teaching art history and cultural studies, or cultural policy.
  • Expertise in contemporary culture and cultural heritage, relevant for educating students in cultural studies.
  • The applicant’s expertise in cultural studies could stem from academic work (research/teaching) or by work experience within the cultural sector (for example working at a museum or as an analyst, expert, coordinator, politician, or administrator).
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Swedish, as well as the ability to teach in Swedish.

Considerable weight will be given to:

  • The ability to communicate with the wider community, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in education.
  • Previous experience collaborating with actors in the cultural sector.
  • Administrative experience
  • Personal qualities such as taking initiative and the ability to cooperate and build positive relationships with colleagues and students.
  • Being physically present at the workplace and participating in both the subject’s and the department’s activities.


The appointment is a permanent position, comprising 70-100% of full-time. Start date in 2023, as per agreement. A probationary period may be required.


Tonje Grahn, Head of Department 0046 (0)54-700 1433
Margareta Wallin Wictorin, Director of Studies for Culture Studies, reader in Art History and Visual Studies, 0046 (0)54 – 700 13 82


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, refer to “What should be included with my application?”
Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • a cover letter
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience, including an account of your teaching philosophy and professional approach is described, in relation to knowledge, learning, teaching and interaction with students. You should also account for any specific qualifications related to 1) art history and visual studies and 2) cultural studies in terms of contemporary culture as a sector, cultural heritage and cultural policy.
  • certificate to verify a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills.
  • an in-depth account of research experience, as well as plans for future work. This account shall include a description of the approach of your previous and planned future research to art history, culture studies, cultural heritage, the contemporary cultural sector or cultural policy.
  • an account of work experience in the cultural sector
  • an account of other experiences
  • an account of managerial and administrative experience
  • an account of collaborations, experience in international networks, employment, etc.
  • Language skills certificates
  • copies of course transcripts, degree certificates, and other certificates
  • a list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • no more than 10 scientific publications and no more than 5 materials intended to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, computer programs for teaching, or popular science articles
  • two references, at least one of which is a current or former supervisor

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to the following address:

Karlstads universitet
Josefin Rönnqvist

State the reference no: REK2022/170

Application deadline August 21, 2022

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Part-time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 70-100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/170
  • Tonje Grahn, prefekt, +46(0)547001433
  • Margareta Wallin Wictorin, stud.rekt kulturstudier, +46(0)547001382
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-7001404
Published 14.Jun.2022
Last application date 23.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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