Home
Faculty of Humanities

Externally funded research projects

Here we present some of the research projects at the Faculty of Humanities, primarily larger, ongoing projects with external funding.

I arkivet
Photo:
Eivind Senneset

Research projects with external funding at the Faculty of Humanities.

European Framework Programme (Horizon 2020)

European Research Council  (ERC)

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

Projects funded by ERC:

Jill Walker Rettberg  |  Machine Vision  |  Consolidator Grant

  • Project Manager: Professor in Digital Culture, Jill Walker Rettberg
  • Project: MACHINE VISION – Machine Vision in Everyday Life: Playful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social Media
  • The aim of the project is to explore explores how new algorithmic images are affecting us as a society and as individuals.
  • Project period: 2018–2023
  • See project page

The Consolidator Grant is awarded by ERC to researchers with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal.

Scott Bremer  |  CALENDARS  |  Starting Grant

  • Project Manager: Researcher Scott Bremer
  • Project: CALENDARS – Co-production of seasonal representations for adaptive institutions
  • The project will empirically explore the relationship between different institutions’ ideas of seasons and their successful adaptation through an in-depth comparative study in two local communities in Norway and New Zealand.
  • Project period: 2019–2024
  • See project page

The Starting Grant is awarded by ERC to researches with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers - be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers - and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

Projects funded by MSCA:

Arnald Puy Maeso  |  SIZE  |  Global fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow Arnald Puy Maeso
  • Project: SIZE – The role of size in the sustainability of irrigation systems
  • The project aims at assessing the risks and benefits of promoting "large" and "small" irrigation systems through dynamic models and uncertainty/sensitivity analysis.
  • Supervisor: Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, Andrea Saltelli
  • Project period: 2019–2022
  • See project page

Global Fellowships fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries. The researcher has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries. Last between two and three years.

Claus Hallberg  |  FEMSAG  |  Global fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow, Claus Halberg
  • Project: FEMSAG – Feminist theory after sex and gender: The nature-nurture complex in contemporary feminism reconsidered in light of the Developmental Systems Theory approach to the philosophy of biology
  • The project seeks to develop conceptual tools with which to address nature-nurture issues pivotal to the current philosophy, science and politics of sex and gender.
  • Supervisor: Professor Christine M. Jacobsen 
  • Project period: 2017–2020
  • See project page

Global Fellowships fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries. The researcher has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries. Last between two and three years.

Álvaro Seiça  | ARTDEL  |  Global fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow in Digital Culture, Álvaro Seiça
  • Project: ARTDEL - The Art of Deleting: A Study of Erasure Poetry, Practices of Control, Surveillance, and Censorship
  • Álvaro Seiça er en Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow ved Universitetet i Bergen, University of California, Los Angeles og Universidade de Coimbra, hvor han undersøker den poesikken og politikken av sletting innen det EU-finansierte prosjektet ARTDEL: The Art of Deleting.
  • Supervisor: Professor in Digital Culture, Jill Walker Rettberg
  • Project period: 2018–2021

Global Fellowships fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries. The researcher has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries. Last between two and three years.

Jan Kozak  |  SYMBODIN  |  European fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow in Old Norse, Jan Kozac
  • Project: SYMBODIN – The Symbolism of the Body in Northern Europe. Cognitive Metaphors and Old Norse Myth from the Viking Age to Late Medieval Times 
  • The aim of the research is to investigate the integrative function of bodily metaphors in ancient Norse literature and culture.
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor in Old Norse, Jens Eike Schnall
  • Project period: 2018–2020

European Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world. Last between two and three years.

Benjamin Martin  |  EPILOG  |  European fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy, Ben Martin
  • Project: EPILOG – The Unknown Science: Understanding the Epistemology of Logic through  
  • The project brings together broad fields of Martin's research expertise: solutions to self-referential paradoxes and logical epistemology.
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor in Philosophy, Ole Hjortland
  • Project period: 2017–2020
  • See project page

European Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world. Last between two and three years.

Sofie Laurine Albris  |  ARCNAMES  |  European fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow in Archaeology, Sofie Laurine Albris
  • Project: ARCNAMES – Individuals, social identities and archetypes – the oldest Scandinavian personal names in an archaeological light 
  • The project sets out to investigate the oldest Scandinavian personal names from an archaeological perspective.
  • Supervisor: 
  • Project period: 2019–2021
  • See project page

European Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world. Last between two and three years.

Maud Ceuterick  |  AFFIRMATIVE  |  European fellowship

  • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow Maud Ceuterick
  • Project: AFFIRMATIVE – Affirmative Post-Cinema: Narrative and Aesthetic Responses to Gender and Power
  • The project will look at how post-cinematic art counteracts and aims to change current gender norms through affirmative narratives and aesthetics.
  • Supervisor: Professor in Digital Culture, Jill Walker Rettberg
  • Project period: 2018–2020
  • See project page

European Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world. Last between two and three years.


The Research Council of Norway (NFR)

The Research Council works to promote research and innovation of high quality and relevance and to generate knowledge in priority areas to enable Norway to deal with key challenges to society and the business sector.

Projects funded by NFR:

Christopher Henshilwood  |  SapienCE  |  Centre of Excellence (SFF)

  • Project Manager: Professor in Archaeology Christopher Henshilwood
  • Project: SAPIENCE – Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour
  • International researchers from a variety of disciplines are researching how modern man originated and evolved 100,000 to 50,000 years ago.
  • Project period: 2017–2027
  • See project page

The SFF scheme gives Norway’s best researchers the opportunity to organise their research activities in centres that seek to achieve ambitious scientific objectives through collaboration and with long-term basic funding. The research conducted at the centres must be innovative and have major potential to generate ground-breaking results that advance the international research frontier. 

Margery Vibe Skagen  |  Historicizing the ageing self  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Associate Professor in French Literature, Margery Vibe Skagen
  • Project: Historicizing the ageing self: Literature, medicine, psychology, law 
  • Changes in cultural and scientific views of old age will be studied in literary, medical and legal texts.
  • Project period: 2016–2021
  • See project page

The Programme for Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL) provides funding for research on cultural prerequisites for societal development and societal challenges. The programme’s objective is to expand the knowledge base and better equip society to address major societal challenges. 

Frode Helmich Pedersen  |  A Narratology of Criminal Cases  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Associate Professor in Scandinavian Literature, Frode Helmich Pedersen
  • Project: A Narratology of Criminal Cases
  • The project’s principal aim is to gain a better understanding of the way stories work within the Norwegian legal system through narratological theory and analyses.
  • Project period: 2016–2021
  • See project page

The Programme for Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL) provides funding for research on cultural prerequisites for societal development and societal challenges. The programme’s objective is to expand the knowledge base and better equip society to address major societal challenges. 

Christine M. Jacobsen  |  WAIT  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Professor in Social Anthropology, Christine M. Jacobsen
  • Project: WAIT – Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration 
  • The project uses theories of temporality and the concept of 'waitinghood' as tools for producing new and critical insights into the cultural conditions and implications of migration.
  • Project period: 2016–2021
  • See project page

The Programme for Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL) provides funding for research on cultural prerequisites for societal development and societal challenges. The programme’s objective is to expand the knowledge base and better equip society to address major societal challenges. 

Kyrre Kverndokk  |  The future is now  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Professor in Cultural Studies, Kyrre Kverndokk
  • Project: The Future is Now: Temporality and Exemplarity in Climate Change Discourses 
  • This project will examine understandings of multiple temporalities in climate change discourses within vernacular culture, media culture and climate research.
  • Project period: 2017–2021
  • See project page

The KLIMAFORSK programme provides funding for research on societal transformation in response to climate change. Research activities are to enhance basic understanding of natural variability and human influence on the climate system, the impacts of climate change on nature and society, climate change adaptation, and instruments and measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Kjersti Fløttum  |  CLIMLIFE  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Professor in French Language, Kjersti Fløttum
  • Project: Living with climate change: motivation and action for lifestyle change
  • The project investigates how people relate the political and existential challenges of climate change to their normal, day-to-day life choices.
  • Project period: 2020–2023

The KLIMAFORSK programme provides funding for research on societal transformation in response to climate change. Research activities are to enhance basic understanding of natural variability and human influence on the climate system, the impacts of climate change on nature and society, climate change adaptation, and instruments and measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mimi Lam  |  MENSA  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Postdoktor Mimi Lam
  • Project: MENSA – Managing Ethical Norwegian Seascape Activities 
  • The project aims to develop an integrated ethical approach to the sustainable management of Norwegian seascape activities.
  • Supervisor:
  • Project period: 2020–2024
  • See project page

The MARINFORSK programme provides funding for research on the marine environment and seeks to generate knowledge about ecosystems in ocean and coastal areas and the impact of pressures from human activity. Research activities are to strengthen the basis for sustainable management and value creation based on marine resources and other ecosystem services.

Sorin Bangu  |  Mathematics with a Human Face  |  Researcher Project

  • Project Manager: Professor in Philosophy, Sorin Bangu
  • Project: Mathematics with a Human Face: Set Theory within a Naturalized Wittgensteinean Framework
  • The project investigates the reasons why concepts such as ‘set’ and ‘number’ have remained philosophically obscure – nobody really knows what these things are – despite the immense success of mathematics over centuries.
  • Project period: 2019–2023 
  • See project page

The funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO) is an open, national, competitive arena that provides funding for basic, ground-breaking projects in all fields of research. The project ideas originate with the researchers themselves.​​​​​​​

Synnøve Myking  |  FLANDRIA  |  Researcher Project with international mobility

  • Project Manager: Post Doctor, Synnøve Myking
  • Project: Flanders, Norway, and Denmark: Relations and Intertextual Exchanges in the High Middle Ages (ca. 1080-1383)
  • The project examines the contact between Flanders, Norway, and Denmark in the High Middle Ages, and how this contact influenced Scandinavian manuscript culture. The project studies Norwegian and Danish manuscript material, focussing on fragments.
  • Project period: 2020–2023 

The purpose is to promote international mobility and career development among researchers early in their careers, and to contribute to knowledge transfer to Norwegian research environments. Postdoctoral researchers will spend two years at a foreign research organization and the third year at a Norwegian research organization.

Kari Kinn  |  Norwegian across the Americas  |  Researcher Project for Young Talents

  • Project Manager: Associate Professor in Norwegian Language, Kari Kinn
  • Project: Norwegian across the Americas
  • The project investigates the Norwegian language as spoken across the Americas – and how it has developed over generations.
  • Project period: 2020–2024
  • See project page

Researcher Project for Young Talents is intended to give talented young researchers under the age of 40 in all disciplines and research areas the opportunity to pursue their own research ideas and lead a research project. This call is targeted towards researchers in the early stages of their careers, 2–7 years after defence of an approved doctorate, who have demonstrated the potential to conduct research of high scientific quality.

Ole Hjortland  |  Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic  |  Researcher Project for Young Talents

  • Project Manager: Associate Professor in Philosophy, Ole Hjortland
  • Project: Anti-Exceptionalism About Logic
  • The project will develop a new method for identifying argumentative standards. This method is called Anti-Exceptionalism.
  • Project period: 2016–2020
  • See project page

Researcher Project for Young Talents is intended to give talented young researchers under the age of 40 in all disciplines and research areas the opportunity to pursue their own research ideas and lead a research project. This call is targeted towards researchers in the early stages of their careers, 2–7 years after defence of an approved doctorate, who have demonstrated the potential to conduct research of high scientific quality.

Laura Seatveit Miles  |  St. Birgitta of Sweden |  Researcher Project for Young Talents

  • Project Manager: Associate Professor in English Literature, Laura Saetveit Miles 
  • Project: Re-assessing St. Birgitta of Sweden and her Revelations in Medieval England: Circulation and Influence, 1380–1530 
  • A research project on Sancta Birgitta of Sweden and her revelations in medieval England, reassessments of their circulation and influence between 1380-1530.
  • Project period: 2019–2023
  • See project page

​​​​​​​Researcher Project for Young Talents​​​​​​​ is intended to give talented young researchers under the age of 40 in all disciplines and research areas the opportunity to pursue their own research ideas and lead a research project. This call is targeted towards researchers in the early stages of their careers, 2–7 years after defence of an approved doctorate, who have demonstrated the potential to conduct research of high scientific quality.​​​​​​​

Koenraad De Smedt  |  CLARINO  |  INFRASTRUKTUR

  • Project Manager: Professor in Computational Linguistics, Koenraad De Smedt
  • Project: Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure Norway
  • The project aim is to make existing and future language resources easily accessible for researchers and to bring eScience to humanities disciplines.
  • Project period: 2012–2021
  • See project page

The National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure seeks to build up relevant, up-to-date infrastructure that is accessible to the Norwegian research community and trade and industry. New infrastructure contributes to research and innovation at the international forefront in areas of importance for Norwegian society​​​​​​​.

     

      Trond Mohn Foundation (TMS)

      Trond Mohn Foundation gives grants towards research and research supporting activities at the University of Bergen (UiB) and Haukeland University Hospital (HUS) , and other Norwegian research institutions who cooperate with institutions in Bergen. The foundation also gives grants to support translational research at UiB and HUS.

      Projects funded by TMS:

      Michael Baumgartner  |  Coincidence Analysis  |  The Toppforsk programme

      • Project Manager: Professor in Philosophy, Michael Baumgartner
      • Michael Baumgartner has developed a method that finds answers to complex questions in all fields, called "Coincidence Analysis" (CA).. It is a method that measures the interaction between different causes and identifies the role they play in complex causal structures.
      • Project period: 2017–2021
      • See project page

      With the support of the Trond Mohn Foundation, the University of Bergen has recruited five international top researchers to strengthen leading research environments. By providing top researchers with excellent conditions and administrative support, the collaboration has strengthened UiB in the international competition for outstanding researchers. 

      Helen F. Leslie-Jacobsen  |  Transformations of Medieval Law  |  Starting Grant

      • Project Manager: Researcher in Medieval Philology, Helen F. Leslie-Jacobsen
      • Project: Transformations of Medieval Law: Innovation and Application in Early Modern Norwegian Law Books 
      • The project explores how medieval and Early Modern law books in Norway and Iceland reflect the legal and cultural contexts in which they were written and compiled.
      • Project period: 2018–2021
      • See project page

      The TMS Starting Grant is the foundation's "flagship", a recruitment program that has helped recruit outstanding researchers from around the world to the University of Bergen since 2005.

      Eirik Hovden  |  How does Islamic law change?  |  Starting Grant

      • Project Manager: Postdoctoral fellow Eirik Hovden
      • Project: How does Islamic law Change? Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts (CanCode)
      • The project will study processes of change in islamic legal texts by starting with two terms, or concepts: "Canonization" and "Codification".
      • Project period: 2020–2024

      The TMS Starting Grant is the foundation's "flagship", a recruitment program that has helped recruit outstanding researchers from around the world to the University of Bergen since 2005.