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Professorship in experience economy 1019895

The School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University invites applications for the position of professor in experience economy.
The position is based at the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C. 
The appointment is tenured and begins on June 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position
The position as professor in experience economy has a focus on developing approaches to the study of the roles of experiences and events in contemporary culture that are firmly embedded in a cultural studies tradition, and on developing research collaboration with external partners. The professorship is being advertised with a view to attracting an extremely talented applicant with a considerable international research record as well as teaching and supervision qualifications in the field. The successful applicant will play an important role in the ongoing development of innovative and internationally recognised research in experience economy and event culture at the department. Consequently, the successful applicant is expected to promote the status of research in experience economy and event culture not only at the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy but also more widely at the Faculty of Arts. In addition, she/he will be expected to contribute to and provide leadership in relation to tasks and responsibilities in Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
The successful applicant must have extensive, thoroughly documented international research experience at the highest level in contemporary experiences and events from a cultural studies perspective, and will be expected to develop new research projects with both internal and external partners and to energetically apply for and attain external research funding, including European funding. The successful applicant must provide a 3-5-year research plan and explain her/his vision for how she/he will contribute to the development of experience economy as a strategic research area for Aarhus University. This vision must contain a description of both local and international collaboration, as well as a description of how the School of Communication and Culture can benefit from this investment. Finally, we seek a candidate who is able to strengthen the collaboration with other national and international research institutions, as well as with other relevant disciplines.
Applicants are expected to be able to document significant teaching experience at the highest level and must be able to conduct research, teaching and supervision in relevant courses on the Master’s degree programme in experience economy as well as in cross-disciplinary humanities electives and profile courses at the BA and MA level and further and continuing education courses. In the teaching portfolio included with the application, the applicant must state her/his vision for the future development of the programme’s curriculum and strategies of teaching.
The successful applicant will also be expected to collaborate with regard to teaching and the development of courses in connection with other degree programmes offered by the School of Communication and Culture and the Faculty of Arts (e.g. Sustainable Heritage Management).
Talent development
The successful applicant must be able to contribute to the recruitment and supervision of PhD students, teach and develop PhD courses, and support the development of junior researchers.
Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to share their knowledge with the rest of society, involving (for instance) research collaboration with private- or public-sector companies and organisations or with civil society, as well as communicating their knowledge to the general public, as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants must be able to document
  • original and innovative research at the highest international level in the field of experience economy which has contributed to developments within the field
  • academic, peer-reviewed publications at the highest national and international level
  • significant teaching and supervision experience at all levels of university education in the relevant field
  • experience of active participation in national and international research collaboration
  • a successful record of accomplishment in research management and in attracting external research funding 
  • experience of research organisation and research administration
  • experience of knowledge exchange
  • experience of degree programme development
  • commitment to and experience of the recruitment and development of talent and teaching PhD courses 
The professor can expect to teach courses in both English and Danish (or another Scandinavian language). If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, she or he will be required to acquire sufficient Danish within two years of commencing the appointment to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis. Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.
Please note that applications which do not include documentation of publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.
Applications may be submitted in English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.
For further information about the position, please contact head of department Stefan Kjerkegaard on tel. +45 87163162, email:
Further information about applications and the appointment procedure is available from HR assistant Helle Sindal, email:
Scandinavian studies at Aarhus University
Scandinavian studies is one of the oldest and largest subjects taught at the Faculty of Arts and has Scandinavian language, literature, culture and media as its main areas. On the one hand, the teaching, research and knowledge exchange of the subject have a strong interest in (and close collaboration with) upper-secondary schools and others. On the other hand, the subject also has a long tradition and active practice of including and developing theories from across these main areas – and across the borders between subjects in general. Successful examples of this cross-disciplinary collaboration are educational initiatives such as the supplementary subjects in event culture and the Master’s degree programme in experience economy. The Master’s degree programme in experience economy is characterised by its focus on cultural analysis and on the multiple – and not only economic – forms of value created by experiences and events.
Research environment
In addition to the programme’s core focus on Scandinavian literature, culture, media and language, our researchers are currently working on topics such as contemporary media and culture analysis, the culture of the body, the culture of memory, globalisation and genre studies, studies of affect and death, studies on tourism and events and so on. Collaboration with research environments in Denmark and abroad plays a major role in our current work, and research in experience economy at the department has been especially focused on areas such as difficult heritage, regional development, affect, participatory cultures and ritualisation. Research in the field at the School of Communication and Culture is organised in the cultural transformations research programme.
Affiliated degree programmes
The largest degree programmes are the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Scandinavian languages and literature. There is also close collaboration with the supplementary subject in event culture, the Master’s degree programme in experience economy, the international Master’s and supplementary subject in Viking studies, which is taught in English, and the supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme in rhetoric (conducted in collaboration with the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric).
School of Communication and Culture
This subject is part of the School of Communication and Culture, the largest school at the Faculty of Arts, which forms a framework for research, teaching, talent development and knowledge exchange of international standard in the fields of Western European languages and culture, aesthetics, literature, information and media studies, linguistics and Scandinavian languages and literature. For a more detailed description of the school, please see
Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts was formed through the merger of the former main academic areas: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Theology and the Danish School of Education. The Faculty of Arts combines educational, theological and humanistic knowledge as part of Aarhus University’s activities in the fields of research, talent development, knowledge exchange and education. Further information

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

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