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JOB: University of Bergen, PhD Fellowship, Digital Culture: Machine Vision in Narrative Fiction

University of Bergen

PhD Fellowship, Digital Culture: Machine Vision in Narrative Fiction

A PhD fellowship is available at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bergen from 1 January 2019. The position is part of the ERC project Machine Vision in Everyday LifePlayful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social Media. The position is for a fixed-term period of four years financed by the Faculty of Humanities.

About the project/work tasks

MACHINE VISION aims to develop a theory of how everyday machine vision (e.g. facial recognition algorithms, selfie filters, image manipulation, drone cameras and home surveillance systems) affects the way ordinary people understand themselves and their world. The PhD fellow will work with project leader Professor Jill Walker Rettberg to analyse fictional narratives, such as science fiction movies, novels, or electronic literature, that either use machine vision in their interfaces or where machine vision is an important theme. The successful applicant will work in a team with two other PhD fellows who will analyse machine vision in video games and digital art. Led by Professor Rettberg, the three fellows will map relevant artworks, games and narratives using digital humanities methodologies, and each fellow will then select key works for detailed analysis using methodologies based in literary or visual studies, ludology and other related disciplines.

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 436 500 gross p.a.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.


Learn more and apply here