Deadline: February 1, 2021
A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Slavic Studies is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.
Applicants are invited to submit a project proposal for a doctoral dissertation related to the following research topic: figurative language and its role in crisis understanding and management. The successful applicant is expected to examine the role and impact of verbal or multimodal figurative devices in precarious situations experienced by individuals and societies; that is, in situations of individual or collective threats and crises (e.g., climate change, environmental issues, humanitarian issues, pandemics, and/or socioeconomic distress). The topics dealt with may include the role of figurative language in creating crisis narratives, its impact on individual or collective understanding of crisis situations and coping with them, its impact on emotions and individual and collective decisions on how to act, and the impact of figurative language on individual and collective acceptance or rejection of certain measures.
The successful applicant must develop and present an independent subproject that lies within the scope of the parameters above. He or she is expected to address the effect of figurative language on people’s emotions, actions, and behavior, focusing on one or a few figurative devices. The empirical material examined may be verbal, multimodal, visual, or a combination of these. A comparative perspective (with at least one Slavic language or culture included) and proposals combining research methods (e.g., a discourse-analytical approach with focus groups, surveys, or psychological experiments) are encouraged.