IKOS PhD seminar: 'Situated Knowledges' in Museums and Cultural Heritage Studies

Are you studying towards a PhD with topics related to museums or cultural heritage? Are you interested in exploring how the concept of ‘Situated Knowledges’ (Haraway) plays out in your research?

The Centre for Museum Studies, IKOS, invites you to a two-day research workshop for PhDs on the theme of ‘Situated Knowledges’ in the fields of museum and cultural heritage studies.

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What does it mean to position oneself in conducting research and in writing research texts in the fields of museum and cultural heritage studies? How does the researcher’s position affect the object of study? And conversely, how does the subject/object of research act to position the researcher and the research? What do ‘situated knowledges’ mean and how do we account for them in our research? How does the researcher’s ethnic background, gender, class, disability, or political stance for instance, inform what we see, how we interpret it, and how we write about it?

These questions apply to any research endeavour, but for this PhD course we are particularly interested in how these issues play out in relation to research themes, methods and practices at the intersection of museum and cultural heritage studies. Therefore this PhD-course particularly addresses students who are writing their doctoral dissertations in these areas.

In the seminar we will critically discuss the concept of ‘situated knowledges’ (Haraway) and related contemporary issues, challenges and dilemmas in the museum and heritage fields. We will do so with the help of relevant literature and with reference to students’ own texts. The debates will be further contextualized and enriched by the presentations of invited keynote speakers: Ida Tolgensbakk, Senior Researcher, Centre for Welfare and Labour Research, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University; Bjørn Ola Tafjord, Professor at the Department of History and Religious Studies, University of Tromsø; and Jelena Porsanger, Associate Professor at Sámi University of Applied Sciences - Sámi allaskuvla / RiddoDuottarMuseat, Karasjok, in conversation with Honna Havas, Curator at the Skoltsamisk Museum, Neiden.

The course will be a combination of keynote lectures and in-depth discussion of students’ texts. In addition to a reading list, papers will be pre-circulated and commentators will be appointed to each student participant.

Who can apply? Max 15 PhD students writing on themes related to museums and cultural Heritage.

Conveners: Marzia Varutti, Line Esborg, Brita Brenna and Liisa-Rávná Finbog (all from Centre for Museum Studies, IKOS)


Deadline for registration to the PhD course: 1 October 2018.

  • The application (in English) should include a title, abstract (max 300 words), and a CV.

Deadline for complete papers: 31 October 2018.

  • The final submission will be a minimum 5-pages, maximum 10 pages, text reflecting on the theme of the seminar and how this plays out in the students’ own research. Students’ texts will be pre-circulated among all participants.

Please send your applications to: kari.andersen@ikos.uio.no.


No course fee. The course is free, but participants from outside Oslo will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Lunches and a dinner will be provided by organizers.

ECTS Points:

This PhD course will give 3 ECTS points for preparation (readings and draft of individual texts), participation in the debates, and commentary to other participants’ texts.

Reading list



Published Aug. 16, 2018 10:53 AM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2018 10:16 AM