Johan Schimanski

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Phone +47 22854314
Room NT725
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

  • borders and literature
  • national identity in literature
  • postcolonialism
  • Arctic discourses
  • literature in Welsh
  • literary forgeries
  • science fiction
  • genre theory
  • literary museums

Courses taught

  • LIT1302 Western literature from 1700 to 1900, seminar (Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016)
  • LIT4300A / LIT4300B Literary theory: Borders, liminality, literature (Autumn 2014)
  • LIT3000 Specialization with bachelor paper: Fantastic literature and science fiction (Spring 2015)
  • EXFAC03-LIT / EXFAC03-EST Text and interpretation / Art and interpretation, Examen facultatum, lectures (Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016)
  • LIT4360A / LIT4360B Literary texts: Immigration Literature (Spring 2016)
  • LIT3000 Specialization with bachelor paper: The Literary Arctic (with Janicke S. Kaasa, Autumn 2016)
  • Due to duties as Head of Research, no teaching 2017-2021.


1963 born Stockholm

-1981 schools in England, Botswana, Zambia og Norway

1990 Magister degree in Comparative Literature, University of Oslo

1993 School of Criticism & Theory, Dartmouth College, USA

1994 visiting researcher at University of Wales Aberystwyth

1995, 1997 stand-in Associate Professor, University of Oslo

1997 Dr. art. degree, University of Oslo

1998-2014 Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Tromsø/UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø

2006 Visiting Professor of Border Studies, Centre for Border Studies, University of Glamorgan/Prifysgol Morganwg

2011 visiting researcher at Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis

2013 visiting researcher at Sogn og Fjordane University College

2014- Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oslo

2014-2016 visiting Professor of Comparative Literature, UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø

2016-2019 visiting Professor of Cultural Encounters, University of Eastern Finland

2017 guest researcher at the University of Vienna

2017-2020 Head of Research, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS), University of Oslo

Current Appointments

Co-leader "TRAUM - Transforming Author Museums" research project, Sogn og Fjordane University College in cooperation with the University of Oslo (Research Council of Norway, FRIPRO-programme, 2016-2019)

Leader “Temporalities and Subjectivities of Crossing: Contemporary Public Migration Narratives in Europe” workshop series, University of Oslo in cooperation with University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyväskäla og Dalarna University (NOS-HS, 2019-2021)

Member, editorial boards of Journal of Borderlands StudiesEyeCorner PressLiterary GeographiesFafnir: The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

Member, advisory board for ERC Starting Grant project Reel Borders (2021-2026).


Research group Living Together, ILOS, University of Oslo

Research group Migrations, Borders and Identities, ILOS, University of Oslo

Research group Border Poetics / Border Culture, UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø

Co-author Associate Professor Ulrike Spring, University of Oslo

Tags: Comparative Literature, Literature, Literary studies, Literary theory, Borders, National identity, Postcolonialism, Arctic, Welsh literature, Science Fiction, Literary museums, Migration literature, Migration, Research administration
Published Aug. 6, 2014 10:40 AM - Last modified Aug. 25, 2021 11:46 AM