Research Assistant in the artistic research project Conviviality and Contamination


Ref REK 2021/252

About Malmö University

Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.


The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. The Faculty conducts postgraduate studies in the following subjects: Global Politics, Interaction Design, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Media and Communication Studies and Urban Studies. The Faculty hosts two of the university’s five research centres as well as four research platforms. Read more about the Faculty of Culture and Society here. 


The School of Arts and Communication (K3) has approximately 80 employees and 1000 full-time students. K3 attracts researchers in several different disciplines, from design and information technology to media, communication, culture and development. Research projects can involve anything from participatory design and physical computing to media, culture and social change. Much of the research is done in collaboration with external partners. Read More about the School of Arts and Communication here.


The Conviviality and Contamination research project is an experimental exploration of Conviviality (and Diversity) by means of Contamination. It involves literary writers and academic scholars with a strong South African affiliation and aims at producing a creative dialogue between the arts and the social sciences, with an emphasis on writing, literary and academic, but also on writing's convergence with bordering arts, i. e. visual art, architecture, music and film.

The first part of the project is to be carried out individually, by the principal investigator, Oscar Hemer. The second, collaborative part will be centered around two 'contamination workshops', at Malmö University and Bard College Berlin. This part of the project has a precedent in the ‘Conviviality at the Crossroads’ research network, which was formed in collaboration between Malmö University and Bard College Berlin and has continued under the aegis of the Rethinking Democracy (REDEM) research platform. Read more about REDEM here.

Work duties

The research assistant’s principal task will be to plan and coordinate the two main activities of the one-year research project; a seminar/workshop in Malmö, and a sequel seminar/workshop in Berlin (Bard College). Exact dates for these events remain to be decided. Coordination includes all practical arrangements (booking of tickets, accommodation, contact with participants, logistics during the events), but the research assistant is also expected to contribute to the process of artistic-academic exchange and be involved as co-editor of outcoming publications. The research assistant will also be responsible for documenting the process and maintaining a project website and other channels of information and public relations.


Specific requirements for this position:

The applicant must combine academic and artistic qualifications.

  • The academic requirement is a one-year MA degree in Anthropology, Creative Writing or other relevant subject in the Humanities or Social Sciences (e.g. Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Communication for Development, History of Ideas, Media and Communication Studies, Philosophy, Urban Studies).
  • The artistic requirement is documented skills in creative writing and/or other artistic production (film, music, visual art, architecture).
  • Fluency in English.
  • Computer skills and experience in website development or other means of online publication.

The following would be of benefit for the position:

  • Demonstrated specific interest in the subjects of the research project (conviviality, diversity, creolization, cultural, social and political identity).
  • Special knowledge about and acquaintance with the reality of South Africa.
  • Proficiency in Swedish and/or languages spoken in South Africa, other than English.
  • Experience in video/film production

In addition to formal competence, University's employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way. To be relevant for the position as Research Assistant, the applicant must be able to work independently and take great individual responsibility, yet be flexible and good at collaborating with others.

Further information

Annika Olsson, Head of Department, K3,, tel. +46-406657678

Oscar Hemer, Professor, Principal Investigator,, tel. +46-406657338

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You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than 1 February 2022. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of relevant degrees and certificates
  • Two examples of artistic production
  • A brief account on a maximum of one page, where you describe your experience, background and competence related to the applied position that makes you the most suitable candidate


This is a temporary full-time position for five months (August – December 2022).

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Malmö University applies individual salary setting.

Start date

1 August 2022.

Union representatives

SACO, Rebecka Johansson,  
OFR, Martin Reissner,  


We are looking forward to receiving your application!


You apply no later than 01/02/2022 by clicking the apply button.