Vacancy: Open post-doc position at Umeå University on political uses of the past

Application deadline: 7 May 2024

Position start: 1 September 2024

DIGSUM ( at Umeå University, Sweden is offering a fully funded post-doc position for two years..

The project (PastForward, is about political uses of the past in digital discourses about Nordic futures. It will study the use of the past in the digital campaign material and social media content of political parties in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland during the build-up to these countries’ most recent past elections. Its focus concerns which pasts Nordic political parties refer to in their communication, how they embed the past in visions of the future, and how they strategically employ the past to create a sense of collective identity and shared interest to connect with potential voters. The main objective of PastForward is to gain insights into the political uses of the past in the Nordic region to understand how futures are negotiated based on legitimacy claims derived from collective memories and histories. This is relevant because the inclusion or exclusion of specific groups and their pasts within the national imagined community can have an impact on the sense of belonging and representation and ultimately on social cohesion in Nordic societies. Therefore, the project not only researches the campaign communication to identify which references to the past are made and how the past is used to engage potential voters but also how this communication resonates in discourses among citizens, politicians, journalists, activists, and others responding on social media. You will work in our Digital Sociology group and in a consortium of Nordic academic partners.

As you will see in the call, proficiency in Nordic languages (particularly Finnish) is a merit, but note that it is not a definite requirement. Please direct any questions to

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