Reinert Vikjord Skumsnes

Postdoctoral Fellow - Centre for Gender Research
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Research profile

Reinert Skumsnes is Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo. He is trained as a teacher and historian, but specialise in interdisciplinary research, between egyptology, critical and new materialist (feminist/philosophical/anthropological) theory. He has also worked as an archivist and field archaeologist for Ancient Egypt Research Associates and the Amarna Project. Skumsnes has been chairman of the Norwegian Society of Egyptologists, co-chairman of the Nordic Association of Feminist and Gender Research and deputy chairman of the Norwegian Association for Gender Research.

Skumsnes’ research focuses on social history, through the lens of family and gender, with New Kingdom Egypt (1500-1000 BCE) as his speciality. He has a particular eye to alternative practices as manifest in the manifold often contradicting expressions of family and gender, from the highly normative monumental remains to the more ephemeral non-literary texts, but also theoretical and methodological questions beyond the scope of New Kingdom Egypt. He is concerned with relational encounters, between spatially and temporally fractal positions, perspectives and records, which includes the significance of material, genre, purpose and context of specific records, the selection of records, as well as the questions and perspectives of the interpreter.

Skumsnes currently holds a 3-year international mobility grant from the Research council of Norway, for the Postdoctoral project Egyptology, feminist theory and alternative worlds: Body/sex/gender in New Kingdom Egypt, and their affective environments. This project is a continuation of his PhD, but with intensified attention to the interdisciplinary potential between egyptology and feminist theory, between the body/sex/gender divide (present theory) and the empirical material (past practice).


Teaching experience


    • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Oslo, 2020-2023
    • Senior Executive Officer, University of Oslo, 2018-2020
    • PhD in Gender/Cultural Studies/Egyptology, University of Oslo, 2014-2018
    • Post-graduate qualifications in Egyptology, The American University in Cairo, 2009, 2011
    • Master of Arts in History/Egyptology, University of Bergen, 2007-2009
    • Bachelor of Arts in History and Culture, University of Bergen, 2005-2007
    • Advanced degree in Teaching, Stord/Haugesund University College, 2002-2005

    Committees and Memberships

    Tags: Body, Sex, Gender, Family, Egyptology, History, Feminist theory, Anthropological theory


    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2020). Patterns of change and disclosures of difference: the feminine element as medium of transformation in New Kingdom tomb representations. In Mæhle, Ingvar B.; Ravnå, Per Bjarne & Seland, Eivind Heldaas (Ed.), Methods and models in ancient history. Essays in honor of Jørgen Christian Meyer. Norwegian Institute at Athens. ISSN 9786188490307. p. 111–127. Full text in Research Archive
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2019). Kvindesymbolik i thebanske privatgrave. Papyrus Tidsskrift for Dansk Ægyptologisk Selskab. ISSN 0903-4714. 39(1), p. 24–31.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert & Bettum, Anders (2015). Solas rike - ikkje berre palass og tempel. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0332-8937. 127, p. 17–39. Full text in Research Archive
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2015). Frå sorg til fest : musikk og ritual i det gamle Egypt. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7005. 27(1), p. 51–61. Full text in Research Archive
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2014). Familien i det gamle Egypt. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0802-7005. p. 3–11. Full text in Research Archive
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2013). Kongelige kvinner og kongemakt under Det gamle riket. Ostrakon. ISSN 1893-5303. 5-6, p. 13–28.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2011). Adopsjon, arv og testamente i Deir el-Medina. Ostrakon. ISSN 1893-5303. 3, p. 25–31.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2010). Kjønnsroller i det gamle Egypt. Fortid. ISSN 1504-1913. 1, p. 75–79.

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    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2021). Hvorfor studere historie og kjønn?
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2021). Patterns of change and disclosures of difference. Family and gender in New Kingdom Egypt: titles of non-royal women.
    • Dietrichson, Susanne & Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2021). – Kvinnedagen er fortsatt viktig. [Internet]. Kilden
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2021). Historical bodies in alternative worlds.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2021). Hva er kjønnsforskning?
    • Klitgård, Mathias; Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord; Stubberud, Elisabeth; Averin, Ro; Skjelsbæk, Inger & Losleben, Katrin [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2021). Hvordan fremme et nasjonalt fagfelt? I.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2020). Exceptions to the rule? The women of Medinet Habu.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2020). Et glimrende utgangspunkt. Dagsavisen. ISSN 1503-2892.
    • Holter, Øystein Gullvåg & Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2020). Holter, Øystein Gullvåg 2020: Generasjonsskiftet i kjønnsforskningen fortsetter med Øystein Gullvåg Holter som nyslått emeritus (intervju ved Reinert Skumsnes). STK/UiO 25.3.20. Jfr .
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2019). The change in reference to ’his wife’ from Hmt.f to snt.f, and the feminine element in New Kingdom tombs .
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord & Dietrichson, Susanne (2018). Forsker på kjønnsroller i det gamle Egypt. [Internet]. Kilden
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord & Dietrichson, Susanne (2017). Humaniora evaluert: Høyt nivå, men bør bli mer samfunnsnyttig. [Internet]. Kilden
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord & Korsvik, Trine Rogg (2017). Forskeren svarer: Kva er kjønnsperspektiv i egyptologi? . [Internet]. Kilden
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2014). Myta om det gamle Egypt. Aftenposten Viten. ISSN 2464-3033.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2014). Det gamle Egypt vaknar til liv. Aftenposten Viten. ISSN 2464-3033.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2010). Kleopatra - dronning over alle kongar. Levende Historie. ISSN 1503-4208. 3, p. 20–29.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2018). Patterns of change and disclosures of difference. Family and gender in New Kingdom Egypt: titles of non-royal women. Oslo 07-Media Oslo.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2009). Kvinner i det gamle Egypt: Ein komparativ studie. Universitetet i Bergen.

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    Published Feb. 10, 2014 12:32 PM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2022 12:12 PM