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 and critical (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. This 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
    Published Feb. 10, 2014 12:32 PM - Last modified Aug. 9, 2021 9:18 AM