Reinert Skumsnes

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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, feminist and anthropological theory. He also works as a field archaeologist at the New Kingdom site Tell el-Amarna, in Middle Egypt. And is co-chair of the Nordic Association of Feminist and Gender Research and deputy chair of the Norwegian Association of Gender Research.

Skumsnes’ research focuses on the social history of New Kingdom Egypt, through the lens of family and gender. He is concerned with relational encounters, between different positions, partial perspectives and fractal records. This includes the production of knowledge: 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. He has a particular eye to alternative practices as manifest in the manifold often contradicting expressions of 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.

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, Feminist theory, Anthropological theory


    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2019). Kvindesymbolik i thebanske privatgrave. Papyrus Tidsskrift for Dansk Ægyptologisk Selskab.  ISSN 0903-4714.  39(1), s 24- 31
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2015). Frå sorg til fest : musikk og ritual i det gamle Egypt. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  27(1), s 51- 61 Full text in Research Archive.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert & Bettum, Anders (2015). Solas rike - ikkje berre palass og tempel. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0332-8937.  127, s 17- 39 Full text in Research Archive.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2014). Familien i det gamle Egypt. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  (2), s 3- 11 Full text in Research Archive.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2013). Kongelige kvinner og kongemakt under Det gamle riket. Ostrakon.  ISSN 1893-5303.  5-6, s 13- 28
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2011). Adopsjon, arv og testamente i Deir el-Medina. Ostrakon.  ISSN 1893-5303.  3, s 25- 31
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2010). Kjønnsroller i det gamle Egypt. Fortid.  ISSN 1504-1913.  1, s 75- 79

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    • Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord (2018). Patterns of change and disclosures of difference. Family and gender in New Kingdom Egypt: titles of non-royal women. Show summary
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2014). Det gamle Egypt vaknar til liv. Aftenposten Vitenskap.  ISSN 2464-3033.
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2014). Myta om det gamle Egypt. Aftenposten Vitenskap.  ISSN 2464-3033. . doi:
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2010). Kleopatra - dronning over alle kongar. Levende Historie.  ISSN 1503-4208.  3, s 20- 29
    • Skumsnes, Reinert (2009). Kvinner i det gamle Egypt: Ein komparativ studie.

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    Published Feb. 10, 2014 12:32 PM - Last modified Aug. 12, 2020 12:47 PM