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Reinert SkumsnesPostdoctoral Research Fellow


  • Ph.D., University of Oslo, 2018
  • M.A., University of Bergen, 2009
  • B.A., University of Bergen, 2007


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.

Research Interests

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. 

Selected Publications

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Patterns of change and disclosures of difference: the feminine element as medium of transformation in New Kingdom tomb representations", in Methods and Models in Ancient History. Essays in honor of Jørgen Christian Meyer, eds. I. Mæhle, P. B. Ravnå & E. S. Seland, Athens: The Norwegian Institute at Athens (2020), pp. 111-127.

Kvindesymbolik i thebanske privatgrave, Papyrus. Tidsskrift for Dansk Ægyptologisk Selskab 39 (1)(2019):24-31.

Frå sorg til fest – musikk og ritual I det gamle Egypt. Arr – idéhistorisk tidsskrift 1 (2015):51- 61.