Background and activities

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I am a historian, but also with some academic background within sociology and political geography from NTNU and University of Oslo. During my student years, I got a one year scholarship funding from Department of Education (Republic of Ireland) for studying at Department of Political Science - Trinity College Dublin. I have also education for lower & upper secondy school teaching, pedagogy for university teachers and NTNU's course for PhD-supervisors.

I am associate professor in social science at Department of Teacher Education, NTNU with particular responsibility for teaching and supervising students qualifying for being social studies teachers within primary and lower secondary schools. In Norwegian context the school and teacher education subject social studies (= samfunnsfag) also includes history. More about areas of lecturing, areas of academic interest and ongoing research projects below.

Earlier in my professional career I have held positions in (mostly upper secondary) schools, at the NTNU Department of Historical Studies and at another and another previously existing teacher education institution in Trondheim (now merged with NTNU). As from 2017 I became the first chairperson in the newly created National Network for the Social studies in the different teacher educations in Norway (from education of kindergarten teachers to education of upper secondary school teachers), from 2018 I am vice chairman. From 2018 I am an elected representative of the permanently employed academic staff at the largest teacher education institution in Norway - Department of Teacher Education, NTNU.

In the years before the 2013 reform of the contents of the curriculum in the school subject "samfunnsfag" (social studies) + for the parallell subject samfunnsfag (sami area version) for primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools, I was an appointed member (appointed by the Directorate of Education) of the committee which developed the proposals for curriculum content.

From 2019 I am one of the two scientific editors of Nordidactica - Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education. This is a Nordic academic journal published by Karlstad University (Sweden). I am also head of the researcher group HIPOLS - History, politics and social/societal development, founded by staff members at Department of Teacher Education, NTNU and also coordinator for teacher education, school subjects & curriculum, educational policy and educational history within this researchers group. As from 2019 I am a member of the leadership group of our project Concept Understanding and Reasoning in Social Studies Education (COURSE).

Areas of academic interest

Most of my areas of academic interest are cross-over fields with contributions from historians, political scientists and sociologists:

* Modern norwegian history and politics and political participaction, for instance history of political parties, media history and the history of norwegian resistance towards EEC/EC/EU-membership.

* Modern irish history and politics, for instance the politics of ethnic conflict regulation.

* Social studies + history as school subjects and as subjects within teacher education, history and soscial science teaching & curriculum development, Also with aspects of comparition with different UK regions and Republic of Ireland.

Ongoing research projects

Articles on the dissolution of the party press in Norway, and with special attention to Conservative newspapers as structural and functional party newspapers.




Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Madsen, Roar. (2001) Motstraums 1959-2000. Senterpartiets historie bd 2. Det Norske Samlaget. 2001. ISBN 82-521-5435-2.

Part of book/report

  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Avkolonisering. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Etnisk reinsing. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Europarørsla. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Kolonialisme. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Med Israel for fred (MIFF). {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Nei til EU. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Palestinakomiteen. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Partipressa. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Periodisering. {2020}.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) Peter Wessel Zapffe (1899-1990). An Meisias Deireanach ("Den sidste Messias", originaltittel 1933)..
  • Madsen, Roar. (2020) The new Social Studies curriculum in Norway – a farewell to history understood as critical engagement with the past?. Η Κλειώ πάει σχολείο ΙΙ — Η διδασκαλία της Ιστορίας και η δημόσια παιδαγωγική.
  • Madsen, Roar; Overrein, Per. (2016) Ag damhsa phort Londan: Nuachtáin na hIorua. Macallai San Eoraip : Scéal éiri amach na Cásca i nuachtáin na hEorpa.
  • Overrein, Per; Madsen, Roar. (2014) Grunnleggende ferdigheter i samfunnsfag. Innføring i grunnleggende ferdigheter : praktisk arbeid på fagenes premisser.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2009) EØS.
  • Madsen, Roar. (2006) Antrim - by i Nord-Irland. Store Norske Leksikon.