Background and activities

Tor Einar Fagerland is Associate Professor in history at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He received his PhD in Medieval History at NTNU in 2006 and has taught Medieval History at all levels. In 2003 he was among the initiators of the NTNU interdisciplinary study programme in Cultural Heritage Management – a programme he led in the period 2009-2013, and where he teaches courses in Memory Studies and Heritage Management. Fagerland has also taught classes in Memory Studies and Heritage Studies at The Institute for Social and European Studies, Köszeg Hungary (2009-2011). He has given guest lectures at Massachusetts University, Amherst; at Indiana University; and at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Since 2005, Fagerland has combined his training as a historian with theories, methods and research topics from the interdisciplinary fields of Memory Studies and Cultural Heritage Studies. Since 2012, he leads the research project July 22 and the Negotiation of Memory ( publications include «Følgeforskning og minneprosesser på Utøya 2013-2014» (2016), «July 22 and the negotiation of memory in Norwegian society 2011-2014» (2016) and «Remembering traumatic pasts – Movements in the memorial landscape of Norway» (with Ingeborg Hjorth, 2016). In 2015 Fagerland was Chief Curator and Project Manager for the 22 July Centre in Oslo ( In 2016 Fagerland and Atle Aas created the historic exhibition in Hegnhuset – a memorial and learning centre at Utøya, Norway. Fagerland has served as Special Advisor for the Norwegian Labour Youth League (AUF). He is currently a Special Advisor for the 22 July Centre and the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.

In 1997-1998 Fagerland was Head of Cultural Management and Museum Services in Meløy Municipality. He has acted as Special Advisor in Commemoration of painful Heritage (Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter, 2006-2007; 2011-2012); as Exhibition Advisor for the exhibition «The Enemy Within. Treason during World War II» (The Falstad Memorial and Human Right Centre, 2011); and as an advisor for the National Directorate for Cultural Heritage on new guidelines for legal protection of Cultural Heritage. In 2012 he was appointed board member of ICOMOS Norway (the National Branch of the International Council on Monuments and Sites).


Professional Career:

Head of Department, Department of Historical Studies, NTNU, 2013-2018

Head of Program for Cultural Heritage Management, Department of Historical and Classical Studies, NTNU, 2009-2013

Associate Professor in History, Department of Historical and Classical Studies, NTNU, 2008-

Postdoctor, Department of Historical and Classical Studies, NTNU, 2006-2008

PhD, Department of Historical and Classical Studies, NTNU, 1999-2004

Exhibition Adviser, Faros, Interdisciplinary Centre, NTNU, 2004-2005

 Head of Museum and the Management of Cultural Heritage, Meløy Municipality,1997-1999

Researcher, The National Military Museum Oslo, 2001-2002

Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter, Special Advisor in Commemoration of painful Heritage 2006-2007 / 2011-2012

Selected Conference Papers:

 “The terror on July 22 and the Stages of Memory in Norway´s Memorial Landscape” Lund University 2012.

”The terrorist attacks of 22 July 2011 and the stages of Memory in the Norwegian Memorial Landscape: A preliminary sketch”, Gothenburg University 2012.

 “From Bitburg to the Holocaust Memorial. Public memory in Berlin after reunification”, Freie Universität Berlin 2011. 

“A place of Contested Memory: the Norwegian Fascist Monument at Stiklestad 1944-2011”, Freie Universität Berlin 2011.

“Painful Memories. An international perspective”, Vardø, Steilneset Memorial, 2011. 

”Stiklestad 1030-2008: A place of contested identity. The Local and the Global - Practices and Politics of Memory”, Luxembourg University 2010. 

 “Cultural Heritage: A resource for dialogue, learning, reconciliation and progress in Today's Europe?”, ISES, Köszeg 2010.

“The Parthenon Marbles”, The Norwegian Institute Athens 2010.

 “The Parthenon Marbles and the New Acropolis Museum”, Manchester University 2010.