Background and activities

Tor Einar Fagerland is Associate Professor in History and a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Fagerland received his PhD in Medieval History at NTNU in 2006 and obtained tenure in 2008. He is the initiator of the NTNU interdisciplinary study programmes in Cultural Heritage Management (BA and MA) and was the appointed programme leader of these programmes from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, Fagerland was hired to be the head of NTNU's Department of Historical Studies, as post he held until 2018. Since 2018, Fagerland works half-time as a researcher and curator in History and Memory Studies at the Faculty of Humanites, and half-time as a senior advisor at the NTNU Campus Co-location project. 

Fagerland combines his training as a historian with theories and methods and from the interdisciplinary fields of Memory Studies and Cultural Heritage Studies.  His research focuses on the commemoration of the July 22 2011 terror attacks and the cultural memory of World War II. Since 2012, he leads the  project July 22 and the Negotiation of Memory ( where he combines research with hands-on memorial work. Recent 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). Together with the architect Atle Aas, Fagerland was the chief curator and project manager for the 22 July Centre in Oslo, which opened in 2015 ( In 2016, Fagerland and Aas created the historic exhibition in Hegnhuset – a memorial and learning centre at Utøya, Norway ( In 2018, Fagerland, Aas and Jon Reitan created the exhibition "Hjemme. Borte. Holocaust in Trondheim 1940-45" at the Jewish Museum in Trondheim (

Fagerland has since 2013 served as Special Advisor for the Norwegian Labour Youth League (AUF) and the National Support Group for July 22. He is an advisor for the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (KMD) and Statsbygg on the National July 22 Memorials and a board member of NIKU (Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning).

Fagerland has taught and supervised at all levels in History, Cultural Memory and Heritage Management at NTNU. He has been guest lecturing at Massachusetts University Amherst US, at Indiana University US and at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.

As a Senior Advisor at NTNU Campus Co-location project he has a special responsibility for research, learning spaces and heritage values of physical landscapes and buildings.  


Professional Career:

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanties, NTNU, 2018-

Senior Advisor at the Campus Co-location project, NTNU, 2018-

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

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

Associate Professor in History at the Department of Historical and Classical Studies, NTNU, 2008-2018

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

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

Exhibition Consultant at 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

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. 


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


  • Fagerland, Tor Einar; Paasche, Knut. (2011) 1537 - Kontinuitet eller brudd?. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2011. ISBN 978-82-519-2773-4.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2002) Krig og diplomati i nordisk middelalder. 2002. ISBN 82-91218-29-3. Forsvarsmuseets småskrift (29).

Part of book/report

  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2017) Monumenter og smertefulle historier: Steilneset minnested. Et internasjonalt perspektiv. Steilneset minnested. Kunst, arkitektur, historie.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2016) Følgeforskning og minneprosesser på Utøya 2013-2014. De berørte etter 22. juli. Forskningsetiske perspektiver.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2016) July 22 and the negotiation of memory in Norwegian society 2011-2014. Heritage, Democracy and the Public. Nordic Approaches.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar; Hjorth, Ingeborg. (2016) From Patriotic to Transnational Memory - Reflections on the Memorial Landscape of Norway ca. 1990-2014. Heritage, Democracy and the Public. Nordic Approaches.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2014) Between Patriotism and Univeralism: Norwegian World War II Monuments and Memorials 1990-2014 from a Transnational Perspective. From Patriotic Memory to a Universalistic Narrative?.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2014) Haraldsstøtta: En utdatert rekvisitt eller et potensielt møtested for kunnskap og dialog?. Haraldsstøtta - Monument og minne.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2014) Monuments and painful history: Steileneset Memorial. An international perspective. Steilneset Memorial. Art Architecture History.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2011) 1289-1295 Sjøkrig i danske farvann. Norges Kriger - Fra Hafsfjord til Afghanistan.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2011) 1304-1310 Krigføring og allianser i Norden. Norges Kriger - Fra Hafsfjord til Afghanistan.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2011) Fra monument til miljø: Norsk kulturminnevern 1844-2010. 1537 - Kontinuitet eller brudd?.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar; Nilssen, Trond Risto. (2011) The Norwegian Fascist Monument at Stiklestad 1944-45. Historicizing the Uses of the Past: Scandinavian Perspectives on History Culture, Historical Consciousness and Didactics of History Related to World War II.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2007) Nordisk og europeisk føydalisme i lys av nyere forskningsdebatt. En sann historiker. Festskrift til Svein Henrik Pedersen.
  • Fagerland, Tor Einar. (2006) NS-bautaen på Stiklestad i et europeisk perspektiv. Stiklestad og andre minnesteder. Foredrag i 2004 og 2005.


  • Fagerland, Tor Einar; Sawyer, Birgit. (2006) Krigføring og politisk kultur i nordisk middelalder. De mellomnordiske konfliktene 1286-1319 i et europeisk perspektiv. 2006. ISBN 82-7765056-6.