costumes and etiquette
The University of Trondheim provides an etiquette guide for the nervous PhD candidate planning his or her defence and surrounding celebrations. They even tell you what to wear: pent formiddagsantrekk for the trial lectures, for instance a light-coloured suit, or a slightly informal dark suit with a coloured blouse or shirt. For the defence itself you should choose a festantrekk, as you’d wear to a wedding, a christening or on 17. mai: a dark suit, a bunad or even a tuxedo. The audience wears regular clothes.
I’ve never seen anyone defend their PhD in a bunad, though it’s a fascinating thought. Do people really do this?
The author actually suggests that you might need to rent a hotel room to get away from kids and housework. I obviously haven’t been taking this seriously enough! Get enough sleep, eat properly and don’t get drunk the night before – sound advice.
And it’s not an oral exam, as it is in Finland, apparently. A Norwegian defence is supposed to be an exchange of ideas between peers, where two external experts use their time and knowledge to study and discuss the third expert’s research.
The first doctoral defence at the University of Bergen was held in 1949. The candidate wore a tuxedo.
I have actually done some work today. This is my 15 minute break 🙂