Department of History and Cultural Studies Art History InstituteUniversity Professor of African Art History and Visual Cultures Salary grade: W3 or equivalent Reference code: W3KunstAfrikas Bewerbungsende: 03.02.2022

Updated: 3 months ago

The successful applicant will cover research and teaching in the field of African art history and visual cultures.

Appointment requirements are governed by Section 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerIHG).

Successful candidates will demonstrate an outstanding knowledge of the art and visual cultures of Africa. The appointee should also be engaged in work related to current debates in cultural studies, including theoretical debates and questions of methodology. They will have a broad international teaching record and be able to demonstrate a history of excellent research. They should also have experience in acquiring and leading externally funded research projects, as well as with interdisciplinary projects and research settings. Furthermore, the appointee should have excellent knowledge of German or English enabling them to teach in the respective language.

Along with the regular official duties of professors listed in Section 99 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the following activities:

The new professor will be expected to participate in other research areas of the Art History Institute at Freie Universität Berlin with different regional focuses. They should also contribute to the work being done through collections, museums, and research institutions here in the Berlin area (for example, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, etc.). They should support research initiatives in the humanities at Freie Universität Berlin, and they will be expected to participate in existing and planned regional and supra-regional joint research projects. As the appointee is expected to offer courses in German and English, they must have a keen interest in acquiring the adequate language skills within a period of three years from the date of employment. The new professor will also be expected to address gender and diversity issues as part of their research, teaching, and administrative duties.

Applications should be accompanied by the usual documents, including a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification in German or English (please enclose translations where necessary), a list of publications, a list of courses previously taught, and evidence of teaching aptitude. Please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavors, joint research projects, and externally funded projects. If necessary, please include language certificates. If applicable, please give information on experience in primary and secondary education, partnerships with industry, inventions/patents, and spin-offs.

Please submit all application materials electronically as one PDF file (maximum 5 MB) by February 3rd, 2022. Be sure to include a personal postal address and e-mail, as well as the reference code for the position. For formal purposes (i.e., for formatting application documents), you may use the following postal address, but please send your application to the e-mail address below it.

Freie Universität Berlin

Department of History and Cultural Studies

Dean’s Office

Heike Willingham

Fabeckstraße 23-25

14195 Berlin


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