Professor of Early Modern Art and Visual Culture

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 05 Jul 2022

The Faculty of Humanities employs just under a thousand employees, and approximately 8,000 students study there. The faculty consists of eight departments: Philosophy, Dutch Studies, Media Studies, Arts and Culture Studies, History, European Studies and Religious Studies, Amsterdam Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Literature and Linguistics. Each department is made up of capacity groups, which consist of one or more professors and a number of employees who work in the relevant field.

The Department of Arts and Culture Studies is currently looking for a professor of Early Modern Art and Visual Culture.

What are you going to do

Context of the chair

The Department of Arts and Culture Studies in the Faculty of Humanities seeks a professor in art history of the early modern period, to build upon and extend existing research strengths on this topic within the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), including the Center for the Study of Early Modernity and/or other relevant research groups within ASH.

The Department of Arts and Culture Studies  at the UvA is a large academic department that connects research and teaching in Art History, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, Music Studies, and Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage.

The professor will be located in the capacity group Art History which covers four chair groups: Middle Ages, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary Art, and the History of Architecture.

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH)  represents and fosters the study of the human past from Antiquity to the present day. It brings together more than 200 academics from Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, who participate in ca. 25 research groups.

The Faculty of Humanities is a large and vibrant faculty, located in central Amsterdam where it is realizing a new urban campus.


The professor will teach in the current Bachelor and Master programmes Kunstgeschiedenis (Art History). Additionally, the professor will teach at Master level in the Research Master’s programme Art and Performance Research Studies and in the dual Master programme Curating Arts and Cultures. The professor will play a crucial role in the development of curricula in Art History and in the department of Arts and Culture Studies. An explicit vision on interdisciplinary teaching on all levels is expected. This includes a special skill in establishing productive connections between diverse academic disciplines and agents.

The professor will be expected to teach in Dutch and English – the current languages of instruction in the BA and MA curricula – and to be able to supervise theses in both languages.


The professor will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary, unifying and active manner within the ASH research school, to develop innovative research with a broad and interdisciplinary scope on Art History of the early modern period, to raise funds and to lead larger (individual or collaborative) research projects. The professor should be able to fulfil a crucial role in the Center for the Study of Early Modernity and/or other relevant research groups within the School, developing new terrains of research and envisioning an inspiring and relevant future agenda. The professor will be expected to recruit and supervise new PhD candidates, and to act as a committee member for the defence of theses within ASH on topics like early modern art, the art market/patronage, history of collecting and material culture. In addition, the new professor is expected to also contribute to research in connection with the Conservation and Restoration programme/group, which is part of the research school

The professor will be the figurehead of the University of Amsterdam within the field of Art History and Visual Culture of the early modern period, contributing to strengthening a vibrant international reputation. The professor will develop new momentum in order to clearly position the degree programme nationally and internationally, as well as play a role in public debate, for instance regarding global modern art in transhistorical or postcolonial perspectives.

Leadership and administrative tasks

The professor should have proven ability in leading interdisciplinary teaching and research teams, and proven experience in administrative functions. We are looking for a candidate who can both support and motivate colleagues, creating a nurturing environment that allows other researchers to thrive. The professor should support the group’s HRM (career development, professionalization, coordination) and offer mentorship.

The professor should not only have the proven managerial skills to guide the group, but should also be willing and able to take on administrative responsibilities at departmental and/or faculty level (including leadership of the capacity group, wider department or the directorship of ASH).

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