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The trustees of the Bishop Otter Trust seek to appoint a person of proven
academic ability to a new scholarship for exploration of theology and the
arts, based in Chichester, working in partnership with the Centre for Arts
and the Sacred at King’s (ASK), London.
The scholarship will be for two years. The successful candidate will be ready
to undertake some original, post-graduate work of research that will generate
theological debate (seminar, lecture, blog, etc), provide a research resource
for the bishop of Chichester, and achieve publication that will constitute
serious scholarship. Residential accommodation (including utilities, etc) is
provided. The scholarship is for £7,000 per annum. The time commitment to
the scholarship is three days a week residence in Chichester, the equivalent
of a .5 part-time post of 20 hours. Holiday is pro rata for a .5 part-time
Applications close at 12.00 noon on Friday 22 May, 2015.
Interviews will be held at The Palace, Chichester, on Tuesday, 2 June, 2015.
Details are available from Mrs Margaret Gibson, The Palace, Chichester, West
Sussex, PO19 1PY
École française de Rome (Rome 2015)
Deadline: 4 November 2014
Les Écoles françaises à l’étranger ont mis en place depuis la rentrée 2012 le statut de chercheurs résidents dans leurs établissements. À l’École française de Rome (EFR), ce titre est accordé à des enseignants-chercheurs, des chercheurs statutaires ou des post-doctorants sous contrat qui sont accueillis pour une durée de six mois renouvelable, pour contribuer à la réalisation d’un programme scientifique en collaboration avec l’EFR. L’accueil est réglé par convention entre l’EFR et l’organisme de rattachement de ces chercheurs. L’École met à leur disposition tous ses moyens matériels et scientifiques pour faciliter la réalisation de leur programme.
Une aide pour favoriser leur séjour hors de leur résidence peut en outre être proposée par l’EFR lorsque le programme ne bénéficie pas de financements extérieurs propres : pour ceux qui se logent par eux-mêmes dans Rome, une aide de 2000€ mensuels est octroyée ; pour ceux qui sont logés dans l’immeuble de la Piazza Navona, l’aide mensuelle est de 1200€ sur lesquels est effectué un prélèvement de 600€ pour le loyer du studio (chambre-cuisine-salle d’eau) ; pour tous, remboursement d’un voyage par semestre vers leur résidence principale, sur la base du tarif économique.
L’EFR propose pour 2015, sans préjuger d’autres demandes susceptibles d’être prises en compte sans aide financière, un total de 30 mois d’aide à la mobilité. Une attention particulière sera portée aux dossiers s’inscrivant dans les champs disciplinaires relevant des Sciences Sociales.
Les dossiers, comportant un bref CV avec bibliographie sélective, une lettre de motivation précisant la période de séjour sollicitée, une copie du contrat ou de l’arrêté de nomination dans l’institution d’appartenance ainsi qu’une autorisation de séjour à Rome émanant de cette même institution, peuvent être envoyés, par mail, au secrétariat du directeur des études concerné par le programme de recherches dans lequel s’insère la mobilité, dans les délais suivants : au plus tard le 4novembre 2014 pour les dossiers sollicitant une aide financière ; au fil de l’eau pour les autres dossiers.Les chercheurs sollicitant une aide à la mobilité seront informés de l’issue de leur demande au plus tard le 25 novembre 2014.
Fellowship: Pre- or postdoc fellowships
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Application deadline: 15 August 2014
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut is pleased to place a call for applications to pursue studies in Art History within the independent Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) “Objects in the Contact Zone – The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things”, directed by Eva-Maria Troelenberg.
– 1-2 pre- or postdoc fellowships for up to 6 months, beginning approximately 1 October 2014
– 1 student assistant position (BA or MA level, 80h/month) for October – December 2014
The research group seeks to adapt the notion of the “contact zone” as a key term, connecting it to the object: non-European objects which are shown and stored in Western museums or collections, reproduced in Western media or are regarded, described, analyzed and categorised through a Western lens – such objects are situated in a contact zone. This follows approaches of cultural anthropology, while maintaining genuinely art historical solutions as the investigative aim. As such, these contact zones create particular conditions of perception and reception, resulting both from the object’s own aura, provenance, or biography and from the recipient’s predisposition and intentions.
Following a potentially asymmetric, but basically reciprocal or polycentric working hypothesis of transculturation, we are looking at case studies which can shed significant light on the production of knowledge in such contact zones.
Our examples deal with the interrelation between particular objects or groups of objects and their cross-cultural reception as mediated through museums, collections, publications or other visual or performative cultural practices in the colonial and postcolonial age. We are mainly focusing on exchange processes within the larger modern Mediterranean and its global connections.
Together, our case studies can bridge the theoretical space between cross-cultural studies and visual culture phenomena and may also induce critical reassessments of established narratives, categories and key terms such as the very idea of “transculturation” itself. As our work is embedded into questions of institutional history as well as into the history of science, knowledge and representation, our overarching research queries have developed significantly towards fields such as:
– museum theory and exhibitions in cross-cultural context
– agency theories for polycentric and transcultural art histories
– political and social functions of aesthetic differences and convergences
– critical approaches to canon and chronology in art history
For further information on the MPRG see also
Fellowship applications in German or English language should include
– detailed CV
– research proposal (max. 4 pages)
– list of publications and one substantial writing sample
– one letter of recommendation
Student assistant applications should include
– letter of motivation
– one letter of recommendation
– certificate of matriculation
Please send your electronic application in one pdf file (max. 2 MB) by 15 August to email@example.com.
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and disabled persons. Fellowships follow the rules of the Max Planck Society.
International scholarship programme for sabbatical leave and research
residencies at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, 01.01. – 31.12.2015
Application deadline: Aug 31, 2014
Launched in 2009, the International Scholarship Programme offers scholars from around the world the opportunity to spend one to three months on a research residency at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
The programme supports research projects that bear direct relation to the diverse institutions and rich collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It aims to strengthen the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s position within the international scholarly network and is therefore aimed specifically at foreign scholars who do not reside in Germany.
The programme especially promotes young researchers. The scholarships allow researchers to work on their project and make professional contacts at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. As a result, they also get to participate in the scholarly and cultural life within the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.
Graduate scholars, postgraduates and doctoral candidates as well as post-docs and professors who do not have their residence in Germany are eligible for application. The applicants must hold at least a first university degree at the time of application.
The application for a grant for 2015 has to be handed in by 31 August 2014 (postmark). The application has to be submitted directly to the Director General of the SMB.
Further information you will find at:
eikones Graduate School (Basel): Invitation to apply for 5 PhD Scholarships
Submission deadline July 30, 2014
Invitation to apply for 5 PhD scholarships, including one from the Hans und Renée Müller-Meylan Foundation Basel for the period October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2017 in the fields of art history, music studies, German literature, philosophy, media studies, English or American literature.
eikones, the NCCR Iconic Criticism at the University of Basel, has pursued the question of the power and meaning invested in images through interdisciplinary research since 2005. eikones accordingly brings together 40 scientists from different disciplines whose PhDtheses and Post-doctoral projects are grouped in modules following specific questions. In addition, the Graduate School forms an integral part of the NCCR Iconic Criticism and offers PhD students numerous opportunities to participate on an interdisciplinary level.
The new Graduate School will commence in October 2014, awarding a total of 5 PhD scholarships. Supported projects will examine images from a systematic standpoint that relates to a key concept of the NCCR Iconic Criticism: the “singularity of images.”
This notion describes the NCCR’s object of study well: the image and the images, their genesis and history, and their role in praxis and theory. For heuristic purposes, three interrelated dimensions of singularity have been identified:
a) The singularity of an individual image in relation to a plurality of images
For much of its history, the study of images has focused on the individual image and thereby privileged those that are artistically or historically distinctive. In contrast, research at the NCCR, since its inception, has profited from a fruitful friction between the image in the singular and images in the plural. The project is built upon the conviction that the effective potential and meaning of an individual or distinctive image can only be analyzed in its relation to a plurality of images meaning that neither the singular nor plural need be privileged. Instead, the “singularity of images” encompasses both the individual image singled out and the image imbedded in particular relations.
b) The singularity of constellations of images
From a second perspective, the constellations in which individual images stand in relation to one another can themselves be understood as singular. An analysis of images in constellations should not presuppose a “system of images,” according to which images would be merely determined through internal differentiation, as in a structuralist system of signs. Rather, such an analysis has to consider the singularity of constellations and the plurality of images both in their own historicity and in their image-specific form. Constellations of images include a diverse spectrum of objects such as human artifacts, visual manifestations, products of psychic, cognitive, or instrumental processes, linguistic or semantic, scenic or performative phenomena, and, not least, works of art.
c) The singularity of images in practices
Finally, images and related phenomena should be considered in relation to artistic, social, epistemic, religious, economic, and scriptural practices, in which contexts they evince singularity in a third manner. They contribute to the ways in which these practices become perceptible, arrested, formatted, and, to different degrees, condensed, made concrete. In doing so, images do not only function as representa-tions of practices. Rather, their singularity consists in acquiring their own, irreducible meaning and agency, that enables social, esthetic and epistemological continuities, prompts change, and grounds new practices that only become conceivable thanks to the images’ specific capacities to format and condense.
Supported PhD projects are expected to relate to the notion of “the singularity of images,” whose con-tours are outlined here, making use of it in the context of their respective methodological approaches and their empirical or historical lines of inquiry.
For further information on how to apply, please see here.
The British Archaeological Association offers generous scholarships for students who wish to attend its annual conference, which this year will be held in Aberdeen. All students with an interest in medieval art and architecture are warmly encouraged to apply.
The British Archaeological Association’s annual conference for 2014 will be held at Old Aberdeen (19 – 23 Jul 2014). The conference will be based in the medieval surroundings of Aberdeen University with extended trips throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray. Aberdeen University was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone and 2014 is the 500th anniversary of his death. Papers and tours will cover aspects of his architectural patronage. Highlights will include visits to Elgin Cathedral (the ‘Lantern of the North’) and Pluscarden Abbey, the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose. Secular architecture will feature 13th-century Kildrummy Castle, the innovative tower house at Huntly, and lavish Fyvie Castle. Aberdeen offers the well-preserved St Machar’s Cathedral with its castellated towers and heraldic ceiling, and King’s College Chapel, the only complete medieval church interior surviving in Scotland. Historical overviews will be provided, particularly tackling the moderate Aberdeenshire response to the Reformation which allowed the middle ages to linger into the seventeenth century.
The scholarships will cover the entire conference fee, which includes lectures, site visits, sandwich lunches, teas and coffees and dinners, maps and plans. Applicants who live beyond commuting distance from Aberdeen may also apply for accommodation at Hillhead. Depending on demand, some support for travel money may also be available.