Appel à candidatures : “Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”

The International Research Group

 “Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”

supported by the German Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, which unites art and cultural historical Institutes in France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy, invites applications for several full-time research posts (in principle post-doctoral) based at the Warburg Institute in London for five years from February 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The objective of this project is to explore the migration of images, objects, ideas and texts in a broad historical and geographical context. The aim shall be a contribution to the history of images which is based on Aby Warburg’s approach and method, rethinking them in the light of new interdisciplinary, international scholarship. The project will reconstruct and develop a rich scholarly approach which addresses the distinctiveness of images while also studying the language in which ideas about transfers between cultures (including ideas about images) are expressed.

Research staff in London will contribute particularly to the overall project of studying the ways in which images and ideas are transferred between cultures and to the project of investigating the role of rhetoric in understanding images, ideas and intercultural relations.  Research staff will conduct their own research and contribute to the larger projects. We are particularly interested in applicants with high level research skills in art history, trade between Europe and the Orient, prints and other portable images, rhetoric, anthropology and comparative religion. Applicants will be expected to have a good knowledge of the languages relevant to their field of study and a good speaking and reading knowledge of German and English.

Post-holders will be employed by the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris and paid on German government research scales according to their skills and experience. For qualified applicants residing in Germany this may include international German subsidy. Place of work is London.

Applications should include a letter of application indicating candidates’ interests in and suitability for the projects of the research group, a curriculum vitae and publications list, the names of three referees and a writing sample of around 5,000 words of published or unpublished research. Completed applications must be submitted by Tuesday 26 November.

The Max Weber Stiftung is committed to increasing the number of women in academic posts and would therefore particularly welcome applications from women. When there is a choice between equally qualified male and female applicants a female applicant will be chosen.

Interviews may be held in London on Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 December 2013.

Please send your application to:

Andreas Beyer, Director
Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte,
Max Weber Stiftung
45, rue des Petits Champs
F – 75001 Paris

Cooperating partners:

Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris (Max Weber-Stiftung) (Prof. Dr. Andreas Beyer)
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp)
Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz (Max Planck Institut) (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf)
Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar (Warburg-Haus), Universität Hamburg, (Prof. Dr. Uwe Fleckner)
The Warburg Institute, London (Prof. Dr. Peter Mack)

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