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Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art – Humanities, Art history – UvA, Netherlands, 2022

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Faculty of Humanities, Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art, at UvA, Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 3,821 to 5,943 Euro/Month

Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research

University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of the ways in which contemporary art and its institutions engage with memory and impacts the formation, collection, mediation, engagement and interpretation of art and cultural heritage; familiarity with discourses on art history and memory; and a strong affinity with contemporary art theory, curation, social practice and methods for humanities research. Your research matches the profile of AHM.

You are able to develop and provide modules on contemporary art, its production, curating, functions in society, institutionalization / musealization and reception; memory in and through art and cultural heritage; art and / as a method for academic research. Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile

  • PhD in the Humanities with a research focus on contemporary art, art history and theory;
  • international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • affinity and experience in collaborating with public and private partners in the fields of art and cultural heritage.
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • wide and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • excellent command of English. If Dutch is not the mother tongue, an active and passive command must be acquired within two years of the employment contract and the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II must be passed;
  • experience with digital and audiovisual teaching facilities and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or is willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Design and conducting independent research on the role of contemporary art and its institutions in relation to issues such as material and immaterial cultural practices, memory, artistic research, social practice, curation and/or activism. This will include broadly art-historical work on the practical, societal and epistemological dimensions of contemporary art, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books, and/or exhibition curation / practice.
  • Actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European.
  • Actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation.
  • Actively contributing to the research activities of AHM.
  • Developing, coordinating and teaching courses in both Dutch and English, in the BA and MA programmes of Art History, Art and Performance Research Studies and cognate fields.
  • Supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses.
  • Actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department.
  • Taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8368

Application Procedure

Applications should include the following information (submitted in one .pdf):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a detailed CV;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of May 2022. A trial lecture may be part of the application procedure.

About the Department/Section/Group

AHM is the research base for a broad spread of disciplines from Heritage and Memory Studies, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Material Culture, and Conservation and Restoration, and Art History. AHM researchers share an interest in the ways in which material and immaterial traces of past events and experiences influence the formation of present-day identities and public discourse. Its members collaborate in and across many thematic groups, focusing on the material and intangible remains of the past; the reciprocal relations between objects and meanings; and the dynamics of memory from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, encompassing concept-oriented, object-oriented and user-oriented approaches.

The integrative, interdisciplinary and critical approach of problematising, conceptualising and analysing heritage and memory acts and material culture practices, policies and politics on all levels in Europe and beyond is unique to AHM. AHM is seeking to strengthen its profile in in the field of Contemporary Art.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months. The employment is for 38 hours per week. Preferred starting date is 1 September 2022.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between €3,821 (scale 11) to €5,943 (scale 12) dependent on relevant experience. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable

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Contact details

Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History

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