Postdoctoral Fellowships, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices

Call for Applications
Berlin, 01.10.2015 – 31.07.2016
Closing Date: 12.01.2015
ART HISTORIES AND AESTHETIC PRACTICES. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische
The Berlin-based FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken for the academic year 2015/2016.
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is a research and fellowship
program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary
boundariesof art history in a transcultural, global horizon. By
creating a space of dialogue for scholars from all continents and
regions, it aims to discuss the potentials and contours of a plural
history of art. It especially invites scholars from Islamic, Asian,
African, Australian, European art histories and those of the Americas
to join the program, but also addresses neighboring disciplines such as
Archaeology and other fields dealing with the history of visual
cultures. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices analyses the
connectivity of larger historical spaces in a transregional perspective
and investigates artistic and aesthetic practices and the history of
artifacts in a comparative approach, experimenting with new
methodologies and forms of collaborative research. The concept of
Aesthetic Practices introduced by this program, is an invitation to
study artifacts with their biographies as well as processes of transfer
and transformation in a transcultural, postcolonial and global
perspective. The program has no chronological or geographical
It collaborates with the museums of Berlin, the Berlin universities, as
well as other international and national academic partners, and aims at
an intense interaction of art historical institutions. Its scholarly
environment is designed to enable and encourage both fellows and the
wider community to experiment and refine transregional approaches to
the history of visual cultures and aesthetic practices.
For more detailed information about the program please visit
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is an initiative of the
KunsthistorischesInstitut in Florence (KHI), Max-Planck-Institute  at
the FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN, Berlin. Art Histories is directed by
Hannah Baader and Gerhard Wolf and cooperates with the program
Connecting Art Histories in the Museum (Berlin State Museums/KHI
Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven
years (before their application). We welcome applications from all
continents and regions, with various disciplinary backgrounds, such as
Art Histories, Archaeologies and all relevant neighboring fields
dealing with artifacts, artistic production, and aesthetic practices
relating to objects, images and architectures. Applicants should be
interested to engage in reflexive and transdisciplinary research. Art
Histories fellows are given the opportunity to pursue their individual
research projects within a transdisciplinary and transregional context.
They are expected to engage in the program activities, such as regular
seminars, workshops, conferences and a travelling seminar. In the
overall context of the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices program
and the framework of the FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN, the fellows will
be part of a creative, intellectually stimulating and discursive
The fellowhip starts on 1 October 2015 and ends on 31 July 2016. In
particular cases, shorter fellowship terms may be considered.
Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of € 2.500 plus
supplements depending on their personal situation. Organizational
support regarding visas, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided.
Successful applicants become fellows of the program Art Histories and
Aesthetic Practices at the FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN and are
expected to take up residence in Berlin.
Application Procedure
To apply, please send the following documents exclusively by e-mail as
separate word or PDF files:
—            a curriculum vitae (in English)
—            a project description (no longer than five pages / in
—            a sample of scholarly work (about 20 pages of an article,
paper, or dissertation chapter)
—            names of two referees (including their e-mail addresses)
The complete application should be submitted latest by 12 January 2015
and addressed to:
Successful candidates will be notified by the end of February 2015.
Information about the current status of the evaluation process will be
published on the website
Institutional Framework
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is funded by the German Federal
Ministry of Education and Research. The research program is integrated
in the Berlin-based FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN, a research platform
that connects systematic and region-specific questions, addressing
entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional
frames. The FORUM works in tandem with established institutions and
networks that are engaged in transregional studies and is supported by
an association of directors of universities, research institutes and
networks mostly based in Berlin. It supports three research programs:
ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, and
TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung and is
funded by a public-private partnership. The Forum applied for new funds
from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the
years 2015 and 2016.
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices collaborates closely with the
following Berlin-based institutions:
—            Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
—            Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Art Histories
—            Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Art and
Visual History
—            ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices
c/o Forum TransregionaleStudien
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