Three W2 Professorships (tenure track) in Art and Society, Art and Knowledg and Art and Economies University of Kassel Germany

Aushang bis: Personalbereich:
Personalreferent (PersRef): Personalbereich (Teilber.):
SAP-Bewerberkreis: erstmalige Zusendung:
Nachsendung 30.01.2019
III B 1 Herr Kliebisch/ III B 2 Herr Reinold
1700 Prof. Dr. Schrott/ Prof. Dr. Lamla/ Prof. Altrock

The following vacancies are to be filled:

Three W2 Professorships (tenure track): "Art and Society",
"Art and Knowledge", "Art and Economies"

The initial appointment will be for 6 years. After positive evaluation in the
final year, the candidate is tenured on a W 2 ñ Professor level.
The German federal state of Hessen, the city of Kassel, the documenta
and Fridericianum Museum gGmbh and the University of Kassel have
agreed to pursue the development of a documenta Institute in Kassel,
Germany, where the world art exhibition is staged every five years.

The aim of this undertaking is to establish an independent scholarly institution
of international renown that takes the history of the documenta and its
ongoing present day continuation as the occasion and starting point for
transdisciplinary research initiatives. Under the thematic frame of the
"exhibition", understood as a means by which societies encounter and
address themselves, the relationships between art and society, art and
knowledge as well as between art and various economies shall be analysed and explored.

The inventories of the documenta archiv will serve as an important foundation for the work of the documenta Institute and will be fully integrated into the new Institute. This facility should become a
leading research institute and cultural meeting place for an international
public as well as for citizens of the region in the periods between documenta exhibitions.
To realise this concept, a call for applicants is being made for three professorships which will be established in addition to the documenta Professorship that already exists at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. These three
positions will be located in the Faculty of the Humanities, the Faculty of
Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Planning.

For all of the professorships a further membership in the
Kunsthochschule Kassel and involvement in the planned interdisciplinary
Centre for Exhibition Studies at the University of Kassel is expected. These positions will also involve teaching responsibilities in the degree programmes of the respective faculties, work in the area of structured supervision of doctoral candidates, and involvement in university selfgovernment. Experience in securing third-party grant funding is highly

Persons from all academic disciplines with an international reputation
resulting from outstanding research work as well as a readiness for
transdisciplinary cooperation are being sought for these positions. Relevant qualifications in addition to a doctoral degree and university
teaching experience are post-doctoral thesis work or additional scholarly
activities in the areas cited below in the respective position descriptions.
Applicants will be expected to present a concept for innovative research
and teaching in connection with the planned documenta Institute.

Faculty of Humanities
as soon as possible
Position Number: 31944
Faculty of Architecture,
Urban Planning,
Landscape Planning
as soon as possible
Position Number: 31945
Faculty of Social Sciences
as soon as possible

Position Number: 31946

W2 Professorship "Art and Society"
The professorship involves research and teaching on the connections
between contemporary art and society in the context of exhibitions. The
main focus are questions of the public discourse on contemporary art, the
scholarly reflection on art, the linguistic and communicative approaches
to art, the aesthetic (literary, filmic, visual, etc.) engagement with art, as
well the societal expectations with regard to contemporary art and the
reception of art in the public sphere. In addition, questions concerning
the mediation of art in the public sphere (public programmes, art education, exhibition catalogues, art criticism, etc.) are subjects of research and
teaching for this professorship. Particular attention is to be directed to
perspectives pertaining to the humanities, to cultural studies and to art
historical studies.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gardt, Department of German (Tel.: +49 (0)561/804-
3327; as well as Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld, Kunsthochschule Kassel (Tel.: +49 (0)151/684 04 568; are available to answer any questions that applicants for this
position may have.

W2 Professorship "Art and Knowledge"

The professorship involves research and teaching on the knowledge practices of artistic and applied design in the context of exhibitions. On the
one hand, the creative processes of artistic, curatorial and design practices and their knowledge cultures are to be investigated. On the other,
questions of how knowledge is inscribed in these artefacts, how artefacts
are received and how knowledge is produced by them will be examined.
The spatial dimension of the exhibition medium will receive particular
attention. Teaching and research will make use of analytical as well as
experimental methods.

Prof. Philipp Oswalt, Department of Architecture (Tel: +49 (0)561/804-
3632; as well as Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld,
Kunsthochschule Kassel (Tel.: +49 (0)151/684 04 568; are available to answer any questions that applicants for this
position may have.

W2 Professorship "Art and Economies"
The professorship involves research and teaching on the intersections
between an economy of artistic production, an economy of discursive
valorisation, an economy of presentation in exhibitions, as well as an
economy of pricing in the art market. In this regard, relevant scholarly
publishing is just as important as contributions concerning artistic research. Particular attention is to be directed to perspectives pertaining to the
social sciences or art studies/art historical studies.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude, Department of Sociology (Tel.: +49 (0)561/804-3632; as well as Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld, Kunsthochschule
Kassel (Tel.: +49 (0)151/684 04 568; are
available to answer any questions that applicants for this position may

The employment and performance requirements apply pursuant to ßß 61,
62, 64 of the Higher Education Act of Hessen.
Application deadline: 30.01.2019

The Universit‰t Kassel is highly interested in its employeesí professional satisfaction. Therefore its Dual Career Service and its Family
Welcome Service aim to promote the balance between partnerships, families and professional development. Among the strategic goals
of the Universit‰t Kassel is to considerably increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Therefore, applications from
women are especially desired. Applicants with disabilities, who are equally qualified and suitable, will receive preference.

Please submit your application including CV, certificates, credentials, list of publications, 3 selected reprints, presentation of research
strategy, list of courses taught, statement of teaching strategy. Applications in German or English language can be sent, with reference
number, in electronic form to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel or to
In the event of any differences between the German and English versions of this call for applications, the German wording is legally binding.

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