Seeking Professor in Philosophy with a focus on Aesthetics and Theory of Art

Seeking Professor in Philosophy with a focus on Aesthetics and Theory of Art

Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig)

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July 29, 2019
Seeking Professor in Philosophy with a focus on Aesthetics and Theory of Art

Application deadline: August 23, 2019
Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig)
Johannes-Selenka-Platz 1
38118 Braunschweig

T +49 531 3919122

The Institute of Art History  at the Braunschweig University of Art is currently seeking to fill the following professorship with the starting date April 1, 2020: University Professor Philosophy with a focus on Aesthetics and Theory of Art, Salary Scale W3 NBesG.

The successful candidate will be appointed under German civil service regulations, if applicable, or otherwise as an employee. This is a permanent appointment.

Candidates must hold a doctoral and/or post-doctoral (Habilitation) degree in Philosophy. The central focus of the professorship is historical and contemporary aesthetic theory. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to engage with the whole spectrum of aesthetic phenomena, considering their political, sociological and cultural significance and how they have translated into specific aesthetic forms in the past and present. They must be able to analyse and discuss art and its developments within this aesthetic context.

The successful candidate will undertake teaching for students of the degree programmes Art History, Fine Art, Art for the Teaching Profession, Media Studies and Design.

We are seeking a person who: 
–has the ability to engage with different approaches and perspectives in contemporary philosophical aesthetics in the context of developments in historical, political, sociological and cultural theory
–is able to complement questions of philosophical aesthetics with theoretical ideas from other disciplines (e.g. psychoanalysis, art history, cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, gender studies, postcolonial theory, picture theory, media theory, cultural studies)
–is capable of reflecting on production processes in art
–is prepared to engage with mass media and their consequences along with intermedial interdependencies in the contemporary arts which are still emerging and as such cannot yet be definitively situated within existing discourses

As the HBK Braunschweig has the status of a university (i.e. the right to award doctoral and post-doctoral degrees), the appointed candidate will be expected to develop her/his own subjects of research and to play an active role in external funding for third-party funding and in academic self-governance. All candidates are expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of written and spoken German as well as social awareness, leadership skills and gender sensitivity.

Further requirements of the position are defined under Section 25 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz of June 15, 2017)

Additional qualifications of the candidates are:
–the ability and enthusiasm to establish collaborative partnerships with local contemporary art collections and museums and with other national and international universities, art colleges and other establishments
–the ability and enthusiasm to network with other areas of the HBK Braunschweig such as (especially) teacher training, art, design and media studies in the context of teaching and research

The HBK Braunschweig is committed to increasing the proportion of women in art, research and teaching as one of its strategic goals. We therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. Where candidates have equivalent qualifications under the relevant regulations, preference will be given to female candidates.

Subject to the same provisions, preference will also be given to disabled candidates (please enclose evidence of the relevant disability with your application).

The HBK Braunschweig cultivates a culture of diversity. We therefore particularly welcome applications from candidates who will increase the diversity of our staff and student body and/or who are actively working towards a culture of diversity.

The HBK Braunschweig is a member of the Dual Career Network (South-East Lower Saxony) and offers support to candidates and their families in managing dual careers.

This position is suitable for part-time employment.

The application should include a letter of motivation, a CV, your doctoral and (if applicable) Habilitation certificates, a list of your publications and teaching experience, a description of the research you propose to undertake if appointed to the position and an outline of your teaching approach and methodology. Please also list potential research partnership projects. Your application should be sent as one PDF (max. 10 MB) via email to berufungen [​at​] by August 23, 2019. The description of your research project and teaching approach should take up no more than one side of A4 paper each.

Information regarding data protection in appointment procedures can be found here.

Enquiries in relation to the application process should be addressed to Dr. Maren Klawitter,, T +49531 3919343.

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