PhD Grants – Stipend

Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle an der Saale, Germany
Final Date of Application: 31.03.2018

The Graduate School “Techniques of Future-Making” at the Research
Cluster “Society and Culture in Motion” (SCM), Halle (Germany) announces
the following openings:

10 grants for Ph.D. students (EUR 1500/month) for 24 months with the
possibility of a 12 months extension

Applications must be received (not postmarked) by March 31st, 2018

Beginning: October 1st, 2018

Ph.D. Grant Descriptions:

The guiding subject matter of SCM is the study of the motion and
transformation of ideas, artefacts, and models in space, time and
between social fields. New technological, political, judicial, as well
as economic frameworks have increasingly trans-local and quite often
global meanings due to their translations into local contexts. SCM aims
to devise concepts that allow for the description of these translation
processes, paying particular attention to creative strategies of
adaption, transformation and redeployment of travelling epistemic or
normative elements. Thus, we aim to understand the reflexive and
stimulating potentials in experiences with unfamiliar cultural or social

Consequently, our primary concern goes beyond the migration of people as
an economic and political process in order to focus on the challenges
and chances that symbolic and normative elements in motion bring about.

From this perspective, we expect interdisciplinary research projects on
aspects of creative resistance, adaptation and camouflage that can be
identified as forms of translation of travelling ideas and models.

The focus could be on historical and social as well as transdisciplinary

Central research topic for the granted projects: Techniques of

Neither the preconditions nor the consequences of the global movement of
elements, which form ever new configurations through their adaptation to
more or less sharply defined contexts, are sufficiently known.
Furthermore, the global movement of elements sets a new framework for
the localisation and stabilisation of social orders – frameworks that
are also insufficiently understood. New technological, political,
judicial, and economic frameworks, indicators and innovations have
increasingly trans-local and quite often global meanings that have to be
appropriated locally. This process always produces something new, yet
the product of this process can seldom be anticipated with a sufficient
degree of certainty. Translation and mediation are therefore important
concepts for the analysis of these processes.

The new forms of movement generated by the last wave of globalisation
(reaching back to the 1980s) entail a number of pressing problems, which
can be characterized by the threatening and juxtaposed scenarios
“homogenisation” and “fragmentation”. The future world is imagined
either as gravitating toward an increasing homogenisation that will bit
by bit destroy the plentiful diversity (ranging from seeds to cultural
and social forms), or as leaning toward an increasing fragmentation that
will result in the incommensurability of human life forms. In this
context, we can exemplify the clusters’ research question by means of a
central problem brought on by the last globalisation wave.

We therefore invite research projects that explore potentially fruitful
ways to deal with these topics.

Who can apply?

Potential Ph.D. students must hold an MA degree (equivalent to the
German MA) in social sciences or humanities, or an equivalent degree
entitling the holder to take up Ph.D. studies in Germany. In order to
fully participate in and take advantage of the GS “Techniques of
Future-Making”‘s activities, ontinuous presence of the students in Halle
is required. Applications must include the following documents:

– Cover letter
– Copy of M.A. certificate (English or German)
– Transcript of Records (if available)
– CV
– Outline of a research proposal together with project timeline (3.000 –
5.000 words). This proposal should relate to the general topic of
“Techniques of Future-Making” (see above for a description of central
research topic). Furthermore, we ask that you include details of your
research progress (if any) up to the time of application.
– Letter of recommendation written by an academic supervisor from the
previous university.
– Proof of adequate knowledge of English (if a non-native speaker).

What we offer: 

The GS SCM offers in particular:
– Transdisciplinary seminars and workshops on various subjects.
– Presentations and talks by visiting scholars.
– Workshops related to key skills training.
– A framework for discussing dissertation projects.
– In addition to the grants, the SCM offers additional financial support
for grantees with children.
– The GS SCM can also contribute to field work expenses (if applicable).
If this kind of support is required, then it should be stated and
explained in the research proposal.

The GS SCM programme is not only directed at the SCM grantees; a number
of other Ph.D. students and junior researchers are continuously taking
part in the programme. While the working language of the SCM is English,
we nevertheless request that students acquire an operative knowledge of
German (for everyday communication as well as reading skills in
scholarly literature). German language instruction is available through
the university.

What is expected from participating Ph.D. students?

We expect a sustained effort in the Ph.D. work, together with a
willingness to actively take part in the SCM schooling programme. This
involves giving presentations and papers at the trans-disciplinary
seminars, workshops, as well as on other occasions a general interest in
methodological and epistemological enquiries.

Successful completion of the degree (Ph.D.) takes place according to the
guidelines and regulations of the corresponding faculty.

Please send complete applications as shown on the SCM website:

by e-mail to:

and/or by ordinary mail to:

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Graduate School “Society and Culture in Motion”
Reichardtstr. 6
D-06114 Halle/Saale

CONF: 15th Annual Graduate Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art

Dahesh Museum of Art, New York City, March 18, 2018


Co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and
the Dahesh Museum of Art
Location: Dahesh Museum of Art, 145 Sixth Avenue, New York City

Special thanks to the Dahesh Museum of Art for the Dahesh Museum Art Prize for the Best Paper,
a gift from the Mervat Zahid Cultural Foundation

10 AM: Welcome
Peter Trippi, President of Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art

10:15 AM
Lucie Grandjean, Université Paris Nanterre, “John Vanderlyn and the Circulation of Panoramic Images in Nineteenth-Century America: Promoting and Diffusing ‘a love and taste for the arts’”
Through a study of John Vanderlyn’s panoramic venture, this presentation will show how he developed both a national and international artistic network on the American continent. Lucie Grandjean questions the status of the artist in a young democracy and re-evaluates notions of success and its impact on the artist’s career.

3:00 PM:
Galina Olmsted, University of Delaware, “’Je compte absolument sur vous’: Gustave Caillebotte and the 1877 Exhibition”
By reframing the third Impressionist exhibition as one designed by Caillebotte as a vehicle for exhibiting the most ambitious pictures of his career, this paper presents a case study for understanding how his activities as an exhibition organizer, lender, and participant shaped and were shaped by his innovative painting practice.

Lecture series: Bienniales in Transition (Porto Alegre, April 2018)

8 April 2018
Andrea Buddensieg

The recent history of biennials has gone through several stages and is closely linked to the expansion of what is called global art. The first stage dates back to the 1990s. At the time, biennials began to expand around the world. Initially counting about 20 events, today there are more than 200 and this number continues to grow. The reason for this growth of biennials from China to South America, from Gulf States to Asia is based on the fact that global art production has expanded massively. On the other hand, institutions for the presentation of art did not expand proportionally in quantity and, above all, in their budgets. After the boom in the opening of contemporary art museums (MOCA), biennials took on the role of transmitting international art and connecting with local art. Thus, curators became the principal agents of this period. In 2011, we documented this development in the exhibition “The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds” in Karslruhe, ZKM, with the help of data visualization that shows the migration of artists and curators around the world. The point, however, is that we are now approaching a new stage in which the biennial’s function is undergoing profound changes and that the questions asked so far may have to be re-examined in the face of new facts and new objectives.

CFP: Junges Forum für Sammlungs- und Objektforschung (Tübingen, 6-8 Sep 18)

MUT, Museum der Universität Tübingen, 06. – 08.09.2018
Deadline: Apr 29, 2018

“ZUR SACHE! Objektwissenschaftliche Ansätze der Sammlungsforschung aus disziplinärer, wissenschaftsgeschichtlicher und überfachlicher Perspektive”

Vom 6. bis 8. September 2018 veranstaltet das Museum der Universität Tübingen MUT gemeinsam mit der Gesellschaft für Universitätssammlungen e.V. einen von der VolkswagenStiftung finanzierten Workshop in der Reihe „Junges Forum für Sammlungs- und Objektforschung“. Eingeladen dazu sind jüngere Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, insbesondere Graduierte, Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden, aber auch PostDocs aller Disziplinen, die an materiellen Objekten und Sammlungen forschen.

Im Rahmen des geplanten Workshops am MUT sollen wissenschaftliche Fragen, Methoden und Ergebnisse vorgestellt und mit anderen Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen sowie Experten diskutiert werden. Darüber hinaus erwarten wir von den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern, dass sie bereit sind, ihre Arbeit mit Vertretern anderer Disziplinen zu erörtern und sich an der anschließenden Publikation zu beteiligen. Continue reading “CFP: Junges Forum für Sammlungs- und Objektforschung (Tübingen, 6-8 Sep 18)”

CFP: The Profession of the Print Publisher in the long 16th century (Albuquerque, NM, 1-4 Nov, 2018)

Session at the Annual Meeting of The Sixteenth Century Society & Conference (SCSC)
Nov. 1-4, 2018, Albuquerque NM
Deadline: March 15, 2018

Femke Speelberg, Dept. of Drawings and prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Session co-sponsored by the Association of Print Scholars (APS)

One of the most revolutionary changes to the field of printmaking over the course of the long sixteenth century was the growing role and influence of the print publisher. While still a rare, or almost undocumented phenomenon around 1500, by the turn of the following century the print market was largely controlled by individual entrepreneurs and well-established publishing firms. The business of print production necessitated new structures of organization, a division of labor and the creation of sales and marketing techniques that profoundly influenced choices of style, technique, subject matter and formatting, as well as taste and collecting practices.

While neglected in early print scholarship in favor of the artistic contributions of the inventor and or printmaker, in recent years much new information about the role of the publisher has come to light through conferences, exhibitions and publications. Much of this work is (by necessity) of monographic nature, focusing on individual publishers and their output. This session seeks to highlight in particular new research that further elucidates the wide-ranging functions performed by the early-modern print publisher, and through a combination of papers expand our comprehension of the local, national and transnational influence of this new profession on the print market.

Papers are encouraged to focus on:

–    Early print publishers and entrepreneurs
–    Specialized publishers
–    Publishers commissioning prints
–    Working relationships between publishers and printmakers
–    (Exclusive) Collaborations with individual artists
–    Publishers shaping the print market / collecting practices
–    Publishers influencing format / specialized subject matter
–    Publishers sourcing prints from elsewhere
–    Networks of Print Publishers
–    Rivalry and Competition between Print Publishers
–    Selling techniques
–    A Publishers Print stock and stock lists

Please submit an abstract (max. 200 words) and a brief bio (not to exceed 300 words) to Femke Speelberg ( by March 15, 2018. Papers will be chosen for one or possibly two sessions to be held during the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You will receive notification from the conveners by April 2, 2018.

STIP: History of Venice Biennale, Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Venice, Italy)
Department of Humanities
Creative arts, cultural heritage and digital humanities Cultural heritage

1 grant for a Junior researcher (Young Talent Fellowship)

Application deadline: Mar 30, 2018

Eligible applicants are researchers affiliated with foreign universities, of any nationality with 2–12 years of post-doctoral experience.

These candidates can apply for a Visiting Scholar fellowship lasting 3 months.

The history of the Venice Biennale (Esposizione Biennale Internazionale d’Arte) allows to investigate its complex events that can be articulated according to different angles: from the historical and political dynamics of the various National Pavilions to the promotion of international tourism, emerging art and international artistic currents to the fundamental issue of governance and curatorship. This event, introduced in 1895, is indeed the first and the longest in the Art Biennale – a phenomenon that is currently at the heart of a fervent world interest, to the point of influencing what is called the “biennalization” of exhibitions and that currently has about 150 biennial events in various countries, from Havana to Beijng, Odessa to Yokohama. The relevance and breadth of perspective of this theme gives way to analyzing a dense network of international relations, which includes not only artists, art galleries, critics and art experts, but also politicians, intellectuals, journalists, as well as understanding the main artistic development lines, and – through auditing sales office data and works of art loans – the impact on public and private collections. Its relevance is therefore strategic for both a city like Venice, which is the birth of the Biennale for a strategic choice of public management (the study of these issues thus becomes an excellent case study of reference), which to establish relationships with universities and scholars Internationally, because – thanks to the wide spectrum of study opportunities that can be drawn on the history of the Biennale – a large number of scholars are currently interested in investigating the history of the Pavilions, the events of international artists, the reciprocal influences between nations, connecting profitable results to our archives with what they can implement in those of their countries.

Pursued research topic has to be specified in a motivation letter – as suggested in the application form – including objectives and expected outcomes of the research activity.

Candidates must submit their applications by 30th March 2018, 12:00 pm.

Application form:

STIP: History of Venice Biennale, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia. In:, Feb 18, 2018. <>.

Conf: “Degenerate Art” in Breslau, Stettin and Königsberg (Berlin, 15-16 March, 2018)

Forschungsstelle ‘Entartete Kunst’ (FsEK) is pleased to announce the re-launch of the „Degenerate Art“ database with an extended provenance module and the complete publication of all its 21.798 datasets.
To mark the occasion, the research center “Degenerate Art” is holding a symposium dealing with the National Socialist seizures of modern art from public institutions in the former German towns of Breslau, Stettin and Königsberg in 1937 and their consequences. We look forward to seeing you at the symposium, to which you are cordially invited. Please find attached the link to the detailed program (pdf).

Freie Universität Berlin, March 15–16, 2018, Koserstraße 20, lecture hall B

(c) unknown photographer, Depot Schloss Schönhausen 1938/1939, Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (photo); Emil Nolde, Papuajünglinge, 1914, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, ehemals Königsberg, Kunstsammlungen der Stadt