JOB: Full professorship in Contemporary Art and Global and Social Challenges (Utrecht University)

Utrecht University (UU) invites applications for a Full Professor in “Contemporary Art and Global and Social Challenges”. The Chair is situated in the Art History Section, at the Department of History and Art History (GKG). We are looking for an experienced researcher and educator who aspires to be at the forefront of their field of study, who is committed to designing and teaching inspiring teaching programmes and who is an emphatic and engaging leader.

As a Chair your research focusses on modern and contemporary art’s encounters with global and social challenges such as, but not limited to, ecology and climate change, transcultural exchange, and identity. We welcome candidates who also consider the roles museums, art and heritage institutions, curators and other cultural mediators play in relation to global, environmental and social challenges. If you have or are willing to develop and sustain strong ties with the art institutional and museum and heritage field you are especially encouraged to apply.

Our successful candidate will teach and co-teach several courses per year, including participation in first-year introductory and other undergraduate courses. Teaching and supervision also involves the (Research) Master and related programmess at University College Utrecht (UCU). Being able to contribute to the ongoing process of re-thinking courses and programmes with new and exciting lectures and topics is an essential requirement of the position. For an impression of UCU you can have a look on our social media channel.

At the Department, and the UU in general, we encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and are committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are looking for you if you have strong social skills, you are committed to work together with a diverse team of scholars, university staff, students, and societal partners. You are expected to take on management tasks and lead a team in which your colleagues enjoy working together and contribute to cutting-edge and significant scholarship.

About the Art History section
Art History at Utrecht University focuses on art, architecture and cultural heritage from the Middle Ages to the present. We look at our own geography and at transcultural relations and exchanges with other places in Europe and the world. We seek the challenging, new and relevant questions that can provide art and architectural history and the heritage sector with creative, critical ideas, analyses and solutions. To this end, we engage in critical scholarship and theoretical reflection. We develop creative and innovative research methods, also inspired by interdisciplinary technical, digital and other perspectives. We seek to deepen the study of objects and images by connecting them to ideas, environments and people, from makers and commissioners to mediators and users. This connects us to the heritage sector. We maintain productive relationships with museums, heritage institutions and other cultural and art institutions and places at home and abroad. There is significant potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments and research domains within History and within cross-departmental and faculty-wide research hubs, including for example the Heritage and Public History Lab, the Network for Environmental Humanities, the Center for Digital Humanities and with research groups from other faculties.

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The application deadline is January 15, 2024. 

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