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  • PhD Funding: Comparative Studies of Performance Art in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1960

    PhD Funding: Comparative Studies of Performance Art in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1960
    University of Aberdeen, Department of Film and Visual Culture
    Supervisor: Dr. Amy Bryzgel

    This proposal invites PhD research topics that focus on comparative studies of performance art practices—including body art, action art, happenings and events—in the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Studies of performance art in the region have primarily taken the form of single-country studies. This proposal invites scholars to examine the development and manifestations of performance art across borders—locally regionally or globally. Example of projects can include: the development of performance art in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania); the Baltic and other Soviet countries; a juxtaposition of performance art practices in Central Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria); or a more broad comparison between particular practices in the Soviet Union, Central Europe, and Yugoslavia. Of particular interest would be a project that focuses on the “blind spots” of East European art history, for example, Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania. In exploring the nuances of performance art practices in these different socio-political contexts, this project aims to broaden our understanding of the range of experimental art practices that were developed across the communist East. This is just one example of the sort of project that might be available in this research group. The precise project will be decided upon in consultation with the supervisor.

    Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Individuals with a strong research background in the field of Eastern European contemporary art and/or performance art, from either an art history or visual culture background, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the necessary language skills needed to undertake the proposed research, and should consider funding sources for travel to conduct field research abroad if it is necessary to the proposed project.

    The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture has a lively postgraduate community. Postgraduate students are offered a comprehensive programme of research skills training.

    This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.

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  • PhD Funding: Artistic Re-enactments of Performance Art as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern Europe since 1960

    PhD Funding: Artistic Re-enactments of Performance Art as Vehicles of Cultural Transfer in Eastern Europe since 1960
    Project Supervisor: Dr. Amy Bryzgel, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen

    This proposal invites PhD research topics that focus on artistic re-enactments of performances from across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in recent artistic practice. There are numerous examples of artistic re-enactments across the region, providing scope for a range of dissertation topics. Projects can include comparative studies, for example, of the relevance of re-enactments in one local tradition versus that of another; or single-country studies of a number of re-enactments being staged in one context. Dissertations will address the following research questions: what are the various functions of artistic re-enactments of performances in Eastern Europe? How do these functions compare with current understandings of re-enactment in the West? How can re-enactments be used to access a lost or inaccessible history (such as performance art in Eastern Europe)? Also welcome are proposals that consider revisiting culturally relevant or historically significant places by artists or within the context of artistic re-enactments.

    Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Individuals with a strong research background in the field of Eastern European contemporary art and/or performance art, from either an art history or visual culture background, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the necessary language skills needed to undertake the proposed research, and should consider funding sources for travel to conduct field research abroad if it is necessary to the proposed project.

    This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.

    The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture has a lively postgraduate community. Postgraduate students are offered a comprehensive programme of research skills training.

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  • PhD Funding: MODERNIZATION, CULTURAL EXCHANGES AND INNOVATION IN RUSSIAN PRINT CULTURE: ST PETERSBURG IN THE TALBOT COLLECTION

    Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) FUNDED PHD RESEARCH PROJECT:

    “MODERNIZATION, CULTURAL EXCHANGES AND INNOVATION IN RUSSIAN PRINT CULTURE: ST PETERSBURG IN THE TALBOT COLLECTION”

    DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY, OXFORD

    Applications are invited for a doctoral studentship, awarded by the Oxford University Museums AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, on the subject of modernization, cultural exchanges and innovation in 19th-century Russian print culture. The award will be held in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and will be supervised jointly by Dr Rosalind Blakesley and Dr Wendy Pullan (University of Cambridge) and Dr Catherine Whistler (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford). The award holder will commence a fully-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge in October 2016.

    The PhD will use an interdisciplinary approach to examine key questions on modernization, the city and cross-cultural exchanges in Enlightenment and 19th-century Russia. The primary, unpublished research material is found in the Talbot Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, a unique and virtually unknown resource of c.1000 prints dating from the early 18th to the mid-19th century, whose imagery relates to the construction and character of St Petersburg as an imperial capital. This collection will be used to examine the nature of print production and dissemination within the context of Russian modernisation and urbanisation. There is scope for the successful candidate to define and pursue their own research questions appropriate to the primary research material. Comparative studies of visual and archival material may involve travel and research time abroad.

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    The studentship will cover tuition fees at home/EU rate and provide a maintenance award at RCUK rates for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study. See http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/160125/

    In addition, the Ashmolean Museum will allocate up to £2,000 to the award holder each year, to a maximum of £6,000 over the duration of the studentship, to cover costs associated with undertaking research in Oxford.

    ELIGIBILITY AND HOW TO APPLY

    All applicants should meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements. Please see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/documents/guides/research-funding-guide/

    Interested candidates are asked to submit their full applications, by the deadline of 5.00 pm on Wednesday 23 March 2016, and also to have two academic references sent by the same deadline. The further particulars provide full details of the material required and how and where to submit this.

    For full details, including further particulars, see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANC802/ahrc-cdp-studentship/

    Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Dr Rosalind Blakesley. Enquiries relating to the administration of the studentship can be directed to Dr Nichola Tooke or +44 1223 760122

  • Opportunities: Celebrating Print magazine

    Celebrating Print magazine is a new resource for printmaking and fine art print in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a biannual magazine, published in print, focusing on modern and contemporary print and practice of printmaking in the context of contemporary art. Contributions from art historians, curators, and printmaking educators include surveys of trends in printmaking in individual countries, with profiles of artists and reviews of their works through scholarly articles, interviews and project presentations.

    The magazine will be presented at the CAA 2016 Book & Trade Fair (table #533). Website: http://www.celebratingprint.com/.

  • Opportunities: Dodge Assistantships for Graduate Study in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University

    The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University offers Dodge Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates admitted to the Department of Art History who are committed to research on unofficial art of the former Soviet Union. Established in 2002 with a generous endowment from the Avenir Foundation in honor of Norton T. and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship program provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as an annual stipend for living expenses, to graduate students (known as Dodge Fellows). Travel funds for research and language study abroad, as well as for participation in conferences, are also available to Dodge Fellows by formal application.

    Dodge Fellows who enter Rutgers without a master’s degree are eligible for five years of assistantship funding. During the course of the first three years, students are obliged to work 15 hours a week in the Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet curatorial offices; the subsequent two years support dissertation research and writing without any work obligation. Those who enter with a master’s degree are awarded four years of funding, reflecting a shortened period of coursework required for the doctoral degree.

    Work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Dr. Jane A. Sharp, Associate Professor of Art History and Research Curator for the Dodge Collection, and Dr. Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, with the assistance of other museum staff. The fellows perform a variety of tasks such as curatorial assistance in exhibition and catalogue production as well as administration and collection management. During the third year Dodge Fellows are given the opportunity to curate their own exhibition from the Zimmerli’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection.

    Please refer to this link for more information: http://arthistory.rutgers.edu.

    Application and Selection Process: Dodge Assistantships are awarded by the Department of Art History in consultation with the Zimmerli’s Director and staff to incoming graduate students. For information about the Dodge Assistantships, contact Professor Jane Sharp.

  • Opportunities: Studienreise: Russische Avantgarde

    Das Deutsche Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris (DFK) bietet in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Historischen Institut in Moskau (DHI) mit Unterstützung der Europäischen Universität in Sankt-Petersburg eine Studienreise an:
    Moskau und Sankt Petersburg, May 22 - 28, 2016
    „Russische und westeuropäische Avantgarde in Moskau und Sankt-Petersburg um 1900“ Deadline: Feb 15, 2016

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  • Opportunities: Patterns Lectures Call for Proposals for University Courses

    PATTERNS LECTURES: CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR UNIVERSITY COURSES

    Application deadline: The call for submissions is open from 19 January 2016 to 7 March 2016.

    PATTERNS Lectures has launched a new call to develop university courses in the fields of artistic research, art history, cultural theory and cultural studies. The fourth edition of the programme focuses on new artistic and activist practices, new social movements and their significance for the recent cultural history in Central and South Eastern Europe (CEE). The programme aims to research, analyse and understand different aspects of cultural practices related to the transformation of society, life, art and culture in CEE, while accounting for the pluralities that characterise the region.

    The programme stresses critical methodology as well as innovative and interactive teaching practices. It encourages international academic exchange by enabling lecturers to go on study visits and offer guest lectures by international colleagues.

    All application documents including guidelines are available for download at http://www.erstestiftung.org/patterns-lectures/

    Witih further questions, please contact: patterns@wus-austria.org

  • Six Postdoctoral Positions at Harriman Institute, Columbia University (2016-17)

    Applications are due by January 15, 2016

    The Harriman Institute postdoctoral fellowships allow junior scholars to spend a specified term (from one semester to two years, depending on the type of fellowship) in residence at Columbia University in New York. All fellows are assigned a faculty mentor. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to concentrate on their own research and writing; to give a brownbag seminar on their research, and to post a related Working Paper on the Institute’s website; and to be active participants in the Institute’s scholarly community and events. All postdoctoral fellows receive university IDs that provide access to the full range of resources within the Columbia library system, and the Institute makes every effort to provide desk space for all postdoctoral fellows. The Institute provides funds to sponsor workshops, conferences, and special events planned by fellows around their particular interests.

    The Harriman Institute has three types of postdoctoral fellowships: general (three positions, two years), the INTERACT Central Asia (one position, one year), Serbian Studies (one position, one year); and Ukrainian Studies (one position, one semester). Candidates should indicate which program(s) they are applying for in their cover letters.

    Eligibility for the 2016 competition is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between July 31, 2013 and June 30, 2016 and who do not hold a tenure-track position. All fellows must successfully defend and deposit their dissertations prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

    Information on each program and application details: http://harriman.columbia.edu/visitor-programs/fellows

  • Opportunities: Scholar-in-Residence Programs at Hillwood

    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces its 2016 Scholar-in-Residence Program. PhD candidates and other highly qualified scholars conducting research that may benefit from Hillwood’s holdings are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 500 words, stating the necessary length of residence, materials to be used and/or studied, and the project’s relevance to Hillwood’s collections and/or exhibition program, including, but not limited to: art and architecture, landscape design, conservation and restoration, archives, library and/or special collections as well as broader study areas such as the history of collecting or material culture. The project description should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation. Materials will be reviewed by the selection committee. There are three potential types of awards:

    Type #1: 1 week - 10 days
    Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; housing near campus; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs.

    Type #2: 1-3 months
    Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

    Type #3: 3-12 months
    Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; visa support (if necessary); a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

    Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Company, which later became General Foods, the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens houses over 17,000 works of art. Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, testament to the life of an important 20th-century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. It includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside of Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to early Soviet periods, an outstanding collection of French and European art, and jewelry, textile, fashion, and accessories collections. Scholars will have access to Hillwood’s art and research collections based on accessibility and staff availability. The Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogues, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members.
    Application deadline: March 01, 2016
    Applicants will be notified by March 20, 2016
    Submit applications or inquiries to Scholarinresidence@hillwoodmuseum.org

  • Opportunities: Post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh

    http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/faculty/fellowships

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    The University of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowships—one in the arts and humanities, and one in the social sciences and professional disciplines—to begin in September 2016 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet regions of Eurasia. These fellowships are designed to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers while simultaneously building their teaching records.

    The UCIS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian & East European Studies are for two years, renewable for an additional (third) year. Fellows will be expected to pursue their own scholarly work and participate in the academic and intellectual activities of UCIS and REES, as well as the department or professional school with which they are affiliated.

    Each of the UCIS/REES Fellows will teach one course in the first year, two in the second year, and two in the third year if the fellowship is extended. The specific courses to be taught will be determined according to fellows’ interests and the needs of their departments and REES. However, it is anticipated that each fellow will co-teach the interdisciplinary REES capstone course, through which undergraduate students undertake a major research project as part of the REES certificate program requirements, at least once during the fellowship period. Fellows will also be expected to support the Center’s annual graduate and undergraduate student conferences and other Center outreach activities.

    The annual stipend will be $40,000, plus benefits. The UCIS/REES Fellows are eligible to apply for REES Faculty Small Grants, up to $3,000 annually, to support their research agenda.

    Eligibility: We invite applications from qualified candidates in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional disciplines who have received the PhD or final professional degree from a university other than the University of Pittsburgh no earlier than December 2013. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from their department chair or advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. The fellowship may not begin before the candidate has actually received the PhD or equivalent final degree in a professional discipline. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose application is supported by an agreement from a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to serve as mentor for the candidate during the period of the fellowship.

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