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  • 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

    FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, SEE FULL POST

  • 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.

    FOR COMPLETE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, SEE FULL POST

  • Opportunities: Two Visiting István Deák Visiting Professorships in East Central European Studies (Columbia University, New York)

    Columbia University invites applications for two István Deák Visiting Professorships in East Central European Studies for one semester each (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2016-2017. The professorship, commemorating Professor Deák’s legacy of excellence in research and teaching, is open to scholars who have active interest and accomplishments in East and Central European studies. ONE appointment will be at the rank of Visiting Professor. The second will be an open-rank appointment to be filled at any level from Visiting Assistant to Visiting Full Professor.

    The visiting professors will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses, one a course of broad interest for upper-level undergraduates, and the other for graduate students. The visitors are expected to give one public lecture and participate in the academic life of the University, whose interests in East and Central European studies are well represented on campus by the East Central European Center, the European Institute, and the Harriman Institute.

    Please provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference, and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests.

    Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. or professional equivalent. Distinction in research and teaching in the field of East and Central European Studies.

    Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

    Review Begins Date: 12/1/2015

    Special Instructions to applicants: All applications must be made through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Using RAPS, applicants can upload the following required materials : a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size).

    For inquiries about the position please contact Alan Timberlake.
    For questions about the RAPS application process please contact Jamie Bennett.
    To apply, go to: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=61665

  • Opportunities: 2 Project Associates (PhD Students) sought for "Museums and Controversial Collections" project

    Deadline: December 15th, 2015

    The project “Museums and Controversial Collections. Politics and Policies of Heritage-Making in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Contexts” (HeMaMuse) is looking for two doctoral students as project associates.

    The two year project (October 2015- September 2017) is financed by the Romanian Research Agency (UEFISCDI) and administered by the New Europe College-NEC in Bucharest. “Museums and Controversial Collections” is a young researchers’ project developed to bring together a pluridisciplinary team (political and legal anthropology, philosophy, aesthetics, (art) history and museum studies) and to promote the development of international research networks. The project will fund fieldwork and research trips for associated doctoral students, but also travel costs for conferences and other events related to their research and to those organised by the project HeMaMuse. Associate members will be asked to collaborate in the organisation of project events, including summer schools and to help coordinate and edit publications.

    Conceived in relation to a wider field of scholarship that has in the last decades interrogated the role of museums in a postcolonial and postsocialist context, the project’s main premise is to consider museums as loci of memory and heritage, but also as fundamentally political places, where the relationships between the past, the present, and the future of a society are forged. It aims to consider a series of topical questions to current museum practice: What is the relationship between the postcolonial-era museum and the “source” communities of the objects exposed? How do/ can post-colonial museums deal with the legacy of the colonial past? What interactions exist between the colonial archives and current artistic practices? Moreover, the research will adopt and develop the abundant post-colonial analysis of museums to the research context of problematic museum collections in Eastern Europe. How can post-colonial studies help understand museums in the post cold-war era? Can similar practices be observed in these museums as they deal with very different, difficult pasts? The aim of the group is to open the possibility of a comparison between the case studies undertaken by each of the six members of the team, including the two associated doctoral students. Studies already concern the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the British Museum in London, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, the Institute of the National Museums of Congo in Kinshasa, the Iziko Museums of South Africa, and several national and international networks and associations of museum professionals.

    Doctoral students are invited to submit a research proposal either directly related to their doctoral work or dealing with a subject related to the project’s themes.

    Applications (in English ou en français) or informal enquiries concerning the positions can be sent to damiana.otoiu@fspub.unibuc.ro and felicity.bodenstein@khi.fi.it before December 15th, 2015. They should include a C.V., a research proposal (3 pages), a 2 page summary of the PhD research project if the topic is different from the research proposal and a cover letter explaining his/her interest in the project and describing the research or fieldwork for which the applicant would like to obtain funding.

    Project members: Damiana Otoiu, Phd, project leader, lecturer in Political Anthropology, University of Bucharest
    Anna Seiderer, Phd, lecturer at the University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis Vincennes
    Simina Badica, Phd, curator at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest
    Felicity Bodenstein, Phd, Postdoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florenz

  • Opportunities: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: COURSE DEVELOPMENT STIPENDS FOR RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE, AND EURASIA

    Through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, six Title VI National Resource Centers plan to award stipends to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop and incorporate greater content about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia into the curricula of the institutions at which they teach. These National Resource Centers (NRCs) receive grants under the Higher Education Act to train specialists in the study of the countries of this region and to work with other postsecondary institutions to expand Russian, East European, and Eurasian content in the classroom. Faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions throughout the U.S. are invited to apply for a course development stipend. Awards will be from $1,000-$3,000. All full-time, regular part-time, and adjunct faculty are encouraged to apply. Applicants can propose to redesign an existing course or to develop a new course including at least 25% content on Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia. Funds will be made available to awardees in the form of a stipend and/or for purchase of curriculum materials, research related travel (including conference attendance), or consultation with a faculty member from a participating NRC. Awardees can also access the library of one participating NRC during the funding period. To be eligible as a minority-serving institution, applicant institutions are those listed by the U.S. Department of Education as eligible for Title III and Title V for FY2015.

    Full details on the competition and the application package can be found at: http://slaviccenter.osu.edu/curriculum-development-stipends.

    The application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016. To submit an application by email or for more information, write to Eileen Kunkler at the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University. Award notifications will be sent out by late January 2016.

    Participating Centers: Indiana U., Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center
    Indiana U., Russian & East European Institute
    Ohio State University, Center for Slavic & East European Studies
    U. of California, Berkeley, Institute of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies
    U. of Pittsburgh, Center for Russian & East European Studies
    U. of Washington, Ellison Center for Russian, East European, & Central Asian Studies

  • Opportunities: Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices Postdoctoral Fellowships (Berlin)

    Application deadline: January 15, 2016

    Call for Applications

    The Berlin-based FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the research program ART HISTORIES AND AESTHETIC PRACTICES. KUNSTGESCHICHTE UND ÄSTHETISCHE PRAKTIKEN for the academic year 2016/2017.

    ART HISTORIES AND AESTHETIC PRACTICES is a research and fellowship program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries of art history in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for scholars from all continents and regions, it aims to discuss the potentials and contours of a plural history of art. It especially invites scholars from Islamic, Asian, African, Australian, European art histories and those of the Americas to join the program, but also addresses neighboring disciplines such as Archaeology and other fields dealing with the history of visual cultures. ART HISTORIES AND AESTHETIC PRACTICES analyses the connectivity of larger historical spaces in a transregional perspective and investigates artistic and aesthetic practices and the history of artifacts in a comparative approach, experimenting with new methodologies and forms of collaborative research. The concept of AESTHETIC PRACTICES introduced by this program, is an invitation to study artifacts with their biographies as well as processes of transfer and transformation in a transcultural, postcolonial and global perspective. The program has no chronological or geographical constraints. It collaborates with the museums of Berlin, the Berlin universities, as well as other international and national academic partners, and aims at an intense interaction of art historical institutions. Its scholarly environment is designed to enable and encourage both fellows and the wider community to experiment and refine transregional approaches to the history of visual cultures and aesthetic practices.

    For more detailed information about the program please visit http://www.art-histories.de/

    FOR COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS ON APPLYING, SEE FULL POST