JOB: Two Postdoctoral Research Positions (University of Birmingham, UK)

Application deadline: Nov 4, 2014

Postdoctoral Research Associates

The Department of Art History and Visual Studies is seeking to appoint two postdoctoral researchers for the research project "Promoting National and Imperial and Identities: Museums in Austria-Hungary 1864-1918," funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Based at the University of Birmingham, the researcher positions are full-time appointments for 3 years and are available from January 1, 2015.

The project consists of a comparative analysis of the politics of art and design museums and exhibitions across Austria-Hungary, examining case studies in Vienna, Graz, Budapest, Prague, Cracow, Brno and Zagreb.

As a comparative study, central importance will be given to analysis of source documents in a wide range of languages; consequently, the Department is seeking to appoint one researcher with a high level knowledge of Hungarian and another with a high level knowledge of Croat, Czech and/or Polish.

The researchers will be required to assist in the documentation, interpretation and analysis of primary visual and and textual sources, as well as working with partner museums in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. They will also be required to contribute as co-authors to the major research publications of the project.

Applicants will be expected to hold a PhD in the art history, cultural history or political history of Habsburg central Europe or in the field of museology.

For an informal discussion about the positions, and for more detail on the project, applicants are encouraged to contact the project co-ordinator Prof. Matthew Rampley (Email:; Telephone: +44 (0)121 415 8344).

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