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4 Early-Stage Researcher Positions for the Innovative Training Network FEINART in Socially Engaged Art

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860306


Zeppelin University (ZU) in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance is a private, state-recognized endowed university offering bachelor, master and PhD programs in economics, cultural studies and political science. It is committed to interdisciplinarity, internationality and individuality in research and teaching.


Zeppelin University invites applications for the positions of


4 Early-Stage Researcher Positions for the Innovative Training Network FEINART in Socially Engaged Art

within the Department of Culture & Communication. Given the Covid-19 crisis and the uncertainty about travel, we decided to extend the recruitment deadline until the 31st August. The positions are to be filled until beginning of February 2021.


FEINART is an extensive collaboration between degree-awarding research-centres in political philosophy, art theory/practice and curatorial studies/cultural management, and the independent European art sector, as the basis for the first interdisciplinary and holistic investigation of the democratic role and function of socially engaged art in Europe. In this it will train 11 Early-Stage Researchers in order to provide the relevant academic and non-academic skills to engage with the challenges of this new artistic and cultural landscape. The 11 ESRs will be spread across four academic Beneficiaries (University of Wolverhampton, 3 ESRs; University of Iceland, 3 ESRs; University of Edinburgh, 1 ESR; Zeppelin University, Germany, 4 ESRs) and 7 Partner Organizations (POs) (Tensta Konstall, Sweden; BAK, Netherlands; State of Concept, Greece; W-Est, Italy; Tranzit.ro, Romania; Biennale Warsaw, Poland; and Iceland University of the Arts, Iceland). The selected POs represent an exemplary cross section of small-scale and larger independent spaces – projects spaces, cultural centres, art labs/research hubs - working under different demands and expectations, yet all providing invaluable support and resources for artists working in the area of socially engaged practice. The training programme, as such, will provide invaluable data about the distribution, impact, and role of socially engaged art as a future contribution to funding policy recommendations on state support of art beyond the museum’s traditional functions, and debates on art and public culture. For more information: www.feinart.org.

The project is a culmination of 10 years research and teaching on art in the public sphere, art and social engagement, new forms of displaying, and arts administration at ZU. It represents a major contribution to international debates on art and democracy, cultural policy and art and new publics. The project will draw on the support of researchers in the Center for Cultural Production and its postgraduate students in this field. ZU offers an exceptional academic body and cohort, a pleasant working environment and highly motivated students, optimal student-supervisor ratio, fellow researchers always close at hand to exchange ideas, 24/7 access to the library, and the administration's commitment to excellent service.

The job purpose is to join the FEINART Innovative Training Network as Early Stage Researchers and carry out research and the writing of a PhD thesis on one of the following topics:

ESR 7: European funding policy and employment for socially engaged art

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This PhD project aims to produce a financial analysis and social overview of institutional support and employment data for socially engaged art in EU countries.


  • Director of Studies: Prof Dr Martin Tröndle
  • Secondments: Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2 months); State of Concepts, Athens (3 months); Tranzit, Romania (2 months): University of Edinburgh (3 months)
  • Requirements: Master’s degree in Arts Administration, Cultural Policy or Sociology (other fields might be considered) with an overall grade of at least 2.0 (German grade “good” or equivalent to this German grade)


The appointee should have an interest and proven prior knowledge in the field of cultural policy, arts administration, as well as experience in quantitative and qualitative empirical social research.

ESR 8: Art and social engaged practice in major national contexts: the case of Germany

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This PhD project aims to survey and assess the socially engaged art programmes and resources of independent art spaces (Art Labs/Hubs) in Germany, with particular emphasis on the role of the new curator.


  • Director of Studies: Prof Dr Karen van den Berg
  • Secondments: University of Wolverhampton (4 months); University of Edinburgh (4 months)
  • Requirements: Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies, Arts Administration, Art History or Cultural Studies (other fields might be considered) with an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 (German grade “good” or equivalent to this German grade)


The appointee should have an interest and proven prior knowledge in the field of arts administration, curating, art theory, and socially engaged art.

ESR 9: New forms of artistic labour and socially engaged art

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This PhD project aims to study and theorize the changing function and role of artistic skills in relation to the collaborative and participatory character of socially engaged practice.


  • Director of Studies: Prof Dr Karen van den Berg
  • Secondments: Teatr Scena Presentacje /Biennale Warsawa (2 months); University of Wolverhampton (4 months) University of Iceland (4 months)
  • Requirements: Master’s degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Arts Administration, or Cultural Studies (other fields might be considered) with an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 (German grade “good” or equivalent to this German grade)


The appointee should have an interest and proven prior knowledge in the field of art theory, artistic knowledge and skills, participation, socially engaged art, and art activism.

ESR 10: Socially engaged art and digital network culture

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This PhD project aims to study assess the impact of the digitalization on artistic labour, audience participation and the transmission of knowledge in socially engaged art.


  • Director of Studies: Prof Dr Karen van den Berg
  • Secondments: Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (3 months), BAK (Basis voor Actuele Kunst), Utrecht (3 months); University of Iceland (3 months)
  • Requirements: Master’s degree in Art History, Media Studies or Cultural Studies (other fields might be considered) with an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 (German grade “good” or equivalent to this German grade)


The appointee should have an interest and proven prior knowledge in the field of art theory, media theory, digitalization, participatory art practices, socially engaged art, and/or art activism.

The duties of each successful candidates are to

  • Complete a doctoral dissertation on the assigned research topic
  • Acquire an excellent understanding of artistic practices in a social, economic, political and institutional context 
  • Propose and develop new models of research in relation to the themes and topics of the FEINART program
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant literature and empirical data
  • Write papers on the assigned topic for national and international conferences and journals
  • Present work at national and international conferences, and at FEINART network events as requested
  • Travel nationally and internationally to attend the FEINART program and training activities
  • Contribute to the FEINART project website through a blog and other content as requested
  • Complete all the required tasks and stages of the FEINART research program 
  • Interact with other ESRs across the FEINART network and work in team or group as required
  • Attend regularly training events and meetings of the FEINART network
  • Participate actively in the collaborative and collegiate functions of the FEINART network 
  • Participate in secondment training activities as required by the FEINART program and the supervisory teams
  • Write supporting documents on the progress of research activities, e.g. reports, interim reports
  • Monitor and evaluate results, being prepared to accommodate new developments
  • Maintain communication and working relationship with the supervisory teams
  • Pursue other duties and responsibilities as may be required within the level of the post

Salary

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Successful candidates will receive a 3-year full-time employment contract. As per MSCA regulations, the salary includes a


  • living allowance of €3,270 per month (employer gross amount) with a country correction coefficient to be applied
  • a mobility allowance of € 600 per month and a family allowance of € 500 per month depending on family situation. Please note: the exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment, depending on German tax regulations and correction coefficient

Admission requirements

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Applicants must

  • have earned a master’s degree in the disciplines specified for the respective research fields (art history, curating, arts administration, social science, or cultural studies; MA degrees in alternative relevant fields may be considered), earning a total score of at least 2.0 (German grade “good”) or a grade equivalent to this German grade and have special technical qualifications to be admitted to the doctoral program as Ph.D. student (doctoral candidate)
  • not have spent more than 12 months in Germany in the three years immediately before the employment start date
  • be an Early-Stage Researcher and must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged
  • have the ability to conduct long-term research
  • have the ability to write and communicate in English (minimum overall IELTS score: 7.0 or TOEFL overall score of 100)
  • be highly motivated and have a personal commitment to the success of the research project as a whole
  • demonstrate an excellent understanding of artistic and/or curatorial practice in a social and political context and/or in relation to policy making and social theory
  • have the ability to present research in public contexts; capacity to work to deadlines understanding of the parameters of doctoral research, including originality and ability to take own initiatives knowledges of debates concerning art institutions
  • excellent teamwork skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • pro-active and professional approach to high-quality research
  • the willingness to undertake the foreseen secondments to beneficiaries and partners abroad


Application

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Applications must include

(Applications for one of the 4 announced positions at ZU must be submitted via email wrapped in one PDF-File to the address below)

  • a curriculum vitae including the description of the personal and professional background, indicating clearly that you are in the first 4 years of your research career, that you do not hold a doctorate, and have not spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior the project recruitment date, in the country of the Beneficiary you are applying to. As such, the CV must specify your country/countries of residency over the last three years. Successful candidates will be required to provide a certified copy of their Master’s degree in English, as well as an official certificate of good conduct, prior to employment
  • proof of graduation from a university including the score
  • proof of special technical qualifications in the form of a proposal of 2500 words that demonstrates the research interests for the planned PhD training programme and how the applicant envisages undertaking the research project (including a time schedule and a bibliography). The proposal must provide a clear theoretical framework of research within the given parameters of each project (a maximum of two research proposals from the 11 projects offered can be submitted)
  • the names of two referees (only the referees of successful candidates will be contacted)


Candidates will be shortlisted in September and interviews will take place at the end of the year. The successful candidates will start in beginning of February 2021.


Please note that all applications received will be retained on record by the beneficiaries (University of Wolverhampton, University of Iceland, Zeppelin University and University of Edinburgh) for audit purposes up to 5 years after the end of the project. Therefore, by applying candidates agree to have their data stored and processed for this length of time.

Zeppelin University is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants with disabilities will be given priority. Zeppelin University supports the compatibility of family and work and promotes gender equality in science. Qualified women are expressly encouraged to apply. The FEINART project is committed to adopting to a fair, open & transparent recruitment process adhering to equal opportunities and the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter.

The documents are to be send wrapped in one PDF-File to

Heidi Hahn | feinart@zu.de


To ensure full consideration, applications must have been received by August 31st, 2020.

CONTACT

For additional information please contact: Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg (chair of appointment committee) | Zeppelin University | Am Seemooser Horn 20 | 88045 Friedrichshafen | karen.vandenberg@zu.de.

van den Berg, Karen Prof Dr phil
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1311
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1399
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