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Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­si­tät zu Ber­lin - The Fac­ulty of Arts and Human­it­ies, Depart­ment of European Eth­no­logy

Junior Pro­fess­or­ship for “European Eth­no­logy/Social Anthro­po­logy with emphasis on Cul­tural Expres­sion”

Work­ing field:

The Fac­ulty of Arts and Human­it­ies, Depart­ment of European Eth­no­logy, invites applic­a­tions for a
Junior Pro­fess­or­ship for “European Eth­no­logy/Social Anthro­po­logy with emphasis on Cul­tural Expres­sion” from 1 Octo­ber 2020. This is a W2 ten­ure track pos­i­tion. In order to verify whether the indi­vidual per­form­ance meets the require­ments of a per­man­ent employ­ment, an eval­u­ation pro­cess will be opened not later than five years of ser­vice. The pro­fess­or­ship will be fun­ded by the „Bund-Länder-Pro­gramm zur För­der­ung des wis­senschaft­lichen Nachwuchses”. The aim of the pro­gramme is to pave the way for a secure career in aca­demia for early stage research­ers. Ten­ure track pro­fess­ors at the HU Ber­lin are expec­ted to carry out research and teach, as well as be act­ive on vari­ous uni­versity com­mit­tees and acquire lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skills. The con­crete require­ments out of the frame­work cata­logue [] will be spe­cified in the course of the appoint­ment pro­cess.
The Pro­fessor is required to con­duct research and teach­ing within the area of the Social Anthro­po­logy of Cul­tural Expres­sion. This may include mater­ial cul­ture, per­form­ance, body and embod­i­ment, media, art, design,and know­ledge. 


As part of their research and teach­ing port­fo­lio, the Pro­fessor is expec­ted to work with the col­lec­tions of the Hum­boldt-Uni­versität, espe­cially the sound archive. The Pro­fessor will also be a mem­ber of the Helm­holtz Centre for Cul­tural Tech­niques and the Centre for Anthro­po­lo­gical Research on Museums and Her­it­age (CAR­MAH), and will have the pos­sib­il­ity to work with the Uni­versity’s Object Labor­at­ory and its Hum­boldt Labor in the Hum­boldt Forum. Teach­ing con­tri­bu­tions to BA- and MA- courses in European Eth­no­logy are expec­ted. The W1 Pro­fessor will super­vise doc­toral stu­dents and con­trib­ute to research fund­ing applic­a­tions. He or she will also be expec­ted to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of a future inter­dis­cip­lin­ary Mas­ters pro­gramme. 

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant is expec­ted to have an excel­lent doc­tor­ate in the area of European Eth­no­logy/Cul­tural Stud­ies/ Cul­tural Anthro­po­logy, or a related dis­cip­line with a clear focus on eth­no­graphic research. They should have con­duc­ted research within the area of Cul­tural Expres­sion. This includes but is not lim­ited to ques­tions of mater­ial cul­ture, body and embod­i­ment, per­form­ativ­ity, media, design and know­ledge. Exper­i­ence of inter­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­a­tion is expec­ted. The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will have clear plans for devel­op­ing a new dimen­sion of this relat­ing to the Uni­versity col­lec­tions. There is a strong pref­er­ence for can­did­ates who already have exper­i­ence of work­ing with col­lec­tions, as well as know­ledge of debates about col­lect­ing, includ­ing in rela­tion to sens­it­ive col­lec­tions. 

Excel­lent com­pet­ency in Eng­lish and/or Ger­man is expec­ted. Can­did­ates who are cur­rently only com­pet­ent in one of these lan­guages are expec­ted to be will­ing to achieve full work­ing com­pet­ency in the other within two years of appoint­ment.

The applic­ants must meet the legal require­ments for pro­fess­or­ial appoint­ments in con­junc­tion with § 102c com­bined with § 102a of the ‘Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz’. We are look­ing for an early-stage-researcher who acquired her or his PhD degree not more than four years ago (excep­tions due for instance to child care are per­miss­ible).

How to ap­ply:

HU is seek­ing to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing, and spe­cific­ally encour­ages qual­i­fied female schol­ars to apply. Research­ers from abroad are wel­come to apply. Severely dis­abled applic­ants with equi­val­ent qual­i­fic­a­tions will be given pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion. People with an immig­ra­tion back­ground are spe­cific­ally encour­aged to apply.

Please send your applic­a­tion by 05.02.2020, and quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber JP/001/20 to: Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, Dean of the Fac­ulty of Arts and Human­it­ies, Prof. Dr. Met­z­ler, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Ber­lin or in elec­tronic form in one pdf file to: Your applic­a­tion must include a list of pub­lic­a­tions, a descrip­tion of your teach­ing exper­i­ence, a state­ment con­cern­ing your pro­file in rela­tion to the con­tent of the post, a plan for future research, and an out­line of anti­cip­ated teach­ing in view of mod­ules offered in European Eth­no­logy. Since we will not return your doc­u­ments, please sub­mit cop­ies in the applic­a­tion only.

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