Job: Postdoc-Position Architectural History and Theory. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

The Art History Department at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main welcomes applications for the full-time position of a Research Assistant (Postdoc) (E13 TV-G-U) starting 1 January 2020. The position is limited to 4 years and is assigned to the Chair of Architectural History.

The advertised position is part of the LOEWE project “Architectures of Order: Practices and Discourses between Design and Knowledge” at the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture (CCSA). The four-year research focus is supported by the Hessian State Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence, with the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History participating as partners.

“Architectures of Order” refers to the importance of order techniques in architectural practices and focuses on the relevance of architectural thought in social discourses. The project takes this context into account by understanding architecture as a cultural ordering practice that operates at the interfaces of control, knowledge, design and subjectivation. It asks, first, about the creation of order through architecture, second, about the significance of architecture for non-architectural order narratives, and third, about the interaction of both spheres. The project bundles competences in architectural history, history, cultural and media studies, sociology and design theory and integrates architectural design and media practice.

The possible candidate is expected to:

– develop and process a research project within the research area “Order as Subjectivation” (Prof. Tanja Paulitz/Prof. Dr. Carsten Ruhl) which among other topics focuses on the significance the architect’s image has for the societal construction of subjectivity and order,
– co-coordinate the project area,
– organize joint research projects and events of the LOEWE cluster.

Requirements for this position are an excellent PhD in the fields of architectural theory, architectural history, history of science, cultural and social science, sociology or technology history. The previous research should show an interdisciplinary interest. Very good knowledge of English and at least passive German language skills. Experience with the organisation of scientific events is desired.

Academics with an excellent research profile in the mentioned fields are invited to submit their applications including the usual documents and short abstracts of the dissertation thesis and a further research project (three pages each) by e-mail (in one document) to Prof. Dr. Carsten Ruhl, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut der Goethe-Universität, Senckenberganlage 31, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. E-Mail: ruhl@kunst.uni-frankfurt.de

Applications are welcome until 23 October 2019.

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