Job: PhD position: Architectures of Order: Practices and Discourses between Design and Knowledge. Goethe-University Frankfurt

The advertised position is part of the LOEWE project “Architectures of Order: Practices and Discourses between Design and Knowledge”. 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 subjectification. 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 a research project within the research area „Parallel Projection as Symbolic Form” (Prof. Dr. Barbara Wittmann) which focuses on the history of parallel projection as a visualization technique in the arts and sciences since the early modern period. Especially comparative projects on the epistemic value of parallel projection are highly welcome.
  • Cooperation in the organization of scientific events.

Requirements. The successful candidate for the position has a keen interest and strong skills in the history of science/technology, science and technology studies, media studies or art and architectural history. Applicants are expected to hold a Master’s degree, a Diploma or equivalent in any of these or a closely related field. His*her previous research should show an interdisciplinary interest. Very good knowledge of English and at least passive German language skills are also expected. Experience with the organization of scientific events is welcome.
Academics with an excellent research profile in the mentioned field are invited to submit their applications including the usual documents and short abstracts of the dissertation project (three pages) until 15 February 2020 by e-mail (in one document) to Prof. Dr. Barbara Wittmann, b.wittmann@udk-berlin.de.

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