Uppsala universitet,

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

Department of Art History:
The department of Art History offers education on the basic level, advanced level and phd level as well as conducts research within the three disciplines of art history, textile studies and conservation at two locations, Campus English Park in Uppsala and Campus Gotland in Visby. The department aims towards a wide and open research profile encompassing art, architecture and urban studies, design, cultural heritage management, conservation, cultural entrepreneurship, textile studies and fashion history as well as digital art history. The perspectives encompasses historical as well as contemporary studies in all three disciplines. More information may be had at our website: http://www.konstvet.uu.se.

The research program Engaging Vulnerability:
The Department now announces a Ph.D. position in art history or textile studies aimed at collaboration with the research programme Engaging Vulnerability. This research programme is a decade-long multidisciplinary research program (2015-2025) financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) with support from the Vice-Chancellor's strategic funds and the Faculty of Arts at Uppsala University.
Project description: The goal of the program Engaging Vulnerability is to conduct empirical research and develop theoretical perspectives engaging vulnerability as a productive resource rather than as a lack or privation. In the fall of 2020, research within the program will include new phd students in the history of ideas, idéhistoria, anthropology, ALM, aesthetics, classical archaeology and history. More information about the program can be found at http://www.engagingvulnerability.se

The research programme Engaging Vulnerability is open to dissertation projects on a very broad range of possible research questions and empirical areas within the fields mentioned above. Suitable topics may engage with studies of social as well as sexual vulnerability, activism and resistance, gender or environmental issues, sustainability and resilience that has been expressed in various artistic or craft projects, processes or practices in different media. Other possible topics could be place, space, architecture, design, technology and material, as well as industries, normbreaking expressions of identity and other kinds of exposed conditions in the present or further back in history. However, the application must explain clearly how the proposed project can contribute to the overall aims of the research programme, and how the project will build on existing competencies and extend the program in vital directions. Of relevance is also how meaning is created and transmitted in the multimedial world of today and how the conditions for the practice of art and craft is changing with the introduction of new digital techniques and artificial intelligence. 

The doctoral position:
Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee at the department. Local salary rules will apply. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and participate actively in the department's seminar and other activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved, up to a maximum of 20% of full time. The employment will in such cases be prolonged correspondingly. The languages used at the department are Swedish and English. Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1. The general study plan for phd students may be found at Http://www.konstvet.uu.se

To qualify for a doctoral position in either art history or textile studies at Uppsala University, a candidate should have a master's degree. Applicants who have obtained qualifications and degrees equivalent or comparable to that level are also eligible to apply. Local guidelines and regulations (in Swedish) can be found at the website of the Faculty of Arts: http://www.histfilfak.uu.se/Forskning/Forskarutbildning/

Additional qualifications:
Knowledge of Swedish and English is an important merit as the education will take part in both languages.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1.


Should be written in Swedish or English and include:
1. A brief cover letter describing yourself, your research interests, why you wish to pursue doctoral studies, and why you think you will be a suitable candidate for the position announced. Be sure to explain specifically why you want to come both to the department of Art History and the Engaging Vulnerability program.
2. Degree certificates, relevant transcripts of grades, and dissertations.
3. Brief CV, maximum one page, stating qualifications and general research interests.
4. A preliminary research plan of 2-3 pages. The research plan should describe and specify the inquiries or problems that you wish to engage with, and clarify the relevance of the study to previous scholarship. The plan should also include a brief section on possible material and sources for the study, and on methodological and theoretical considerations as well as its connections to vulnerability.
5. Publications (if any) and other relevant documents that you wish to have taken into considerance.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 24-08-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: temporary department head Leif Kirsebom + 46(0)70-4250393 director of studies for the phd program Britt-Inger Johansson, britt-inger.johansson@konstvet.uu.se, +46(0)18-471 50 48 eller +46(0)70-167 98 08.

Please submit your application by 3 April 2020, UFV-PA 2020/645.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-08-24
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/645
  • Leif Kirsebom, 070-4250393
  • Britt-Inger Johansson, 018-471 00 00
Published 21.Feb.2020
Last application date 03.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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