University Lecturer (UD) in the Anthropology of Art, Netherlands (Full-Time)

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), is inviting applications for the position of a University Lecturer (UD) in the Anthropology of Art, Netherlands.

Alfred Gell, Gregory Bateson, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and several other anthropologists have enriched art history with new methods and methodological insights, offering sophisticated analyses of visual materials and the place of artworks in social networks. Their work demonstrates the centrality of the anthropology of art in both anthropology and art history debates. More recently, closer attention has been paid to the different ideas of aesthetic value in different societies. With this vacancy text, LUCAS and the Department of Art History want to confirm and even strengthen their expertise in studying the anthropology of art. They look for candidates closely involved in the intersection between art history and anthropology and well-informed of the latest insights.

  • Engage in all usual forms of instruction in these programs, including supervising internships and excursions, supervising BA and MA theses, both in Dutch and in English;
  • Prepare and teach courses on the intersection between art history and anthropology (the cross-cultural study of art, material culture, social institutions, exchange relations, gender, ethnicity, etc.), especially in modern and contemporary art in the BA tracks
  • Play an active role in recruiting Dutch and international students by contributing to open days, orientation, and information sessions;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of educational innovations – also in digital form;
  • Conduct research based on an individual research plan within one of the research programs of LUCAS and present the results in the form of publications, conference presentations, and other means;
  • Acquire project funding at the national, European, and international level (NWO, ERC, Horizon Europe, etc.);
  • Co-supervise Ph.D. candidates;
  • Participate in the academic community of the Institute;
  • Bring an extensive network in the working field.
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  • Salary range, depending on training and experience, is from € 3.746- € 5.127 gross per month,
  • An attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %),
  • Training and career development and sabbatical leave.,
  • Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
Job Requirements

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduated and completed a PhD on a topic regarding the intersection between art history and anthropologyAwareness of current issues, viewpoints and innovative methods within the field;
  • Experience with educational innovations;
  • Research profile that fits within LUCAS;
  • Proven track record of excellent independent research, as demonstrated by a substantial list of publications and awards/grants;
  • Demonstrable and outstanding teaching skills (demonstrated by e.g. teaching evaluations, BKO/UTQ registration, etc.);
  • Experience in teaching at both bachelor’s and master’s level;
  • (Near) native proficiency in the languages of instruction, Dutch and English;
  • Competences: flexible, excellent communication skills, team worker, conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting and result orientation.
Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their application via the online recruitment system, Their application should include:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
  • A letter of motivation (in Dutch) (maximum 2 A4);
  • An outline of their research plans for the coming years, with clear potential for grant applications (maximum 2 A4);
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available);
  • Two letters of recommendation.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021

For more information and application, visit the official site.

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