10 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices

Deadline: 15 January 2016
Open to: applicants who have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years
Fellowship: monthly stipend of EUR  2,500


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken for the academic year 2016/2017. Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices is a research and fellowship program which questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries of art history in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for scholars from all continents and regions, it aims to discuss the potentials and contours of a plural history of art. It especially invites scholars from Islamic, Asian, African, Australian, European art histories and those of the Americas to join the program, but also addresses neighboring disciplines such as Archaeology and other fields dealing with the history of visual cultures.

Art Histories fellows are given the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within a transdisciplinary and transregional context. They are expected to engage in the program activities, such as regular seminars, workshops, conferences and a travelling seminar. In the overall context of the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices program and the framework of the Forum Transregionale Studien, the fellows will be part of a creative, intellectually stimulating and discursive environment.


Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years (before their application). Applications from all continents and regions, with various disciplinary backgrounds, such as Art Histories, Archaeologies and all relevant neighboring fields dealing with artifacts, artistic production, and aesthetic practices relating to objects, images and architectures are welcomed. Applicants should be interested to engage in reflexive and transdisciplinary research.


The fellowship starts on 1 October 2016 and ends on 31 July 2017. In particular cases, shorter fellowship terms may be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of EUR  2,500 plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organizational support regarding visas, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants are expected to take up residence in Berlin.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016. To apply, please send the following documents exclusively by e-mail as separate word or PDF files:

  • A curriculum vitae (in English);
  • A project description (no longer than five pages / in English);
  • A sample of scholarly work (about 20 pages of an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter);
  • Names of two referees (including their e-mail addresses).

Please address your application to arthistories@trafo-berlin.de. Successful candidates will be notified by April 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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