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Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Culture 1004835

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of associate professor of aesthetics and culture at the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology.
The associate professorship begins on 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position
The aim of this position is to strengthen the focus on the theory and methodology of aesthetics and culture with regard to the interplay of cultural, aesthetic and digital dimensions of society in a primarily contemporary perspective. 
We are seeking an innovative and dedicated applicant who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange. The successful applicant is expected to contribute actively to the academic and collegial activities relating to the department’s degree programmes.
Applicants must document research results at an international level concerning the following areas: aesthetics within its cultural context, cultural theory and history, and contemporary aesthetics and culture in combination with the fields of intermediality, media and technology. 
Teaching and supervision
The successful applicant must be willing to participate in multidisciplinary teaching and research activities with regard to the interplay of cultural, aesthetic and digital dimensions of society primarily from a contemporary perspective. Applicants must be qualified to perform teaching duties in both culturally and aesthetically oriented subjects, specifically on the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in aesthetics and culture and the Bachelor’s supplementary subject in aesthetic communication. Please consult the academic regulations for a more detailed description of the degree programmes and individual courses. Applicants should specify and explain their qualifications to teach aesthetics and culture, outlining their qualifications in specific courses rather than in all the courses conducted by the department.

Applicants with experience of project-oriented, interdisciplinary and team-based teaching, and of participating in the development of new teaching modules and degree programmes, as well as outreach-related activities, will be preferred. The successful applicant may also have to undertake teaching duties at other departments at the School of Communication and Culture. 

Owing to the international orientation of the programme, the associate professorship involves teaching duties in English. 
Talent development
The successful applicant will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities at BA, MA and PhD level.
Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications relevant to the position.
Applicants must also document:
  • an internationally oriented research profile as documented by an international peer-reviewed research publication record, with research that combines contemporary aesthetics and culture with issues of intermediality, media, technology and digital culture
  • a contemporary research perspective based on a historical grounding in European aesthetic and cultural history
  • research that documents a strong theoretical understanding of aesthetics within its cultural context, and of cultural theory and history in general
  • experience of interdisciplinary and international research collaboration and research networks
  • experience of or an interest in knowledge exchange with the surrounding society
  • teaching and supervision competences and experience at all levels, as well as an interest in researcher talent development
Candidates who can document experience in the following areas will be preferred:
  • organising international and interdisciplinary conferences
  • editorial experience
  • an interest in or experience of applying for external research funding
For more information about the position, please contact Head of Department, Associate Professor Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen, email: 
The Aesthetics and Culture degree programmes conducted by the department focus on art and culture in modern society in a broad sense. Based on a broad conception of aesthetics, the focus is placed on the analysis of art and aesthetic phenomena and the roles they play in culture in a contemporary but historically reflected perspective. The programmes incorporate and develop theories and approaches which transcend the boundaries of individual art forms and traditional research fields.
The research environment
The department’s researchers are active in various national and international research collaborations within the programme’s central fields: theories of aesthetics and culture as well as aesthetic and cultural analysis. Current research interests include the mechanisms and consequences of aestheticisation as well as questions of mediality and intermediality, audio culture, the democratic public sphere, participatory culture, and the concept of contemporaneity. The central degree programmes offered are the BA and MA in Aesthetics and Culture, and the supplementary subject in Aesthetic Communication.
Work environment
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of establishing one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries. 
The Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology, the School of Communication and Culture, and Aarhus University respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained.
The Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts combines educational, theological and humanistic knowledge in order to strengthen Aarhus University’s efforts in the areas of research, researcher talent development, knowledge exchange and education. For further information, please see the Faculty of Arts website

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts:


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