Freie Universität Berlin - Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Tenured Professorship in Digital Humanities
salary grade: W 2 | reference code: DigitalHum
The professorship is part of the Cluster of Excellence 2020 “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” (www.temporal-communities.de) at Freie Universität Berlin. The aim of the cluster is to radically rethink the concept of literature in a global perspective which requires us to overcome traditional categories of literary history such as ‘period’ and ‘nation’. In a global perspective, literature is perceived as a phenomenon that reaches out through time, thus calling into question traditional cultural and linguistic boundaries. As a global phenomenon, literature displays a remarkable degree of complexity and fluidity as it engages in constant exchange with other arts and cultural practices. The professorship is meant to contribute to the realization of the clusters’ research agenda in the field of Digital Humanities as well as to its further development.
The successful applicant will cover the area of Digital Humanities in research and teaching:
At the interface of Literary Studies and Computer Science, the research focus of the professorship will be on methods of data modelling and the visualization of data in the field of historical research in the humanities. Of special interest are methods and processes for network analyses and, in particular, their application to networks subject to changes in space and time. Different technologies, methods and theoretical models within Digital Humanities will have to be tested, evaluated and reflected on critically. We expect the appointed professor to develop concepts for teaching methodological competence as well as impulses for the establishment and further development of Digital Humanities at Freie Universität Berlin.
The professor is expected to teach in the B.A. and M.A. programs of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities.
Appointment requirements are governed by Article 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz).
Successful candidates are required to have research and teaching experience in an international environment and a distinguished record of research within the field of Digital Humanities. Applicants are expected to have additional academic achievements in a humanities discipline, preferably with a focus on historical eras, as well as evidence of additional qualifications in computer science. We are looking for someone with research experience in the application of computer-based methods within the humanities, especially with digital network analysis, and relevant publications in the field. The candidate should be familiar with the theories and the digital implementation of the modelling and visualization of networks.
Additionally, they are required to have experience in acquiring and leading externally funded research projects.
Apart from the official duties in accordance with Article 99 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the following activities:
The appointee is expected to be head of the Research Area 5 “Building Digital Communities” of the EXC 2020 “Temporal Communities”. They will take the lead in developing a concepts for digitally representing literary history in a global perspective (Digital Literary History) including data modelling and visualization. Further, we expect the new professor to conceive Digital Humanities courses designed to be integrated into the study programs of the department of Philosophy and Humanities as well as the long-term development of innovative study courses in the field of “Digital Humanities”. The appointee will engage in and play a seminal role in setting up new collaborative research projects. They will contribute to the further development of Digital Humanities as a research field at Freie Universität in collaboration with the relevant actors and institutions in Berlin and beyond. The appointee is expected to also address gender and diversity issues relevant to the field.
How to apply:
Applications should include a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification in German or English; if applicable the letter of appointment (please add translations if needed), a list of publications, a list of courses previously taught, and evidence of teaching competence. Furthermore, please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavours, joint research projects and externally funded projects, and if necessary language certificates. If applicable for the respective content area, please give information on industrial cooperation, inventions/patents and spin-offs.
All materials including a private postal and an email address must be received preferably electronically in one PDF file (maximum 5 MB), quoting the reference code no later than February 2020, 27th at
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Philosophy and Humanities
c/o Carolin Hehn
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Application guidelines, general information on the appointment procedure, appointment requirements for professorships at Freie Universität Berlin, and regulations of the Berlin Higher Education Act which are relevant for professorships (Articles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,102c BerlHG) can be found online:www.fu-berlin.de/bbs. For additional details, please visit www.fu-berlin.de.