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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Depart­ment of His­tory and Cul­tural Stud­ies - Art His­tory Insti­tute

Uni­versity Pro­fessor of East Asian Art His­tory

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will cover research and teach­ing in the field of East Asian Art His­tory.

Along with the reg­u­lar offi­cial duties of pro­fess­ors lis­ted in Art­icle 99 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate to engage in the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies:

The new pro­fessor will be expec­ted
  • to act­ively par­ti­cip­ate in the other regional research areas at the Art His­tory Insti­tute, in addi­tion to East Asian stud­ies being done else­where in the depart­ment,
  • to con­trib­ute to the work being done through col­lec­tions, museums, and research insti­tu­tions here in the Ber­lin area (e.g., the Museum for Asian Art, the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence, etc.),
  • to sup­port research ini­ti­at­ives at Freie Uni­versität that relate to their area of expert­ise,
  • to enthu­si­ast­ic­ally par­ti­cip­ate in teach­ing and advising respons­ib­il­it­ies and to address gender and diversity issues as part of their cur­riculum.


Appoint­ment require­ments are gov­erned by Art­icle 100 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (§ 100 Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz).

Applic­ants should have out­stand­ing exper­i­ence in East Asian Art His­tory across mul­tiple peri­ods and regions. They are expec­ted to be highly skilled in at least one of the lan­guages in the regions of study and also to be act­ively engaged in work related to cur­rent debates in cul­tural stud­ies, includ­ing the­or­et­ical debates and ques­tions of meth­od­o­logy. They should have exper­i­ence with inter­dis­cip­lin­ary pro­jects and research set­tings, in addi­tion to an inter­na­tional teach­ing record. The new pro­fessor is also expec­ted to demon­strate a his­tory of excel­lent research work, as well as exper­i­ence in acquir­ing and lead­ing extern­ally fun­ded research pro­jects.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should include a CV, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates of aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish; let­ters of appoint­ment (please add trans­la­tions if applic­able), a list of pub­lic­a­tions, a list of courses pre­vi­ously taught and evid­ence of teach­ing aptitude. Please include inform­a­tion on involve­ment in ongo­ing and future research endeavors, joint research pro­jects, extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects and, if neces­sary, lan­guage cer­ti­fic­ates. If applic­able, please give inform­a­tion on part­ner­ships with industry, inven­tions/pat­ents, and spin-offs.

All mater­i­als, includ­ing a per­sonal postal address and email address, must be received no later than April 23rd, 2020, prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally. Please indic­ate the ref­er­ence code for the pos­i­tion when you sub­mit your mater­i­als in one PDF file (max­imum 5 MB), to the fol­low­ing address:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Depart­ment of His­tory and Cul­tural Stud­ies
Dean’s Office
Heike Will­ing­ham
Fabeck­straße 23-25
14195 Ber­lin


Applic­a­tion guidelines, gen­eral inform­a­tion on the appoint­ment pro­ced­ure, appoint­ment require­ments for pro­fess­or­ships at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, and the reg­u­la­tions defined by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act that are rel­ev­ant to pro­fess­or­ships (Art­icles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,102c Ber­lHG) can be found online:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.