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REPOSTING: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art: The Art Museum in a Fragile Ecology

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art offer a postdoctoral fellowship in the research project: “The Art Museum in a Fragile Ecology.” The position is funded by a scholarship from the Ny Carlsberg Foundation, and it is to be filled as soon as possible.

The research project aims to rethink the art museum within the fragile and open position that we find ourselves in facing the climate and biodiversity crisis. The project explores how the visual arts of our present moment engage with a non-human field, ranging from artificial intelligence to climate change.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is Denmark’s oldest and largest educational institution for the practice in the visual arts. The Laboratory of Arts Research, to which the postdoctoral candidate will be affiliated, supports the artistic development of both BFA and MFA students by providing them with methodological and conceptual frameworks. The Laboratory also carries out artistic and curatorial practice-based research at the Ph.D. level. The postdoctoral fellow will be employed at The Art Academy and will become part of a research environment that naturally collaborates with other departments at the school.

ARKEN houses one of Scandinavia’s finest collections of contemporary art, and in recent years the museum has had a special focus on the relationship between the human and nature. In addition, ARKEN has a considerable research activity and publishes the research publication ARKEN Bulletin with which the postdoctoral fellow will be engaged.

Job description

The purpose of the three-year position is to strengthen the research of Danish museums. ARKEN defines the research project in terms of content, in collaboration with the postdoc. The project is anchored at the Laboratory of Arts Research at the Academy of Fine Arts, and is carried out in collaboration with students, researchers and teachers. The Academy of Fine Arts houses the project and provides office facilities for the postdoctoral fellow. The research project is expected to result in a number of teaching courses at the Academy of Fine Arts, preferably in collaboration with ARKEN, a number of peer-reviewed research articles, contributions and editorial assistance to ARKEN Bulletin as well as ongoing support and development of the research cluster at ARKEN. In addition, the successful candidate will try out the possibilities of organizing an international conference within the framework of the project.

Qualification requirements:

• Applicants must hold a PhD degree or have required a pre-approval of a PhD degree.

• Documented research experience in art history, art theory, visual culture or investigative artistic practices. It is an advantage with some knowledge of practice-based artistic research and/or curatorial experience.

• Knowledge of discourses within the research fields of the Anthropocene, ecological thinking and museum theory. An international network within these fields is also required.

• Personal suitability and passion for teaching and willing experience in organizing workshops, seminars and academic conferences.

• Experience in publishing in international research journals and anthologies as well as experience with editorial work.

• Ability to collaborate, both internally and externally at The Art Academy and ARKEN.

• Experience in organizing, project managing and meeting deadlines.

Terms of employment

Appointment is regulated by the agreement for academics in the Danish state (overenskomst for akademikere i staten). The position is limited to 3 years and the working hours are 37 hours per week. The application process takes place in accordance with the order of the hiring of artistic/scientific staff at certain educational institutions under the Ministry of Culture (BEK nr 1123 af 22/08/2018). The rector establishes an assessment committee, which decides whether the applicants possess the required qualification. The committee gives a written assessment of the applicants’ professional qualifications to the rector. The rector then sets up a hiring committee. The process is expected to take 2-3 months.

Application deadline:

The application must reach the Academy of Fine Arts on September 1, 2020 at 12.00, at the latest. The application must be sent via this link and must include the following:

• Project description in Danish, English or Scandinavian languages ​​on 3-5 pages, including letter of motivation, description of research project, research networks and a schedule. The description should present a research project of its own within the context of the outlined field.

• Educational certificates (including documentation of PhD degree).

• CV and publication list, possibly exhibition portfolio (max 5 pages).

• Teaching portfolio or examples and ideas for organizing research-based teaching.

All applicants regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply.

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You can read more about the Academy of Fine Arts at and about ARKEN at