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Apply by: 2021-09-09

Full Professor of Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts

Published 2021-07-01

Job description
ACPA is a research institute of the Faculty of Humanities, and is part of the intensive collaboration between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague. 

The professor:
  • Provides stimulating supervision (as main or co-supervisor) for PhD research, directs PhD tracks and manages supervision teams comprising artists and theoreticians;
  • Shapes the constantly evolving teaching and supervision programme, which has a distinctive status in an international context; 
  • Fulfils a bridging function between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague, specifically its Royal Academy of Art; 
  • Is involved in education in the field of research in the visual arts at BA, MA and PhD level, within both Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague; 
  • Initiates and conducts original research at international level;
  • Actively connects with other research within Leiden University that is relevant for artistic research, both within the Humanities and in other faculties; 
  • Contributes to the discourse on research in the arts at national and international level, thus also contributing to the development of the vision of research in the arts within ACPA;
  • Is prepared to take on administrative, organisational and management tasks. 
The candidate we are seeking:
  • Has a PhD in a field relevant for this chair;
  • Has an overview of contemporary practice in the visual arts and design in a historic perspective, and has broad experience with working with contemporary artists and designers;
  • Has demonstrable experience in and knowledge of the field of higher arts education and academic education and research;
  • Is abreast of the international discourse on artistic research and has well-developed views about artistic research that are consistent with those of ACPA;
  • Has the skill to recognise the potential of research proposals that can lead to successful completion; 
  • Holds a clear and recognisable position in the art world; 
  • Has a large national and international network of artists and theoreticians who can act as potential supervisors and reviewers of research; 
  • Has the ability both to lead and to collaborate and has experience with acquiring external research funding; 
  • Has an excellent command of both Dutch and English; non-Dutch-speaking candidates should bear in mind that the professor will be expected to have acquired a good command of the Dutch language within a period of two years, Dutch being the operational language within Leiden University. 
Conditions of employment
The professor will be given an employment contract with the University of the Arts The Hague for 1.0 FTE. The appointment will be for a period of five years with an evaluation after one year and with the prospect of a permanent contract. The starting date will be 1 February 2022. Within this appointment, 0.7 will be as a full professor at Leiden University on the basis of a ‘(guest) ‘professor-agreement’. In addition, 0.3 FTE will be a lectorate at the University of the Arts The Hague. The gross monthly salary based on a full-time appointment is a minimum of € 5,797.43 up to a maximum of € 8,225.67, in line with the Collective Labour Agreement for universities of applied sciences (CAO-HBO) and depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The appointment as lector at the University of the Arts is based on D-4, article 2 of the CAO-HBO. The University of the Arts The Hague has excellent employment benefits, including a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague aim to achieve a diverse staff body. In order to achieve a more even gender balance in the ACPA team of professors, female and gender-fluid candidates are expressly encouraged to apply.

Leiden University

The Faculty of Humanities has a wealth of expertise in the fields of philosophy, history, history of art, arts, literature, linguistics, religious studies and area studies of almost all parts of the world. The Faculty offers staff and students from the Netherlands and abroad an inspiring international working environment and opportunities for diversity and innovation. The research at the Faculty is organised within seven institutes. More detailed information, can be found on the website of the Faculty of Humanities.

ACPA is an institute of the Faculty of Humanities and has a firm base in the two faculties of the University of the Arts The Hague. The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK)  and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (KC). The KABK and KC have some 1,800 bachelor’s and master’s students of visual arts, design, music and dance, including their subdisciplines. ACPA also collaborates with research institutes and teaching programmes of the Faculty of Humanities and other faculties at Leiden University.

ACPA offers two PhD programmes: PhDArts for visual arts, design and other art disciplines, and docARTES for music, a collaboration between various institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. 

ACPA plays an important role in the exchange of students at bachelor’s and master’s level between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague. Leiden students can follow programmes at the KABK and the KC. Theoretical elective courses are also offered in the arts, where students from Leiden and The Hague participate together in programmes. 

Additional information
Further information about the vacancy can be obtained from Erik Viskil, Academic Director of ACPA, email e.viskil@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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