Professorship (W3) "Curating Digital Objects of Cultural Knowledge and Memory" (m/f/d)
The Ruhr area, one of Europe’s largest metropolitan regions,
offers attractive career opportunities for excellent scientists and
scholars from around the world. In 2021, Ruhr University Bochum,
TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen
established the Research Alliance Ruhr to bundle their cuttingedge
international research on the most urgent challenges facing
humankind. There are four research centers and a college.
This is just the latest chapter in our long-standing collaboration
as the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), a community of 14,000
researchers and 120,000 students in the heart of Germany.
As part of the Research Alliance Ruhr, the College for Social Sciences and
Humanities is seeking to fill the following position at the Faculty of History,
Ruhr University Bochum, as soon as possible:
“Curating Digital Objects of Cultural
Knowledge and Memory” (m/f/d)
Based at the Institute of Art History at the Ruhr University Bochum, this
full-time position is aimed at scholars of exceptional caliber who contribute
a distinctive body of work to the field of digital curatorial practices
and their epistemic, ethical, political and social implications. The professorship
will focus on the question of how digital storage and display
techniques affect the epistemic status, political significance, and ethical
evaluation of objects that form cultural knowledge and memory. A further
point of investigation will be the question of how virtual objects are
represented and displayed as cultural objects of knowledge and memory
in different areas and disciplines. The position will entail a reduced
teaching load of four semester hours per week.
Applicants should have a broad and internationally visible research profile
in the history of knowledge, as well as an innovative theoretical and
methodological approach in the field of digital humanities, combined
with practical knowledge of designing cultural objects in virtual environments.
Since the profile of the professorship is expected to have strong
links to current debates on the politics of memory and postcolonialism,
transdisciplinary and transcultural research skills are also required.
As member of the College the professor will be expected to engage
in the activities of the College for Social Sciences and Humanities and
to participate in interdisciplinary research projects of the University
Alliance Ruhr. Applicants are expected to have a proven record of publications
in internationally renowned journals, experience in applying
for competitive third-party funding from national and/or international
research funding institutions, and relevant teaching experience. They
should have a record of close cooperation with cultural institutions
(museums, archives, collections, etc.). In addition, the recruitment criteria
of Sections 36 and 37 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education
Act (Gesetz über die Hochschulen des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, HG
The College for Social Sciences and Humanities will provide a forum for
the humanities and social sciences, inviting international researchers to
strengthen the existing research focus of the University Alliance Ruhr
through collaborations and the addition of new topics. The Institute for
Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, one of the oldest joint
institutions of the UA Ruhr, acts as an organizational basis for research
initiatives in the social sciences and humanities. The College will host
research groups and interdisciplinary professorships as well as different
fellow and residency programs in order to develop innovative questions
and forms of collaboration in direct exchange with international visiting
scholars. The increased collaboration opportunities will allow scholars to
broaden their research scope and expand their academic network. The
universities supporting the College also offer established research alliances
for collaboration, such as the new “Rhine Ruhr Center for Science
Communication Research”, the Collaborative Research Centre “Virtual
Lifeworlds” and, in close proximity, the Folkwang University of the Arts.
RESEARCH ALLIANCE RUHR
The Research Alliance Ruhr is a joint undertaking of the three major
universities in the Ruhr area and was initiated by the Ruhr Conference.
The four research centers focus on “One Health Ruhr”, “Chemical Sciences
and Sustainability”, “Trustworthy Data Science and Security”, and “Future
Energy Materials and Systems”. In addition, the Research Alliance Ruhr
has established a “College for Social Sciences and Humanities”.
The Research Alliance Ruhr will appoint up to 50 research professors in
the next few years and also offer numerous positions for research assistants.
Join us now to create innovations for the world of tomorrow in
Europe’s densest university landscape, where you can find a wide range
of scientific and industrial partners right on the doorstep.
If you are interested in this position,
please submit your application in a
single PDF file by February 23, 2023 to
the Dean of the Faculty of History: email@example.com.
Please provide the usual documents:
(1) CV, (2) list of publications, (3) documents
demonstrating your academic
and professional career, including copies
of certificates, (4) an exposé of your
research profile with reference to its
relevance for the College, (5) a list of
successful grant applications with third
parties, (6) an overview of your experience
in academic self-administration,
(7) a teaching-learning concept including
information on your previous
teaching activities, and (8) the application
form which can be downloaded at
Please address any questions to Professor
Dr. Ulrich Rehm, Dean of the Faculty
of History: phone: +49 234-32-22526/
-22525 or email:
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assist especially international applicants
and their families with relocating to the
Ruhr area, an up-and-coming metropolitan
region. We can advise you on
housing in urban or more rural areas
and help you find childcare if needed.
Our Dual Career Service can help your
partner with their own professional
development in the region if requested.
The UA Ruhr promotes diversity and
equal opportunities. We strive to significantly
increase the percentage of
women in research and teaching and
therefore welcome applications from
female academics. We give preference
to severely disabled applicants if their
qualifications meet the requirements.