Terra Foundation for American Art in Berlin

New Teaching Opportunities in Berlin with the Terra Foundation for American Art

Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at the Institute of Art and Visual History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Deadline: December 13, 2017

With funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for the teaching and study of American art and visual culture (pre-1980). Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career, not currently holding or having held a permanent university position, and having received a Ph.D. within four years of taking up the award.

The appointed postdoctoral fellow will be expected to teach one seminar per semester, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The teaching language will be English. The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to liaise with the Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin by organising symposia or other events that aim to internationalize the field of historical American art. Appointed for two years (from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020), the postdoctoral fellow will in turn have the opportunity to advance his or her research and career by being exposed to the lively methodological discussions and research activities that are characteristic of the Institute of Art and Visual History of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Applicants are asked to submit their materials electronically to Franziska Greiner-Petter (franziska.greiner-petter@hu-berlin.de) at the Institut für Kunst und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany. These should include the following:
(1) cover letter;
(2) curriculum vitae;
(3) research and teaching proposal (max. 4 pages); and
(4) two letters of recommendation (these should be sent separately by the referees).

The annual salary will be determined following state pay regulations (TV-L 13), depending on the fellow’s qualifications. A research allowance up to $6,500 and a language study stipend up to $5,000 will also be included.

Deadline: December 13, 2017.
Applicants selected for interviews will be notified in January. The interviews will take place on February 22 and 23, 2018 at the CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Please visit the Humboldt Universität website to consult the legally binding German version. An English translation is also available here


Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professorships at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Three eight-month visiting professorships will aim at fostering the cross-cultural, trans-disciplinary scholarly engagement with North American Art at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) and the art history departments of Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität, respectively. Visiting professors will offer two specialized seminars per semester in American Art History (B.A. and M.A. levels) and participate in the larger academic community of the Kennedy Institute for the duration of their stay. On top of teaching, candidates will be strongly encouraged to supervise theses in their areas of expertise and are expected to organize one international research event, conference, or symposium in Berlin in order to further facilitate the expertise in, and increase the visibility of, the fields of North American Art History and Visual Culture Studies at the institutions involved.

In the course of the current application process, three candidates will be appointed, one professor for each of the three upcoming academic years, 2019/20, 2020/21, and 2021/22, in sync with the German academic calendar (from November through June). Candidates can apply for more than one of the periods of tenure, but can be appointed to only one of the three. The stipend for the eight-month professorship is $96,000, including travel and lodging.

Please, send applications (including C.V. and suggestions for the research event and seminars) to:

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Department of Culture
Prof. Dr. Martin Lüthe
Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Deadline: January 15, 2018.

For any questions regarding the applications and the process, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Lüthe: martin.luethe@fu-berlin.de


Courses taught by Terra Foundation for American Art scholars in Berlin

The Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for 2016-2018 is Larne Abse Gogarty

In the Winter term 2017-2018, Larne Abse Gogarty offers the following course:

MA Seminar: Blackness in American Art and Visual Culture (Held fortnightly from 2nd Nov 2017. Each seminar is three hours, from 2pm-5pm (c.t.) and held in Room 3.42, Georgenstraße 47.

This course addresses theories and histories of blackness in American art and culture. We take a thematic rather than chronological approach in order to critically examine the construction of blackness through the histories and aftermaths of slavery. A significant inspiration for this method is Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake (2016) which forms a core text for the course. Other reading material includes writing by W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Frantz Fanon, Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Fred Moten, David Marriot, Huey Copeland and Darby English. Artists covered include Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Jacob Lawrence, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Charles White, and we also consult popular visual culture, cinema and literature. If you wish to participate in this seminar, please email larne.abse.gogarty@hu-berlin.de by 23 October to sign up and receive the moodle password and reading for the first session on 2nd November.

The Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin for the winter term 2017/2018 is Lauren Kroiz (UC Berkeley)

Lauren Kroiz offers the following courses at the John F. Kennedy Institute,Winter term 2017-2018:

BA Race and Representation in the United States since 1890 (course number: 32101) Wednesdays 10 a.m. – noon, Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7‐9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; first session on November 1, 2017

This class focuses on theories and visualizations of race in the United States during the twentieth century. Class sessions will be organized around chronological case studies of diverse subjects made in varied media, including Thomas Dewing’s tonalist paintings, baby albums, the art of the Harlem Renaissance, photographs of WWII Japanese American internment, civil rights movement posters, and conceptual art by the collective ASCO. Drawing on critical theories of race and representation, in this course we will interrogate complex and sometimes vexing notions of race, ethnicity, visuality, visibility, authorship, identity and display in historical context. Please register at: culture@jfki.fu‐berlin.de

MA U.S. Modernism and the Culture of Things   (course number: 32112) Wednesdays 2 – 4 p.m., Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7‐9, 14195 Berlin) room 319; first session on November 1, 2017

This seminar will introduce students to the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of “thing” theory to examine the relationships of objects, subjects and things. We will consider the materiality and agency of inanimate objects themselves, as well as the role of objects in establishing and mediating social relationships. In addition to our theoretical focus on things, we will also situate U.S. modernism historically as a phenomenon formulated within a culture of proliferating consumer goods. We will draw on methodologies from art history and material culture studies, as well as literature studies, anthropology, and political science. We will also examine primary source materials from the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. Please register at: culture@jfki.fu‐berlin.de