Eikones Graduate School – Invitation to apply for 4 PhD scholarships

Страна: Швейцария;

Город: Basel

Добавлена: 15.06.2015

Работодатель: University of Basel

Тип: PhD position;

Для кого: For researchers;


for the period October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018
Submission deadline July 30, 2015

in the fields of art history, musicology, philosophy, German literature, media studies, egyptology

eikones, the NCCR Iconic Criticism at the University of Basel, has pursued the question of the power and meaning invested in images through interdisciplinary research since 2005. eikones accordingly brings together 40 scientists from different disciplines whose PhD theses and Post-doctoral projects are grouped in modules following specific questions. In addition, the Graduate School forms an integral part of the NCCR Iconic Criticism and offers PhD students numerous opportunities to participate on an interdisciplinary level.

Supported projects will examine images from a systematic standpoint that relates to a key concept of the NCCR Iconic Criticism: the “singularity of images.”

This notion describes the NCCR’s object of study well: the image and images, their genesis and history, and their role in praxis and theory. For heuristic purposes, three interrelated dimensions of singularity have been identified:

A) The singularity of an individual image in relation to a plurality of images

For much of its history, the study of images has focused on the individual image and thereby privileged those that are artistically or historically distinctive. In contrast, research at the NCCR, since its inception, has profited from a fruitful friction between the image in the singular and images in the plural. The project is built upon the conviction that the effective potential and meaning of an individual or distinctive image can only be analyzed in its relation to a plurality of images meaning that neither the singular nor plural need be privileged. Instead, the “singularity of images” encompasses both the individual image singled out and the image imbedded in particular relations.

B) The singularity of constellations of images

From a second perspective, the constellations in which individual images stand in relation to one another can themselves be understood as singular. An analysis of images in constellations should not presuppose a “system of images,” according to which images would be merely determined through internal differentiation, as in a structuralist system of signs. Rather, such an analysis has to consider the singularity of constellations and the plurality of images both in their own historicity and in their image-specific form. Constellations of images include a diverse spectrum of objects such as human artifacts, visual manifestations, products of psychic, cognitive, or instrumental processes, linguistic or semantic, scenic or performative phenomena, and, not least, works of art.

C) The singularity of images in practices

Finally, images and related phenomena should be considered in relation to artistic, social, epistemic, religious, economic, and scriptural practices, in which contexts they evince singularity in a third manner. They contribute to the ways in which these practices become perceptible, arrested, formatted, and, to different degrees, condensed, made concrete. In doing so, images do not only function as representations of practices. Rather, their singularity consists in acquiring their own, irreducible meaning and agency, that enables social, esthetic and epistemological continuities, prompts change, and grounds new practices that only become conceivable thanks to the images’ specific capacities to format and condense.

Supported PhD projects are expected to relate to the notion of “the singularity of images,” whose contours are outlined here, making use of it in the context of their respective methodological approaches and their empirical or historical lines of inquiry.

Relevant Information PhD Supervision

Dissertations must be advised by an appropriate faculty member at the University of Basel.
Fellowships will only be awarded following consulations with the project’s adviser.

Application Requirements
  • A degree in a field relevant to the subject matter, especially art history, music studies, philosophy, German literature, media studies, egyptology. Applicants currently receiving their degrees
    are also invited to apply.
  • Supervision of the PhD must rest with one of the professors at the University of Basel.
    PhD students must matriculate at the University of Basel for the duration of the fellowship period.
  • PhD projects must be completed during the funding period.
  • The Master’s degree should not date back more than 2 years. Well-founded exceptions are possible.
  • Official languages are German and English. Additional language skills are desirable. Scholarships
    can be granted to international applicants and those from Switzerland.
  • Students must be willing to collaborate collegially in interdisciplinary groups and to acquire
    new fields of knowledge.
  • Scholarships commence on October 1, 2015. Scholarships are granted for an initial duration
    of 1 year and can be extended by 2 years based on positive interim evaluation
    (maximum duration: 3 years, until September 30, 2018).
  • Place of work is Basel. A work place in the eikones building and other infrastructure will be
    made available.
The following criteria will be considered in the selection procedures:
  • accordance with formal requirements
  • academic qualification und background
  • quality of project proposal
  • deep knowledge of current state of international research
  • congruency with main research interests of the Graduate School
  • eligibility for academic career
Application Materials
  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Letter of Motivation
  3. cv, Copies of Degree Certificates
  4. Contact details for two references
  5. Project outline (approximately 10 pages)
  6. Work schedule for 3 years (1 – 2 pages)
  7. Writing sample (chapter of Master’s thesis, approximately 20 pages)

Please submit all documents combined in a single pdf-file (max. 10mb) tobildkritik@unibas.ch

Submission deadline: July 30, 2015

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be held in Basel on August 21, 2015. Please keep these dates available in case of an invitation.


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