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Professor in Cultural Theory and Analysis 979573

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of professor in cultural theory and analysis. The position is based at the Department of Aesthetics and Culture, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University.
The appointment is tenured and begins on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position
We are seeking an interdisciplinary and dedicated candidate who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
The successful applicant must have strong international and interdisciplinary academic competences. Furthermore, the successful applicant will be responsible for multidisciplinary teaching and research activities that focus on the interplay of cultural and aesthetic dimensions of society from a (primarily) contemporary perspective and with regard to the cultural transformations of social life and aesthetics in the 21st century.
The successful applicant should be able to consolidate and improve the School of Communication and Culture’s international position of strength in terms of research, education and business collaboration as well as strengthening the consolidated interdisciplinarity of the school’s research programmes and centres. We especially want to attract candidates that take an interest in creating inclusive training environments that support the development of creative research and educational environments for younger employees.
The successful applicant is expected to engage with the role of art, aesthetics and culture when dealing with the social, digital, cultural and/or political aspects of the so-called ‘grand challenges’.
This could be done by focusing on e.g.:
  • The transforming social potential of art, aesthetics and culture
  • New participatory and affective methods for investigating art and culture’s social effects
  • The role of culture, aesthetics and art in the development of democratic publics and citizenship
  • The growing practice of implementing art, aesthetics and culture in different fields, such as health and city planning
  • User-driven social innovation through cultural and aesthetic projects
  • The role of culture, art and media production in regional development and/or social inclusion
  • Experience culture and its possible potentials with regard to social innovation and sustainability
  • The role of cultural institutions in a changing landscape of social challenges
The successful applicant must be prepared to teach a broad range of courses on the aesthetics and culture programme at both BA and MA level, and to contribute to the integration of research and teaching as well as the development and application of innovative teaching methods. The successful applicant may also have to undertake teaching duties at other departments at the School of Communication and Culture. Besides teaching and assessment, the position includes individual and group supervision at all levels. In the teaching portfolio enclosed with the application, the applicant must state his/her thoughts about the future visions for teaching and development of the curriculum. Applicants with experience of project-oriented, interdisciplinary and team-based teaching and of participating in the development of new teaching modules and degree programmes as well as outreach-related activities will be preferred.
Given the increasingly international focus of the programmes, the successful applicant will also be expected to teach in English as well as Danish. 
Talent development
The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses.
Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for example involving public dissemination of knowledge or collaboration with cultural or other institutions. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a field relevant to the position. 
We are interested in applicants who can document
  • research at the highest international level within cultural theory/analysis; the research must include studies of the interrelation between culture, aesthetics and the social challenges of the 21st century;
  • experience with research management and with the attraction of external funding;
  • experience of active participation in both national and international research networks;
  • experience of interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • strong teaching competences and experience of supervision at all university levels;
  • commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development and the development of PhD courses;
  • proficiency in languages relevant to the area of research;
  • experience of knowledge exchange.
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.
Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of establishing one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries.
The aesthetics and culture degree programmes conducted by the department focus on art and culture in modern society in a broad sense. Based on a broad conception of aesthetics, emphasis is placed on the analysis of art and aesthetic phenomena and the roles they play in culture in a contemporary but historically reflected perspective. Theories and methodological approaches which transcend the boundaries of individual art forms and traditional research fields are incorporated and developed.
The research environment
The department’s researchers are active in various national and international research collaborations within the programme’s central fields: theories of aesthetics and culture as well as aesthetic and cultural analysis. Current research interests include the mechanisms and consequences of aestheticisation as well as questions of mediality and intermediality, audio culture, the democratic public sphere, participatory culture, and the concept of contemporaneity. The central degree programmes offered are the BA and MA in Aesthetics and Culture, and the supplementary subject in Aesthetic Communication.
At the core of the profile of the position, you will also find the research programme Cultural Transformations – an interdisciplinary and inclusive network research programme at the School of Communication and Culture that focuses especially on the intersections between aesthetics, media studies and cultural analysis/theory:
For more information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen, Head of the Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology, email:
For more information about applications and the appointment procedure, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal, email:
School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website. 
The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the arts and aesthetics. Read more about the school's academics.  

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts:


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