Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology

Warburg Institute, London
Application deadline: Jul 1, 2015

Research post: “Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of
Iconology” – International Research Group

The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group, funded by the German ministry of
higher education and science, realised in cooperation with the Max
Weber-Stiftung, and situated at the Warburg Institute in London,
invites applications for a full-time research post (in principle
post-doctoral) based at the Warburg Institute in London for two years
in the first instance from October 2015 or as soon as possible

The objective of this project is to explore the migration of images,
objects, ideas and texts in a broad historical and geographical
context. The aim shall be a contribution to the history of images which
is based on Aby Warburg’s approach and method, rethinking them in the
light of new interdisciplinary, international scholarship. The project
will reconstruct and develop a rich scholarly approach which addresses
the distinctiveness of images while also studying the language in which
ideas about transfers between cultures (including ideas about images)
are expressed.

The research post is part of the staff in London that contributes
particularly to the overall project of studying the ways in which
images and ideas are transferred between cultures and to the project of
investigating the role of rhetoric in understanding images, ideas and
intercultural relations.  The post-holder will conduct own research and
contribute to the larger projects. We are particularly interested in
applicants with high level research skills in art history, trade
between Europe and the Orient, prints and other portable images,
rhetoric, anthropology and comparative religion. Applicants will be
expected to have a good knowledge of the languages relevant to their
field of study and a good speaking and reading knowledge of German and

The post-holder will be employed by the Max Weber-Stiftung and paid on
German government  scales for local positions abroad/Ortskraftvertrag.
Place of work is London.

The Max Weber Stiftung is committed to increasing the number of women
in academic posts and would therefore particularly welcome applications
from women.

Applications should include a letter of application indicating
candidates’ interests in and suitability for the projects of the
research group, a curriculum vitae and publications list, the names of
three referees and a writing sample of around 5,000 words of published
or unpublished research. Completed applications must be submitted by
Wednesday 1 July.

Interviews will be held in London at the Warburg Institute in the
second half of September 2015.

Please email your application to the Project-speaker
Prof. Dr. Andreas Beyer
Kunsthistorisches Seminar
Universität Basel