Nomis Postdoctoral Fellowships: Theory and History of the Image
The center invites applications from outstanding junior and senior researchers in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences for three one-year NOMIS Fellowships beginning September 1, 2019.
Since 2005, eikones has served as a center for graduate and postgraduate research on images. The center is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of images as instruments of human knowledge and cultural practices. It investigates the functions and effects of images throughout history and in our contemporary society from analytical and empirical perspectives.
The NOMIS Fellowship Program supports groundbreaking research projects related to how images act as models or paradigms in scientific and aesthetic contexts. We are interested in the fundamental ways images serve as instruments for making complex structures visible and accessible to interpretation.
In both aesthetic and experimental settings, images often assume an exemplary character, aiding epistemic and learning processes. They fulfill evidential, didactic, and symbolic functions, and thereby produce different forms of knowledge. Relevant topics of research might consider, for example, the history and theory of imaging techniques in the natural sciences; the ideals and stereotypes that shape
social contexts and political discussions; or the formation and dissolution of canons, iconographies, character types, and styles in the arts. On the methodological side, the projects should be rooted in a specific research field, and reflect on the relation between their individual discipline and image studies.
The fellowships will allow outstanding scholars and scientists to pursue their research free from teaching and administrative obligations. They provide a generous salary, travel funds, and access to excellent academic infrastructure. Applications will be selected based on scholarly achievement and relevance to the topic of images as models. Preference will be given to excellent young scholars with
innovative approaches. Fellows are expected to be in residence at eikones in Basel and to participate in select institutional events.
- Applicants must possess a doctoral degree
- Applicants must have previously have published either a monograph (e.g. their dissertation) OR three articles in journals or collected volumes.
- Applicants from all academic fields whose research relates to images as models are invited to apply.
- Applications may be submitted in either German or English.
- Cover letter
- Contact details for two references
- Proof of doctorate degree
- Project description (2–3 pages), plus bibliography
- Published writing sample (20 pages)
Please submit application materials as A SINGLE PDF FILE by October 15, 2018.
Applications that do not conform to this format or received after this date will not receive consideration.
Inquiries and applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.