Professorship in the History of Art Science and Folk Practice
London (Warburg Institute)

Job reference: 000782

Location: London (Warburg Institute)

Closing date: 30/05/2017

Salary: Professorial salaries in the School of Advanced Study are set by negotiation

Employment type: Open ended

Department: School of Advanced Study

Sub-Department: The Warburg Institute (WI)

Hours per week: 35

The University of London
The University is a federation of separately incorporated, self-governing, directly funded Higher Education Institutes together with a range of central academic activities.  The central University comprises the central academic activities, including the School of Advanced Study and a number of student and administrative services.

The Warburg Institute
The Warburg Institute is known throughout the world for its expertise in the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. The Warburg Institute Library is ranked amongst the twenty libraries of all time which have changed the world; its Photographic Collection houses an unprecedented collection of photographs organized by subject matter. The work of the Institute is cross-disciplinary and global.  Its researches are historical, philological and anthropological. It is concerned with the history of culture in all its forms, particularly the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present.

The Role
The Warburg Institute has been awarded a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a chair in the history of art, science and folk practice and an associated post-doctoral research position.  The Institute is seeking an historian of science, an historian of art, or an anthropologist who, ideally, combines work in the areas of the history of art and images, the history of science, and both historical and present folk practices. The parameters of these fields will be broadly conceived, but the cross-disciplinarity implicit in the description of the post takes its cue from the work of Aby Warburg in each of these areas. The candidate will be expected to move away from the traditional separation of these fields, and develop innovative forms and areas of research. S/he will be expected to teach, publish and conduct research of a quality to merit the title of Professor in the University of London.

The successful candidate will be critical to restoring, developing and elaborating the theoretical, cultural historical and anthropological implications of Aby Warburg’s work to the Institute. S/he will hold a PhD and will have substantive research experience and an outstanding publications record in his/her field. The post will also serve to inspire the kinds of cross-disciplinary work that will help revitalize the possibilities of research in the humanities.

To view all Academic, Managerial and Other responsibilities of this post, please download the Job Description available to you via the University of London careers page.

How to Apply
To apply for this opportunity, please submit a comprehensive CV and covering letter, through the University of London careers page. Applications close midnight, Tuesday 30 May 2017.  Interviews will take place on the afternoon of 4 July 2017.

To ensure you include all required information within your CV and covering letter, please read carefully the application instructions within the Job Description, under ‘How to Apply’.  This electronic document is available to you on the University of London careers page, at the bottom of the job advertisement.

Further Information
Professorial salaries in the School of Advanced Study are set by negotiation.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the post then please contact Michelle OMalley, Acting Director of the Warburg Institute, on 020 7862 8903 or  For queries relating to the application process or if you need any additional information then please contact Natasha Waddell, Recruitment Adviser, at

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