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Job posting: Research Project “Khurasan” – Metalwork of the Islamic Periods Linden-Museum Stuttgart - Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde – Universität Bamberg Islamische Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie In the scope of the joint project described below, two positions for part time research (70 % and 50%, at a schedule to be agreed upon) are available for three years, starting on April 1st, 2014. Employment will be limited until March 31st, 2017, according to funding of the research project. Payment follows the TV-L 13 pay grade. Potentially, the University of Bamberg can provide an opportunity for a PhD degree in Islamic Art and Archaeology. Two further positions for part time research, located at the Staatliche Museen Berlin, with a focus on Medieval Ceramics of Khurasan, will be announced in a subsequent job posting. Research Tasks The tasks consist of scholarly work within the scope of the Khurasan project. The successful candidates will be part of the „Metalwork“ research group. Research on metalwork will encompass the study of objects in Stuttgart, Berlin, and Bamberg and their relation to pieces in other collections, with comparative methods of art historical analysis. Two three-week research trips to the region (Iran/Afghanistan, Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan) are part of the project. Work will be conducted in close collaboration between project partners in Bamberg, Berlin and Stuttgart. Further tasks will consist in supporting project partners in their research, scholarly exchange on questions regarding the project, and contributing to publications and exhibitions. Qualifications Graduates of Oriental Art, Islamic Art and Archaeology, or Islamic Studies, Archaeology, etc. with a relevant focus of research, are encouraged to apply (Master’s or equivalent degree). Proficiency in relevant languages (Persian, Russian) will be relevant as well as a documented research interest (degree papers and publications) and practical experience in museum work. Please submit your application with the usual documents until January 24th, 2014 Applications for the 70%-position should be sent to Vorstand des Linden-Museums, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart (Germany). E-Mail applications are to be sent to sekretariat[at]lindenmuseum.de. Please merge individual documents into one single data file. Applications for the 50%-position should be sent to Prof. Dr. Lorenz Korn, Universität Bamberg, Islamische Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie, 96045 Bamberg (Germany). E-Mail applications should be sent to lorenz.korn[at]uni-bamberg.de. Please merge individual documents into one single data file. Please note that application materials will only be returned if a prepaid envelope is enclosed. The Linden Museum and the University of Bamberg are equal opportunities employers. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to disabled individuals. Joint research project „Khurasan – Land des Sonnenaufgangs. Eine Kulturlandschaft als Kerngebiet für die Ausprägung materieller Kultur der islamischen Welt und ihre Verortung in Sammlungen und musealen Präsentationen“ („Khurasan – Land of the Rising Sun. A historical landscape as a core region in the formation of material culture in the Islamic World, and its place in collections and museum presentations”. Time frame: 01.04.2014 – 31.03.2017). Joint research project under the auspices of the programme „Die Sprache der Objekte“ („The Language of Objects“) by support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany. Networking partners: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Coordination: Prof. Dr. Lorenz Korn, Islamic Art and Archaeology; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz: Museum für Islamische Kunst; Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde The project Khurasan, once of central importance within the historic landscapes of the Islamic East, has been divided by national boundaries of the 19th and 20th centuries and has presently all but disappeared from the map. The research project aims at a structured description of art and material culture in Khurasan, and how they developed up to the end of the cultural unity of the region. Thereby, new light should be shed on the manner of how Khurasan contributed to the development of material culture in the Islamic World. Another topic will be the changing views on Khurasan on the background of the colonial period and the emergence of nation states. Objects of major artistic importance, as well as objects of everyday material culture, which are dispersed over several collections, will be interpreted according to thematic focuses and the emphasis on cultural history. This implies working with various materials and types of objects (ceramics and metalwork, but also wood, textiles and glass). For certain selected periods, the architecture of Khurasan will also be studied. Comparative methods of art history are meant to highlight regional characteristics and trans-regional connections. Without falling into essentialist stereotypes, it should be possible to define and reconstruct characteristic features of the material culture in the historical landscape of Khurasan. In addition, the presentation of Khurasan through various media and in museums will be a topic of research. This implies the question as to what extent Khurasan is relevant for differentiated constructions of present-day cultural identities. Results of research are meant to contribute to a refined picture of a region that had a significant impetus in the shaping and flourishing of Islamic culture. --