The Institute of History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Oldenburg, in cooperation with the German Maritime Museum, seeks applications for a
W2 Professorship in
"Knowledge Processes and Digital Media" (m/f/d)
commencing as soon as possible.
Digital media shape the way society acquires and produces knowledge. Analogue and virtual spaces become interwoven through 3D visualizations. Databases provide the means for the unlimited mobile exchange of knowledge. Within this context, technical innovations determine the pace of change and the themes. They moreover play an increasing role in structuring society's discourses and practices.
More in-depth reflection on the interconnections between social, cultural and communicative practices of knowledge production on the one hand and the technical framework conditions on the other would contribute to identifying the political and social benefits and dangers of this overall development. The study of digital and analogue forms of knowledge transfer can be carried out especially well in settings where science and the public come together. It can focus on exhibition forms while also pursuing the question of how digital and analogue object research and documentation are interrelated.
The cooperation professorship is linked with the directorship of programme area II "Ships as Stores of Knowledge: Collection and Preservation" at the Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum (DSM) / Leibniz-Institut für Maritime Geschichte (German Maritime Museum / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History), which involves the long-term development of a digital collection infrastructure as well as participation in cooperative supraregional - and prospectively international - digital collection projects.
We are looking for a candidate who possesses outstanding knowledge in the methodology of digitalization and/or the digital humanities, and is prepared to apply that knowledge to the museum's extensive maritime collection as well as its research and exhibition programme "Humans and the Sea". The candidate is responsible for the organization and realization of the DSM's programme area II "Ships as Stores of Knowledge: Collection and Preservation". In that capacity, she or he contributes actively to the promotion of junior scientists.
Within both the research and teaching context, the professorship also involves studying knowledge processes and digital media as well as further developing collection and exhibition methodology in the area of digital humanities in close correlation with the DSM's research, collection and exhibition programme and the teaching and research foci of Oldenburg University's Institute of History. Therefore, familiarity with historical methods, research and content is required.
The candidate should moreover be willing and able to present newly gained knowledge of digital collecting and exhibiting to the general public in a methodologically innovative manner. Therefore, experience with digital documentation and the heuristic potential of digital analytical tools as well as a high affinity to the theoretical reflection of research and knowledge-building processes are indispensable. Success in raising external funds is likewise expected, as is the ability to cooperate nationally and internationally. The candidate needs to have sufficient knowledge of both English and German (C1), or convincingly show the capacity to achieve this level within a year. Gender sensitivity in the scientific context is also desirable. As Oldenburg University and the Deutsches Schifffahrtsmusem are bound by a cooperation agreement, active participation in the cooperation is expected.
Applicants must fulfil the requirements for a professorship according to § 25 NHG. To increase the proportion of women in science, equally qualified female candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. The position is suitable for part-time employment.
Applications (including a full curriculum vitae, certificates, publications list, account of present and previous third-party funded research activities focussing on the last 5 years, research concept, list of all teaching and course units held, presentations) must be submitted in paper or in an electronic version by January 31, 2020 to: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät IV, z. Hd. Dekanin, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Freist, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany or berfwerbung