Stockholms konstnärliga högskola

Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) provides education and conducts research in the fields of circus, dance, dance pedagogy, film, media, opera, performing arts and acting. Through our pioneering educational programmes and research, we aim to strengthen the power and ability of art to interact with and respond to challenges of society today. Our artistic research environment offers unique opportunities for in-depth studies, as well as for creating interdisciplinary artistic projects.

Would you like to make your own contribution to an attractive study, research and work environment? Here at Stockholm University of the Arts, you will be an important part of this critical and inclusive environment. Through innovative arenas for tomorrow's leading artists, researchers and educators, we contribute on an artistic basis to an active dialogue with the surrounding society. Together we carry a culture with a strong sense of we that is characterized by responsibility, trust and commitment where differences are utilized.

The profile area
The profile area Site, Event, Encounter explores the interplay between art and society and the conditions under which artists work. The focus is on the changing relationships and processes that develop between different performers and participants in artistic practices and events. Research in scenographic and design-related methodologies is included, as are investigations of events and meetings in physical and media spaces. Spatiality, the public sphere, audience encounters and questions of organisation are key notions, as well as critical dialogue, cultural context and forms for interactivity. The contemporary development and expansion of art forms, and the different influences on artistic production, are linked to issues raised within the artistic field that sustain an awareness of construction of meaning, spatial communication and artistic production in a changing social environment.

The profile area comprises critical questions concerning the influence of art on society and vice versa. This enables the roles of art, the artist and the public to be studied in a cultural context and from a social perspective by means of a gender-conscious, political and norm-critical approach.

This profile area investigates relationships between participants in artistic practices and events and how these relationships are in a constant state of flux. This enables research to be undertaken into who or what creates art and what types of processes change the relationships between the public, the artist and the artistic work/event.

The research may study how art seeks new physical, media or virtual spaces and how it may be affected by – and interact with – different spatial conditions.

The profile area explores the organisational conditions and critical dialogue that enable the artistic event to be actualized, including all the different parameters, relationships and processes that are required for the development and transmission of the artistic practice.

Job description
In Uniarts' ambition to develop high quality artistic research, the professor is expected to be a driving force in building up the joint research environment and engaging actively with related work. The main responsibilities of the post are:

  • Developing and establishing the profile area Site, Event, Encounter
  • Developing and contributing to collaborative efforts and networks that strengthen the profile area nationally and internationally
  • Initiating, supporting and developing research projects internally and externally
  • Helping to strengthen the link between research and first and second cycle education
  • Ensuring that research already conducted at the Stockholm University of the Arts contributes to the development of each profile area
  • Teaching and supervising on all levels at the university
  • Informing other artistic environments, individuals and organisations relevant to the university about the research carried out at Uniarts
  • Being able to represent Uniarts in research contexts
  • Actively taking part in national and international artistic research

The position includes research time by agreement.

To be eligible for the post of professor, applicants must have demonstrated artistic and teaching skills at an appropriate level.

Artistic skill at professorial level means being a leader in one’s field, with the quality of one’s activity being recognized at the highest international level, and having deep and broad knowledge of the field. Applicants should have demonstrated a good ability to build up, lead and develop his or her subject and have experience of qualified supervising for students. Applicants should also have demonstrated a good ability to communicate knowledge of their subject. Other contributions to knowledge development, such as being an external examiner or serving on an expert panel, will also be considered beneficial to the applicant.

Teaching skill at professorial level means the ability to develop, lead and implement high-quality education on several levels, as well as participation in linking first or second cycle education to research, or equivalent skills demonstrated in artistic contexts outside the university. The concept of teaching skill also incorporates a commitment to teaching and a well-developed and documented teaching philosophy.

In addition to general eligibility requirements for the professorship the candidate should have the necessary personal skills to perform the job well and represent the university in such a way as benefits its activities. He or she should also have a good command of written and spoken English. Applicants who do not speak fluent Swedish are expected to be able to do so to such a degree within two years that they can work in a mainly Swedish-language educational environment.

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria for the post as professor will be the level of the above skills as required for eligibility to the post. In addition, the ability to promote, lead and implement education, artistic research or research and development work of a very high standard will also be considered. Completed training in teaching at university level, or the equivalent, will also be considered to the candidate’s advantage. Equivalent competence may have been acquired through other education or through experience of teaching and educational development work at the university level or the equivalent.

In addition to artistic and teaching skills the following assessment criteria, in order of weight, apply:

  • The candidate’s plan for developing the profile area of Site, Event, Encounter nationally and internationally
  • A documented ability to develop, lead and implement artistic research or R&D work of a significant character
  • A documented ability to develop, lead and implement artistic research of significant character on both the first and second cycle levels
  • Documented highly-developed interpersonal skills
  • Documented experience of supervision on several levels
  • The ability to represent the university in the public sphere
  • Documented co-operation with the surrounding community
  • Practical experience of gender and norm-critical perspectives

Position details
The position, which is offered full-time, has a fixed term of three years, which may be extended without renewed application procedure for up to 10 years. Start date is Autumn 2015 or by agreement.

Uniarts welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and skills, particularly those who complement our organisation with regard to gender equality and ethnic diversity.

Applications should contain the material requested in the application form. They should be written in English to facilitate assessment by an expert panel. Qualification documents may be attested in one of the following languages: Swedish, English, Danish or Norwegian. For documents in other languages, copies of the original and translations to English by a certified translator should be submitted.

If you would like to send in additional material that cannot be submitted via our recruitment application system, please send it in three identical copies to Stockholm University of the Arts, Box 24045, 104 50 Stockholm, Sweden, marked with the application ref. number.

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Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2015 or according by agreement
Salary Fixed monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2015/377/2.2.1
  • Rolf Hughes, Research leader, +46 8 494 00 311
Union representative
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Published 27.May.2015
Last application date 03.Sep.2015 11:59 PM CEST

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