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 Concept and Composition highlights and articulates questions around the initiation, formation, implementation and documentation of creative and artistic processes.

The formation of ideas and terminology, dramaturgy/narrative structures, interpretation, methodologies and documentation are key concepts, as are the area’s overarching critical terms – concepts and composition – which are understood and activated in the widest possible sense. Part of the research strategy is to renegotiate and (re-) present established notions (such as interpretation and dramaturgy) as critical acts; knowledge development in this area includes linguistic and other articulation of tacit or practical knowledge. Furthermore, the field entails an exploration of the synergies and frictions that result from encounters between different disciplines, art forms, interpretation and performance traditions. There are also potential issues around the ways in which conceptualisation affects artistic work processes, as well as the mutual influence between discourse and creative practice. Critical and creative reflection on methodology is strategically important for the development of this field, as are matters of documentation and dissemination.

This research area looks at concepts, the formation of concepts and how in their different ways they can initiate artistic processes and productions. Concepts may also emerge as the result of a process of investigation and may be the critical thought expressed by a performance/event.

Dramaturgy is applied in all art forms and may be defined in a number of different ways. As a critical concept dramaturgy alludes to the “narrative structure”, the structure of the performance and its form. Research in this area may include lines of inquiry into issues such as time, tempo, dynamics, chronology, deconstruction, delay and fragmentation.

Interpretation may be regarded as an active approach to the concept and its execution. It may be understood as a critical act, listening comprehension and interpretation process in relation to production context, historical context, gender and norm. Interpretation may also involve interaction, translation and transcription between different discourses and versions, and it may thereby lead to research in various subject areas such as the visual, musical, textual, dramatic, physical, vocal and media gestaltung.

Conceptualisation and Documentation
Conceptualisation contributes to knowledge development by means of linguistic articulation of tacit knowledge and expertise and enables the sharing, critical review and further dissemination of knowledge. Conceptualisation in artistic research may challenge and reinterpret existing norms, theories and concepts. Conceptualisation enables an examination of how artistic approaches shape language and vice versa. Regarding language as a powerful force, means that research can explore issues concerning the interplay between artistic approaches, methods and norms in the surrounding environment.

Documentation is a part of the artistic research process. The research is documented via artistic representation and through various media whereby process, new knowledge and expertise and artistic gestaltung are made accessible for critical reflection and dialogue. This area provides an opportunity for developing new forms and methods of documentation in consultation with the requirements of the research.

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 Concept and Composition
  • 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 Concept and Composition 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.

Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2015 or according to agreement
Salary Fixed monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2015/651/2.2.1
  • 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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