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Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor of comparative literature based at the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric.

The appointment is full-time and tenured and begins on 1 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position
We are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will be expected to strengthen the international profile of comparative literature at Aarhus University and contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The successful applicant must have strong academic competences within comparative literature and the cultural, social and political contexts of literature. Furthermore, applicants should have qualifications in research in literature and literary history in at least two languages.

Research
The comparative literature programme at Aarhus University has a pronounced international profile and a strong international research network. The programme places a significant emphasis on the comparative and historical dimensions of literary studies. The successful applicant must have a significant record of research accomplishments within these areas as well as in the cultural, social and political contexts of literature. Applicants must submit a 3-5 year research plan within this area and must reflect on how the proposed research can contribute to the integration of the historical and the cultural/social/political dimension in literary courses at both the BA and MA level.

The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within the field. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of comparative literature and the research community at the department in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners, and in connection with external research funding.

Teaching and supervision
We are looking for applicants with teaching and supervision experience in the field of comparative literature at university level. Applicants should have a vision of how to develop the programme’s curriculum and teaching strategies, and in this connection experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage.

The successful applicant must be prepared to teach a broad range of historical, theoretical and methodological courses in the comparative literature BA and MA programmes and at PhD level, and to contribute to the integration of research and teaching as well as the development and application of innovative teaching methods. Please indicate in your application which courses you could teach. Besides teaching and assessment, the position includes individual and group supervision at all levels. The successful applicant can expect to teach courses in both English and Danish.

Talent development
We are looking for applicants who have experience supervising students at both BA and MA levels. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The successful applicant will furthermore be expected to supervise and help develop the careers of early-career researchers as well as recruiting and supervising PhD students and participating in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance involving the public dissemination of knowledge or cooperation with literary institutions such as libraries or publishers. The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to comparative literature as well as teaching and research experience commensurate with that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:

  • an internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong international peer-reviewed research publication record addressing the comparative and historical dimensions of literary studies as well as the relationship of literature to broader cultural, social and political contexts
  • research in literature and literary history in at least two languages
  • experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
  • teaching and supervision competences and experience at BA and MA level, including curriculum development
  • experience of knowledge exchange
  • completion of a teacher-training programme specially designed for university teaching, or an equivalent qualification.
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
  • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions
  • experience of applying for external research funding.
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next 3-5 years in which they reflect on how the proposed research can contribute to the integration of the historical and the cultural/social/political dimension in literary courses at both the BA and MA level.

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

Work environment
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.
We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. See Family and work-life balance for further information.

International applicants
International applicants are encouraged to Attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a wide variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within approximately three years of commencing the appointment.

The Comparative Literature Programme at the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric
The place of employment is the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric, Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The comparative literature programme works with literature from all over the world and from all time periods. The programme links literature as an independent art form to literature as a central part of cultural life. Research topics span a broad spectrum, and currently the programme hosts research projects on literature and new media, literary representations of slavery, literature and inheritance, medievalism, digital humanities, and the global circulation of literature. In addition to the programme’s core research interests of literary history and theory, world literature and literary culture, several of the programme’s literary theorists are involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects on topics such as digital media, the history of technology and film, and human rights and memory, in relation to both literature and culture. The programme’s academic staff are widely engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and collaboration with colleagues from other fields. In teaching as well as research, the programme’s academic staff make use of a range of different approaches to literary history, including genre theory, media theory, poetics, narratology and a number of new digital methods. Academic staff at the department are highly engaged in communicating their work to a broader audience outside the university through continuing education courses for upper-secondary school teachers and the general public, activities at Danish folk high schools and upper-secondary schools, and literary criticism in newspapers and journals.

Prospective applicants are invited to view the department’s website.

School of Communication and Culture
The school is a part of the Faculty of Arts. You will find information about the school and its research programmes, departments, and diverse activities on its website.
Contact

For further information about the position, please Head of Department Tore Rye Andersen by e-mail: torerye@cc.au.dk

If you need help uploading your application, or if you have questions about the recruitment process, please e-mail HR supporter Mads Brask Andersen: mban@au.dk.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at https://international.au.dk/

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

 


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