Job: Ten­ured Pro­fes­sor­ship in Digi­tal Huma­nities; literary history & networks

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Ten­ured Pro­fes­sor­ship in Digi­tal Huma­nities

salary grade: W 2 | refe­rence code: Digi­tal­Hum

Work­ing field:

The pro­fes­sor­ship is part of the Clus­ter of Excel­lence 2020 “Tem­po­ral Com­mu­nities: Doing Lite­ra­ture in a Glo­bal Per­spec­tive” ( at Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin. The aim of the clus­ter is to radi­cally rethink the con­cept of lite­ra­ture in a glo­bal per­spec­tive which requi­res us to over­come tra­di­tio­nal cate­go­ries of literary history such as ‘period’ and ‘nation’. In a glo­bal per­spec­tive, lite­ra­ture is per­cei­ved as a phe­no­me­non that reaches out through time, thus cal­ling into ques­tion tra­di­tio­nal cul­tu­ral and lin­gu­is­tic bounda­ries. As a glo­bal phe­no­me­non, lite­ra­ture dis­plays a remar­kable degree of com­ple­xity and flui­dity as it enga­ges in con­stant exchange with other arts and cul­tu­ral prac­tices. The pro­fes­sor­ship is meant to con­tri­bute to the rea­li­za­tion of the clus­ters’ rese­arch agenda in the field of Digi­tal Huma­nities as well as to its fur­ther deve­lop­ment.

The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant will cover the area of Digi­tal Huma­nities in rese­arch and tea­ching:

At the inter­face of Literary Stu­dies and Com­pu­ter Sci­ence, the rese­arch focus of the pro­fes­sor­ship will be on methods of data model­ling and the visua­li­za­tion of data in the field of his­to­ri­cal rese­arch in the huma­nities. Of spe­cial inte­rest are methods and pro­ces­ses for net­work ana­ly­ses and, in par­ti­cu­lar, their app­li­ca­tion to net­works sub­ject to chan­ges in space and time. Dif­fe­rent tech­no­lo­gies, methods and theo­re­ti­cal models wit­hin Digi­tal Huma­nities will have to be tested, eva­lua­ted and reflec­ted on cri­ti­cally. We expect the appoin­ted pro­fes­sor to deve­lop con­cepts for tea­ching metho­do­lo­gi­cal com­pe­tence as well as impul­ses for the estab­lish­ment and fur­ther deve­lop­ment of Digi­tal Huma­nities at Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin.

The pro­fes­sor is expec­ted to teach in the B.A. and M.A. pro­grams of the Depart­ment of Phi­lo­so­phy and Huma­nities.

Appoint­ment requi­re­ments are gover­ned by Arti­cle 100 of the Ber­lin Hig­her Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­li­ner Hoch­schul­ge­setz).

Suc­cess­ful can­di­da­tes are requi­red to have rese­arch and tea­ching expe­ri­ence in an inter­na­tio­nal envi­ron­ment and a dis­tin­guis­hed record of rese­arch wit­hin the field of Digi­tal Huma­nities. App­li­cants are expec­ted to have addi­tio­nal aca­de­mic achie­ve­ments in a huma­nities disci­pline, pre­fer­a­bly with a focus on his­to­ri­cal eras, as well as evi­dence of addi­tio­nal qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons in com­pu­ter sci­ence. We are loo­king for someone with rese­arch expe­ri­ence in the app­li­ca­tion of com­pu­ter-based methods wit­hin the huma­nities, espe­ci­ally with digi­tal net­work ana­ly­sis, and rele­vant publi­ca­ti­ons in the field. The can­di­date should be fami­liar with the theo­ries and the digi­tal imple­men­ta­tion of the model­ling and visua­li­za­tion of net­works.
Addi­tio­nally, they are requi­red to have expe­ri­ence in acqui­ring and lea­ding extern­ally fun­ded rese­arch pro­jects.

Apart from the offi­cial duties in accordance with Arti­cle 99 of the Ber­lin Hig­her Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the appoin­tee to engage in the fol­lo­wing activi­ties:

The appoin­tee is expec­ted to be head of the Rese­arch Area 5 “Buil­ding Digi­tal Com­mu­nities” of the EXC 2020 “Tem­po­ral Com­mu­nities”. They will take the lead in deve­lo­ping a con­cepts for digi­tally rep­re­sen­ting literary history in a glo­bal per­spec­tive (Digi­tal Literary History) inclu­ding data model­ling and visua­li­za­tion. Fur­ther, we expect the new pro­fes­sor to con­ceive Digi­tal Huma­nities cour­ses desi­gned to be inte­gra­ted into the study pro­grams of the depart­ment of Phi­lo­so­phy and Huma­nities as well as the long-term deve­lop­ment of inno­va­tive study cour­ses in the field of “Digi­tal Huma­nities”. The appoin­tee will engage in and play a semi­nal role in set­ting up new col­la­bo­ra­tive rese­arch pro­jects. They will con­tri­bute to the fur­ther deve­lop­ment of Digi­tal Huma­nities as a rese­arch field at Freie Uni­ver­si­tät in col­la­bo­ra­tion with the rele­vant actors and insti­tu­ti­ons in Ber­lin and bey­ond. The appoin­tee is expec­ted to also address gen­der and diver­sity issues rele­vant to the field.

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons should include a CV, copies of all cer­ti­fi­ca­tes of aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish; if app­li­ca­ble the let­ter of appoint­ment (please add trans­la­ti­ons if nee­ded), a list of publi­ca­ti­ons, a list of cour­ses pre­viously taught, and evi­dence of tea­ching com­pe­tence. Fur­ther­more, please include infor­ma­tion on invol­ve­ment in ongo­ing and future rese­arch endea­vours, joint rese­arch pro­jects and extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects, and if necessary lan­guage cer­ti­fi­ca­tes. If app­li­ca­ble for the respec­tive con­tent area, please give infor­ma­tion on indus­trial coope­ra­tion, inven­ti­ons/patents and spin-offs.

All mate­ri­als inclu­ding a pri­vate pos­tal and an email address must be recei­ved pre­fer­a­bly elec­tro­ni­cally in one PDF file (maxi­mum 5 MB), quo­ting the refe­rence code no later than Febru­ary 2020, 27th at

Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin
Depart­ment of Phi­lo­so­phy and Huma­nities
Dean’s Office
c/o Caro­lin Hehn
Habel­schwer­d­ter Allee 45
14195 Ber­lin


App­li­ca­tion gui­de­li­nes, gene­ral infor­ma­tion on the appoint­ment pro­ce­dure, appoint­ment requi­re­ments for pro­fes­sor­ships at Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin, and regu­la­ti­ons of the Ber­lin Hig­her Edu­ca­tion Act which are rele­vant for pro­fes­sor­ships (Arti­cles  99, 100, 101, 102 a,102c BerlHG) can be found For addi­tio­nal details, please visit

Published by Marten Düring
February 8, 2020

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