Postdoc Position in Art History

University of Copenhagen Department of Arts and Cultural Studies

Postdoc Position in Art History

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for an eighteen-month postdoctoral position in art history to be filled by September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is part of the research project Feminist Emergency: Women Artists in Denmark, 1960-Present, led by Assistant Professor Kerry Greaves and funded by Novo Nordisk Foundation. Position starting date: 1 September 2021.

This is an unique opportunity to join an innovative research project, which considers the contribution and culturally specific conditions of women artists and feminist art in Denmark over the last sixty years in light of today’s diversified and globalized art world, where gender and identity are increasingly politicized but only selectively scrutinized in terms of feminist theory.

Despite rising global challenges, in Danish art history feminism continues to be taken for granted as an already completed project. Yet as recent studies decrying the continued lack of gender parity in museums and exhibitions reflect, feminism is needed now more than ever. The project posits feminism as an analytical tool, or a way of challenging and infiltrating given structures and forms of representation. It poses and seeks to answer the questions: If there are more women artists with ever more opportunities working in Denmark today, then why are they still so grossly underrepresented in museum collections, exhibitions, and art historical studies? What does it mean to be a woman artist or an artist creating feminist art in Denmark over the last sixty years and what can this tell us about the conditions of Danish culture within a globalized context? Finally, what can a study of women artists in such a seemingly liberal environment as Denmark productively lend to international feminist art theory? The aim is to collect empirical information, produce new research, create new art historical networks, and contribute substantially to international art history through the Danish case.

The project runs from 2020-2024 and involves the maintaining of a substantial English-language web site; creation of a collaborative international research network with related workshops and symposia; research stays and conference presentations, and publications, including a major anthology.

Qualifications and Job Description

The chosen candidate will work closely with PI Kerry Greaves and is expected to actively participate in and contribute to the project and its related activities. Applicants will have a background in contemporary art (especially art since 2000), feminist theory, and Danish and/or Nordic art history; considerable knowledge of Danish galleries; experience in conducting archival research, and the ability to undertaking statistical analysis. The applicant is required to be very experienced with digital technology.

Applicants are invited to propose their own project designs, but it must deal with art of the last 20 years and relate to the overall theme of Feminist Emergency. Emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant’s project is realistic and possible to implement within the given framework. Applicants should also explain their interest in the project and how they intend to solve the task. Applicants must be proficient in Danish or another Scandinavian language to be able to work with source material in Danish. All publications will be written in English.

The postdoc position is a full-time research position and requires a 20% teaching obligation. 

Qualification requirements

In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

For further information about the position, please contact PI Kerry Greaves, e-mail:


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

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The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Mette Christensen, e-mail: Please refer to ID 211-0640/20-2I. 

Salary and conditions of employment

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK approx. 35,500 (EUR 4,772) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here :, and

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2021 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


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Application deadline: 15-03-2021
Employment start: 01-09-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Kunst- og kulturvidenskab