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Als Kitsch ausgewiesen! Neuaushandlungen kultureller Identität in Populär- und Alltagskultur, Architektur, Bildender Kunst und Literatur nach 1989

Nach dem Systemumbruch 1989 in Deutschland ist die (Hoch-)Kultur einer kritischen Revision unterzogen worden. Eingefordert wurde mit dem Untergang der DDR eine gesamtdeutsche Identität, zu der die Kultur der DDR politisch und, wie man meinte, auch ästhetisch in Gegensatz stand. Ebenso wie das politische Urteil über den Sozialismus feststand, war auch das ästhetische Urteil über die DDR-Kultur größtenteils einstimmig: Sie sei Kitsch und habe keinen Platz im neuen, wiedervereinten Deutschland. Doch so scheinbar überzeugend, wie man mit dem Kitsch-Argument zwischen Kunst und Nicht-Kunst trennte, konnte man den Nachweis an der Kunst selbst nicht führen. Der kritische Blick auf jene Urteile zeigt, dass der Kitsch nicht eindeutig am ästhetischen Gegenstand nachzuweisen ist.
Als Kitsch ausgewiesen! strebt sowohl eine theoretische Klärung des Kitschs als auch die diskursanalytische Untersuchung der feuilletonistischen Deutungskämpfe über die kulturelle Identität des wiedervereinten Deutschlands an, die zu großen Teilen über den Kitsch-Vorwurf abgewickelt wurden. Im Mittelpunkt steht der Kitsch als ästhetisches Phänomen, das sich aus ganz unterschiedlichen, oft außer-ästhetischen Urteilen speist. Anhand der vier Nachwendedebatten um den Berliner Schlossplatz, die Ostalgie, den Weimarer Bilderstreit und den deutsch-deutschen Literaturstreit werden das Verfahren und der Inhalt des Kitsch-Vorwurfs untersucht. Damit gerät genau der Vorwurf in den Blickpunkt, mit dem der Kulturkampf nach 1989 so prominent geführt wurde und in nicht unbeträchtlichem Maße das formte, was sich heute als nationale kulturelle Identität Deutschlands darstellt.

https://www.neofelis-verlag.de/kultur-sozialwissenschaften/als-kitsch-ausgewiesen/
20.11.2017 um 12:40 Uhr
Eine Tagung des Instituts für Geschichte und Theorie der Gestaltung der UdK Berlin.

Bemühungen und Ansätze, Designpraxis und Designbegriff neu zu konzeptualisieren, finden sich seit ein paar Jahren in großer Zahl: Design Methods, Design Thinking, Design Research, Speculative Design u.a. Die Veranstaltung setzt sich weniger zum Ziel, nach der Relevanz und Neuheit dieser Ansätze im Einzelnen zu fragen, sondern möchte vielmehr den gegenwärtigen Designdiskurs selbst unter-suchen und damit die Veränderungen des Designbegriffs – historisch, politisch, institutionell, ökonomisch, ästhetisch – in den Blick nehmen. Festzustellen ist zunächst die Tendenz, Design zu professionalisieren und als wissen(schaft)s-relevant zu setzen.

Die Tagung „Was war Design?“ greift in drei Panels (zur theoretischen Begriffsbestimmung, zu Genealogien und zu Design und Politik) die sozusagen „alte“ Zukunftsorientierung von Design auf und nimmt damit ganz dezidiert die Perspektive einer „Geschichte und Theorie der Gestaltung“ ein, indem sie gegenwärtige Ansätze in eine genealogische Perspektive rückt, nach Ästhetischem und nach dem Status von Theorie im Hinblick auf Design fragt.


Konzeption: Tashy Endres, Susanne Hauser, Lutz Hengst, Kathrin Peters und Judith Siegmund.

Mehr Informationen zum Programm finden Sie unter:

https://www.udk-berlin.de/kalender/detailansicht/calendar/show/was-war-design/
20.11.2017 um 12:10 Uhr
Hosted by the Cybioses: Shaping Human-Technology Futures Group of the Nordic Summer University, together with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, at University of Gothenburg.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together theorists, designers and technologists. It wants to discuss practices of making and the social and cultural impact of future technologies. How can philosophical questions support the development of technologies? How in turn can technological practices and development inform philosophical and sociological theories? And how can both making and theorizing help us imagining future technologies and their impact on societies? Guided by these questions we want to develop a philosophy for makers and a better practice for philosophy.

This first symposium investigates the role of improvisation in technological development and philosophy. As technologists and theorists, we improvise when we don’t know how to continue. We improvise when we move in unknown territory or when time does not allow for a systemic investigation. And yet, improvisation follows patterns. Is there is good and bad improvisation, and good and bad improvisers? What role does improvisation play in the development of technologies? How can technologies improve improvisation? And what can different practices and theories of improvisation tell us about future technologies?
The Symposium explicitly wants to foster exchange between humanities-based researchers, makers and artists. The interdisciplinary discussion of technological futures has yet to find its forms within and outside of academia. The aim is, therefore, to test different forms of presentation. Participants are encouraged to briefly present one particular technology or one particular theory about a technology. The individual presentations will be complemented with open discussion rounds and documentation rounds. The focus on brief showcases, together with the small format of the workshop allows for extended and deep discussions, and prevents endless boring paper sessions.

Topics which should be discussed during the symposium include:

· philosophy of improvisation
· the relationship between technology and improvisation
· designing for improvisation
· improvisation, technology and survival
· technology and improvisation in conflict and crisis management
· improvisation in design
· design fictions
· improvisation in previous futures (historical case studies)
· cognition and improvisation
· improvisation and AI
· improvisation in engineering
· prediction and improvisation in future studies
· improvisation in the art world

How to participate

Brief technological and philosophical showcases should be limited to 20minutes. You could either present a particular technology, particular theory or case study you are working on.

To submit a proposal please send via email to the coordinators
Palle Dahlstedt palle.dahlstedt@gu.se
Rafael Dernbach rkd32@cam.ac.uk

Johan Söderberg johan.soderberg@sts.gu.se
1. A written short proposal (max. 300 words) with a title
2. A short bio (max. 200 words)
It is possible to attend the symposium without presenting. In this case, please just email a short bio.

The deadline to submit proposals is January 5th, 2018. Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent before the preliminary program is announced on January 8th, 2018 on www.nordic.university.
17.11.2017 um 12:23 Uhr
BAU International Berlin is a University of Applied Sciences with a distinct international focus, founded in 2014. All study programs are exclusively taught in English. For the Product Design Department at the Faculty of Design we are looking for a:

Professor of Product Design

BAU International Berlin is part of the BAU Global Network that provides opportunities for intercultural teaching and research. Professors are expected and supported to engage in applied research projects and publications. The Faculty of Design offers Bachelor programs in Product Design, Interior Design as well as Graphic Design & Visual Communication. To support our continuous growth, we are seeking a new professor with an international background as well as substantial professional and academic experience. Applicants are expected to demonstrate extensive practical abilities, solid theoretical knowledge and research experience.

The applicants should be eager to explore the limits of „product design“. The mere creation of a product only covers a fraction of a current designers responsibilities and challenges. Thus candidates should be experienced in the holistic design process from concept to implementation. Strong links to the creative industries and academia as well as an interdisciplinary and intercultural teaching background are expected. Experiences in generative design processes, brand strategy and design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) methodologies are welcome.

The position includes practical and theoretical teaching in the Bachelor and the future Master programs on areas such as industrial design, strategic design, user experience design, technology in design and implementation.

With its distinct interdisciplinary approach, the Faculty of Design is looking for applicants who are able and disposed to teach across the three design programs.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the Product Design Department and the Faculty of Design as well as to carry out administrative duties at the university. The job responsibilities further involve the active extension of networks for future co-operations including the partners within the BAU Global Network.

Minimum job requirements:
- Applicants must fulfill the requirements for professorships at Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) in accordance with the Berlin Higher Education Act, §100.
- A degree in a field relating to the advertised professorship, preferably a PhD. Alternatively to a PhD a body of research, publications and/or practice that evidences a professional standard comparable to a doctoral degree. This should be proven by respective documents attached to the application. A copy of the degree transcript (and if given the PhD certificate) should be attached.
- At least 5 years of practical experience out of which a minimum of 3 years must have been outside the university context.
- Experience in lecture-driven and project-based teaching.
- Very good English language skills (teaching language).
- Intercultural awareness and competence preferably from earning university degrees abroad or international work experience.
- A strong interest in contributing to the continuous growth of BAU International Berlin.

Additional requirements:
- Knowledge of the German higher education system.
- Additional language skills, especially German.
- Solid understanding of contemporary, generative design tools such as grasshopper, processing, arduino
- CAD/CAM proficiency with regard to implementation of projects and state of the art model making (Rhinoceros, Rhino CAM, SolidWorks)
- Extensive experience in capital and consumer good design in either in-house design department or design agency working in the field

The application documents should be handed in digitally as PDF documents that contain a cover letter demonstrating research and teaching interests, a CV with attachments presenting relevant practice and research including lists of publications, lectures, awards, professional memberships and teaching experiences as well as a portfolio with work samples that demonstrate skills and abilities relevant to the position. Any corresponding documents are welcome.

The post is going to be filled by 15. September 2018. This is a fulltime position corresponding to a W2 professorship. Residence in Berlin is expected. Please send your complete application including all relevant documents by 02. January 2018 to the following email address:
design@bauinternational-berlin.de

BAU International Berlin
University of Applied Sciences
“Professor of Product Design”
Heinrich-Heine-Straße 15 10179 Berlin
Germany
15.11.2017 um 20:04 Uhr
BAU International Berlin is a University of Applied Sciences with a distinct international focus, founded in 2014. All study programs are exclusively taught in English. For the Graphic Design & Visual Communication Department at the Faculty of Design we are looking for a:

Professor in Interaction Design

BAU International Berlin is part of the BAU Global Network that provides opportunities for intercultural teaching and research. Professors are expected and supported to engage in applied research projects and publications. The Faculty of Design offers Bachelor programs in Product Design, Interior Design as well as Graphic Design & Visual Communication. An additional Master program is in development. To support our continuous growth, we are seeking a new professor with an international background as well as substantial professional and academic experience. Applicants are expected to demonstrate extensive practical abilities, solid theoretical knowledge and research experiences in interactive systems including usability, user experience human-computer interaction. Candidates should be experienced in the holistic design process from concept to implementation. Strong links to the creative industries and academia as well as an interdisciplinary and intercultural teaching background are expected. Experiences in cross-medial design, motion design and related fields are welcome.

The position includes practical and theoretical teaching in the Bachelor and the future Master programs on areas such as web design, interface design, mobile design, internet of things and service design. With its distinct interdisciplinary approach, the Faculty of Design is looking for applicants who are able and disposed to teach across the three design programs. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the Graphic Design & Visual Communication Department and the Faculty of Design as well as to carry out administrative duties at the university. The job responsibilities further involve the active extension of networks for future co-operations including the partners within the BAU Global Network.

Minimum job requirements:
- Applicants must fulfill the requirements for professorships at Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) in accordance with the Berlin Higher Education Act, §100.
- A degree in a field relating to the advertised professorship, preferably a PhD. Alternatively to a PhD a body of research, publications and/or practice that evidences a professional standard comparable to a doctoral degree. This should be proven by respective documents attached to the application. A copy of the degree transcript (and if given the PhD certificate) should be attached.
- At least 5 years of practical experience out of which a minimum of 3 years must have been outside the university context.
- Substantial yearlong professional practice as an executive designer.
- Experience in lecture-driven and project-based teaching.
- Very good English language skills (teaching language).
- Intercultural awareness and competence preferably from earning university degrees abroad or international work experience.
- A strong interest in contributing to the continuous growth of BAU International Berlin.

Additional requirements:
- Knowledge of the German higher education system.
- Additional language skills, especially German.
- Experience in teaching groups of students of diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Attention to the social, cultural and ethical impacts of visual communication.

The application documents should be handed in digitally as PDF documents that contain a cover letter demonstrating research and teaching interests, a CV with attachments presenting relevant practice and research including lists of publications, lectures, awards, professional memberships and teaching experiences as well as a portfolio with work samples that demonstrate skills and abilities relevant to the position. Any corresponding documents are welcome.

The post is going to be filled by 15 September 2018. This is a fulltime position corresponding to a W2 professorship. Residence in Berlin is expected. Please send your complete application including all relevant documents by 02 January 2018 to the following email address:
design@bauinternational-berlin.de

BAU International Berlin
University of Applied Sciences
“Professor in Interaction Design”
Heinrich-Heine-Straße 15
10179 Berlin
Germany
15.11.2017 um 20:00 Uhr
Die Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg ist eine künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Hochschule mit einem international ausgerichteten BA/MA-Studiengang „Bildende Künste“. Die interdisziplinäre Studienstruktur basiert auf einem breiten Angebot aus künstlerisch-wissenschaftlichen Fächern und Werkstätten. Im Fokus des Studiums stehen selbstbestimmte künstlerische und wissenschaftliche
Auseinandersetzungen sowie projektbezogene und experimentelle Arbeitsweisen.

Die HFBK Hamburg besetzt zum Oktober 2018 für die Dauer von sechs Jahren eine eine Professur (W 2) für künstlerische Grundlagen im Schwerpunkt Design (KN 10/2017) Die Möglichkeit einer Entfristung besteht nicht.

Wir suchen eine künstlerische Persönlichkeit, die die Studierenden der ersten beiden Studiensemester in die künstlerische Praxis des Designs einführt. Vorausgesetzt werden ein eigenständiges Werk sowie experimentelle Offenheit und die Fähigkeit, Design im Kontext gesellschaftlicher, technischer und ästhetischer Prozesse zu thematisieren. Erfahrungen in der Lehre und die Bereitschaft, sich engagiert in das Hochschulleben einzubringen, werden ebenso erwartet.

Für weitere Auskünfte und Informationen steht Ihnen gerne Frau Dudda zur Verfügung, Tel. +49 40 428 989-264 oder per E-Mail: Susanne.Dudda at hfbk.hamburg.de

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf mit Angabe Ihrer Lehrerfahrungen, Hochschulzeugnis in Kopie, Ausstellungsliste) und Beispielen Ihrer künstlerischen Arbeit unter Angabe einer E-Mailadresse und Telefonnummer (bitte im Briefkopf des Bewerbungsbriefes)
bis zum 20. Dezember 2017 an die:
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg / Präsidium
KN 10/2017 künstlerische Grundlagen Design
Lerchenfeld 2
22081 Hamburg.

Einstellungsvoraussetzungen/ Verfahrenshinweise:
Die Einstellungsvoraussetzungen für Professorinnen und Professoren ergeben sich aus § 15 Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz (HmbHG). Die Berufung in ein Beamtenverhältnis wird angestrebt. Der Umfang der Lehrverpflichtung richtet sich nach den Vorgaben der Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung für die Hamburger Hochschulen. Die ausgeschriebene Stelle ist grundsätzlich teilbar. Die Hochschule möchte den Anteil von Frauen am künstlerisch-wissenschaftlichen Personal gerne erhöhen; sie ist deshalb an Bewerbungen von Frauen besonders interessiert. Ebenso sind die Bewerbungen geeigneter Schwerbehinderter und Gleichgestellter im Sinne des Neunten Sozialgesetzbuches (SGB IX) erwünscht.
Bitte nutzen Sie für Ihre Bewerbung eine stabile, erneut verschließbare Umverpackung. Das Gewicht Ihrer
Einsendung sollte nicht mehr als 5 kg betragen. Einsendungen von mehr als 5 kg sind später nach Terminabsprache entweder persönlich wieder abzuholen oder werden von uns auf Antrag unfrei an Sie zurück gesandt. Wir bitten Sie von Nachreichungen abzusehen; eine Zuordnung zur Ausgangsbewerbung kann nicht garantiert werden. Bewerbungseingänge oder Nachreichungen nach Ablauf der genannten Bewerbungsfrist und E-Mail-Bewerbungen können nicht berücksichtigt werden. Es gilt das Datum des Poststempels.

Ggf. entstehende Bewerbungskosten/Vorstellungskosten werden durch die HFBK nicht erstattet.
Ungültige Bewerbungen (Eingang nach Bewerbungsschluss) können ebenfalls nur unfrei auf Antrag zurückgesandt oder persönlich abgeholt werden.
www.hfbk-hamburg.de
14.11.2017 um 17:16 Uhr
Set amidst the experimental ecology of practices that supports feminist thinking and doing in architecture, this small book outlines an instruction guide that presents six provocative steps toward the invention of productive concept-tools. It invites readers to explore creative and messy methodologies that combine an aesthetics with a practical ethics. Frichot encourages us to think and do architecture in ways that challenge a dogmatic status quo that celebrates major figures, while overlooking the care and labour of minor figures and practices.

Hélène Frichot (PhD) is Associate Professor and Docent in Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm; she is the director of research training and leads the research and teaching division Critical Studies in Architecture. Frichot co-curated the Architecture+Philosophy public lecture series in Melbourne, Australia (2005-2014) and is co-convener of numerous conferences on alternative practices, feminism, theory and criticality in architecture.

Verlag: AADR / Spurbuchverlag,
Erscheinungsjahr: 2017,
ISBN: 978-3-88778-498-0
Preis: 16.00 Euro
13.11.2017 um 10:01 Uhr
Wir leben heute in einer globalisierten Welt, die von digitalen Codes kontrolliert und erzeugt wird. Von der Kommunikation bis zum Transport (von Menschen, Gütern und Nachrichten) wird alles durch digitale Codes bestimmt. Die Mathematik und Elektronik haben eine neue, auf Computerprogrammen basierende Welt hervorgebracht, die von IngeneurInnen, PhysikerInnen und InformatikerInnen gestaltet werden will.

Von Leibniz' Binärcode bis zum Morsecode, vom kosmischen Code bis zum genetischen Code – wir leben in einer Welt aus Codes. Die Ausstellung »Open Codes. Leben in digitalen Welten«, die künstlerische und wissenschaftliche Arbeiten versammelt, eröffnet uns die Möglichkeit, diese Welt zu verstehen. In einem neuen Ausstellungsformat wird die Ausstellung zeitgenössische Kunst und Wissenschaft präsentieren und ein neues Verhalten der BesucherInnen ermöglichen. Sie wird eine Mischung aus Labor und Lounge, aus Lernumgebung und »Club Méditerranée« sein. Im Museum – als einem Ort der bezahlten Bürgerbildung – soll die Aneignung von Wissen belohnt werden. Denn die eigentliche Botschaft des digitalen Wandels lautet doch: Die Welt von morgen wird sich von einer Arbeits- zu einer Wissensgesellschaft verwandeln.

Die Ausstellung präsentiert Kunstwerke und wissenschaftliche Arbeiten, die sowohl auf analogen wie auch auf digitalen Codes basieren. Sie versuchen die komplexen Dynamiken von Codes zu erklären und wie diese zunehmend die Art und Weise, wie wir leben und wie wir die Welt sehen, gestalten.

Die Ausstellung wird von einem umfangreichen Rahmenprogramm mit Vorträgen, Konferenzen, Symposien, Workshops und Filmvorführungen begleitet. Zu Beginn der Ausstellungslaufzeit organisiert das ZKM gemeinsam mit dem Europarat am Freitag, den 20. Oktober 2017 die Veranstaltung »4th Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation« zum Thema »Empowering Democracy through Culture – Digital Tools for Culturally Competent Citizens«. Im Rahmen der Konferenz »Digitale Souveränität« am Donnerstag, 2. November 2017 werden hochrangige VertreterInnen aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik über die Sensibilität digitaler Spuren in der heutigen Gesellschaft diskutieren.

Der Eintritt zur Ausstellung ist frei.

Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter:
https://open-codes.zkm.de/de
13.11.2017 um 09:59 Uhr
Aktuelle Ausschreibungen: Professur (W2) für Interaction Design
An der KISD – Köln International School of Design der Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften der Technischen Hochschule Köln am Campus Südstadt ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt folgende W2-Professur zu besetzen: Professur (W2) für Interaktion Design

Bewerbungsfrist: 14.12.2017 - Kennziffer: F021704

Weitere Informationen:
https://www.th-koeln.de/hochschule/professur-w2-fuer-interaction-design_48623.php

[ Englisch description ]

KISD - Köln International School of Design of TH Köln, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Südstadt campus , requests applications at the earliest possible date for a: W2 Professorship in Interaction Design

Application deadline: December 14, 2017 - Reference number F021704

Further information:
https://www.th-koeln.de/hochschule/w2-professorship-in-interaction-design_48626.php
04.11.2017 um 14:24 Uhr


The Department of Design and Computation Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Material Futures : Textiles Surface Structure Fibres. We are seeking a designer, artist, engineer or scientist with recognized research and/or research-creation strengths in cross-disciplinary collaborative investigations into experimental textiles, fibre structures, bio or bio-inspired cloth, soft surface or responsive wearables, that specifically explore the interface between the body and the environment.

Candidates eligible for Tier 2 chair positions must be exceptional emerging scholars within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Textile innovation plays critical socio-cultural, technological, and aesthetic roles in a wide range of disciplines, including the fine arts, engineering and science. Furthermore, the investigations into materials drive an emergent and rich field of inquiry. Whether delving into experimental fibres and weaves, biomaterials or electronic textiles, speculative design reconsiders the way that second skins identify our bodies and our behaviours within cultural and environmental ecologies.

As innovation in textiles and experimental wearables has been a core research focus in the Faculty of Fine Arts, the CRC will both solidify and expand the university’s competitive edge in a field which is one of the most dynamic areas of growth locally, nationally, and internationally. The successful candidate will benefit from existing research-creation capacity across the Department of Design and Computation Arts, the Master of Design (MDes), the Studio Arts MFA program, the recently founded Institute for Urban Futures (IUF), and the Textiles + Materiality Research Cluster at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology—both leading centres for research-creation working at the intersection of design, art, culture, and technology, while providing state-of-the-art resources and equipment for researchers. The IUF is a research platform for engaging with ideas on futurism, speculative design, rooted community engagement, and context-sensitive urban practices. The IUF platform brings together Concordia faculty and graduate students whose research and practice are bound to the field of urbanism with themes such as sustainability (arts, design, and culture being the driving force), right to the city, environmental humanism, resilience, migration, urban transformation, and more. The CRC will be expected to play a pivotal role in developing multi and transdisciplinary connections across Faculties at Concordia, while partnering with local, national and international cultural and commercial stakeholders, who are also investing in fibre and textile research and development.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate evidence of the potential to establish a strong externally funded research program focused on one or more of the following areas:

Biomaterials or bio-inspired generative or regrowth fibres, surfaces or structures exploring the future of making, material sourcing, low footprint production, life cycle assessment and rethinking current systems and approaches.
New Methods, machines and technical considerations in body wear utilizing seam or seamless technologies, no waste patterning, 3D printing, memory materials, and weaving or construction of shape shifting mesh and membranes.
Critical discourse concentrating on the socio-cultural relations between textiles, materials, body and environment through a research-creation or practice-based lens.
Robust and recapturable materials for electronic textiles, responsive and exploratory wearables for the performing arts, studio arts and design.
Interaction, interface and interplay addressing the agency and relationships of objects to body – binding, freeing, replicating to produce sensorial stimulation or perceptive shifts.
Experimental fibres in weaving structures, stitching, printing, shape shifting, constructing and embedding natural, synthetic and conductive fibres into responsive textiles and surfaces.
Material Science and speculative design with potential for applications in health and wellness including interlocking, programmable, curative materials or adaptive medical mesh and skins.

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD or terminal degree in a relevant discipline. The ability to attract and mentor excellent graduate students is also considered a requirement. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Department of Design and Computation Arts at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and will be expected to teach courses in the unit’s curricula at the graduate level as well as supervise students and directed study courses in the MDes, MFA Fibres and Material Practices, Individualized and Humanities programs. Although classes are taught in English, a foundation in French would be considered a strong asset.

The MDes in the Department of Design and Computation Arts is unique, as it synthesizes connections between visual communication, the built environment, networked societies and new media/design theory providing the groundwork for speculative ‘design through research and research through design’. The program distinguishes itself by putting the emphasis on issues of socio-cultural environmental sustainability as fundamental for the future of design theory and practice. The department is expanding its research capacities with new positions to support faculty as well as a university-wide initiative towards Resilient Cities: Designing for Socio/cultural/environmentally Responsive Cities and People. In this context, the CRC in Material Futures : Textiles Surface Structure Fibres would enter a supportive environment with engaged faculty and a growing number of graduate and undergraduate students interested in tangible media, smart textiles, soft surface design and sustainability. Significant facilities and infrastructure exist with new laboratories and equipment being proposed.

The successful candidate will also be expected to build cutting edge research capacity in six specific ways:

Develop a speculative design think tank focusing on research and development as an incubator for textile innovation embedding socio-cultural, environmental and economic sustainability.
Develop a research strategy and applications to take advantage of upcoming FQRSC/SSHRC interests in intersectorality – linking research and/or research-creation across the arts, social science-humanities, engineering (FQRNT) and health (CIHR).
Develop infrastructure funding applications (i.e., CFI) that build on and update/expand Concordia’s successes in obtaining high level research infrastructure (for Hexagram/Milieux Textiles + Materiality Cluster).
Develop local/international partner networks that will build towards SSHRC-PG and joint research projects to take advantage of European framework funding (2020).
Develop joint research projects, internships to bring experts together and interface with textile industries and wearable health industries in Quebec and Canada. This includes university-based research centres such as the PERFORM Centre, Centres for Sensory Studies, Applied Synthetic Biology, Milieux and other external alliances and centres of research.
Develop strategies for recruiting top graduate students and further ongoing internationalization and interrelated efforts in textiles and wearables.

Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premiere sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is currently engaged in a transformative moment in which pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices find resonance with a significant diversity of approaches. In the Faculty, live performance, community fieldwork, aesthetic activism, technical experimentation, historical scholarship, skills-based production, as well as traditional and digital fabrication are equally valued. In addition to curricular experimentation, the formation of significant research centres and external partnerships in Fine Arts have enriched opportunities for faculty and students.

The Faculty of Fine Arts will work with the candidate to prepare the formal application according to CRC program guidelines. The university will nominate the successful candidate to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity according to the guidelines of the program. A Canada Research Chair entails a reduced teaching load, research and salary stipends, as well as access to infrastructure grants for the duration of the five-year chair, renewable once, for a total of 10 years.

Located in the heart of vibrant, cosmopolitan Montreal and home to over 46,000 students and 7,200 staff, Concordia University is one of Canada's most innovative urban universities. Over the past decade, Concordia has invested significantly to renew its faculty, improve and expand its infrastructure and create state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research. Concordia has 7,400 graduate students enrolled in more than 200 graduate programs and over 6,300 international students from more than 150 countries. Concordia’s research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. For more information, please visit www.concordia.ca.

Applications should be submitted electronically to designandcomputationarts@concordia.ca and consist of: a covering letter, curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of research achievements including funding and research supervision, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, evidence of teaching and supervision effectiveness, a portfolio of works (.pdf or website) and the names and contact information of three referees. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree and submit a detailed five-year research plan, appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program. Digital applications (.pdf and web formats) should reach the department on or before November 1, 2017.

All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:

pk langshaw, Professor and Chair, Department of Design and Computation Arts
Email: pk.langshaw@concordia.ca
Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 4789

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Faculty of Fine Arts
Department of Design and Computation Arts
Institute for Urban Futures
Milieux Institute

This position, linked to the CRC appointment, will begin on August 1, 2018 or later. Review of applications will commence after the November 1st due date, and continue until the position is filled.
25.10.2017 um 15:02 Uhr
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