Postdocs within the field of Early Modern Architectural History at The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies in association with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Centre for Privacy Studies
(PRIVACY) advertises one or two fully funded postdoc positions within
the field of early modern Architectural History in association with The
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. PRIVACY is
established with a grant of 50 mio DKK (ca. 6.7 mio Euro) from the
Danish National Research Foundation and based at the University of
Copenhagen (UCPH). The postdocs will be enrolled at The Royal Danish
Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Institute of Architecture
and Design, but will work on a daily basis at the center at UCPH.
PRIVACY was launched in the
autumn of 2017 under the direction of Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun and
runs for six years with the possibility of a four-year extension. It is
hosted by the Department of Church History at the Faculty of Theology,
UCPH, in association with the Faculty of Law, UCPH and the School of
Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of
Architecture, Design and Conservations (KADK), Copenhagen. Professor
Peter Thule Kristensen from KADK is core scholar at Centre for Privacy
Studies and will supervise the postdocs within the field of
The research team currently consists of nine postdocs and four PhD-students as well as affiliated and visiting scholars.
About the position
The position as postdoc will consist of research and, to a minor extent, administrative work.
Your tasks will include research
within Centre for Privacy Studies in relation to eleven cases in Early
Modern Europe. This research will be conducted in interdisciplinary
case teams where you will represent the architectural historical
The postdocs will have
responsibility for a range of duties, which require arrangement and
forward planning of research activities, and will show initiative to
ensure that the research is conducted in accordance with the project
timeline. You will be expected to plan your own work and the work in the
case teams, ensuring that all deadlines are met, and to facilitate
effective publication and dissemination of the project outcomes. In
addition, the postdocs are to a minor extent expected to teach courses
and participate in teaching related to their discipline mainly at KADK.
Centre for Privacy Studies
PRIVACY is dedicated to
interdisciplinary and collaborative research into notions of privacy in
Early Modern Europe. It focuses on eleven cases from Denmark, England,
France, Germany and the Netherlands in the period 1500–1800. The
collaborative programme is driven by an interdisciplinary vision of an
integrated approach in which a team of scholars collaborate, challenge
and inspire each other in a joint pursuit of the legislative,
religious, social, cultural and architectural aspects of privacy.
The aim of PRIVACY is to develop
- systematized historical knowledge of dynamics that shape, induce or curb privacy in society
- an interdisciplinary method equipped to grasp such dynamics
- a strong and vibrant
international research environment dedicated to high-profile historical
research and equipped to incite a much broader investigation of
PRIVACY’s scholarly potency
stems from its site-based interdisciplinary analysis. Across eleven
cases the research team will trawl Early Modern material: letters,
laws, manuals, newspapers, sermons, architectural drawings, buildings,
diaries, contracts, community records etc. for notions of privacy,
analyzing the deployment of words with the root ‘priv-ʼ: in privato,
privy, Privat-(person/andacht etc.), privauté etc. as well as
boundaries drawn in relation to, e.g., confidentiality, security,
family, body, self. The research programme is based on a joint
interdisciplinary focus on, e.g., legislative thresholds between home
and community; decrees regarding individuals’ bodies, or the idea of
the household’s (oeconomia) impact on civic well-being (politia);
ecclesiastical and political power over ‘heretical’ mindsets; and
architectural demarcation of the household in the community and the
individuals’ place in it.
Scholars funded by PRIVACY are
required to join two or more case-teams. For further description of the
project and the eleven cases, please visit the homepage: http://teol.ku.dk/privacy/research/.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture,
Design and Conservation (KADK), founded in 1754, hosts three of the
leading schools within architecture, design and conservation in Europe.
The academy, placed in the center of Copenhagen, includes world-class
research environments engaged in a series of EU and nationally funded
research and innovation projects. The academy employs 230 academic staff
including architects, designers, conservators, technical specialists,
artists, historians, chemists and engineers, and it has currently
enrolled 1700 PhD, graduate and undergraduate students. KADK’s schools
work in accordance with OECD’s definitions of research, and KADK’s
education is rooted in academic research.
The postdocs will be enrolled at KADK’s Institute of Architecture and
Design (IAD). IAD is a cross disciplinary teaching and research
environment including both architecture and design students. The
institute consists of three bachelor programs and four master programs
constituting the framework around teaching and research including both
designers, architects and scholars from humanities. The teaching and the
research focus on architecture, entrepreneurship, spatial and interior
design, furniture design, textile design and fashion design. In
addition, the institute runs a department for ceramics and glass at
Bornholm (one of the bachelor programs), workshops at the School of
Design and the IT teaching facilities of the School of Architecture.
Within IAD, the postdocs can
among others teach at the master program Spatial Design, headed by
Professor Peter Thule Kristensen. This program bases parts of its
teaching within spatial and interior design on research from Centre for
For further description of KADK, IAD and Spatial Design, please visit following homepage: https://kadk.dk/en.
Research areas at Centre for Privacy Studies
PRIVACY launches a systematic,
scholarly fusion of the areas of architecture, theology, law and
history. The research team brings together four sets of field-inherent
skills and approaches to privacy:
Urban plans, buildings and rooms frame privacy, creating secrecy and
shelter; chapels and cabinets stage prayer, study and intimacy, and are
amplified by interiors and furnishing; alcove beds and privies (toilets)
wall off bodily needs; rural retreat offset urban life.
Religious culture: Early
Modern believers favour privacy (material and/or mental retreat) as a
site for pious focus, and privacy is often presented as place
particularly fit for prayer and insight. But privacy also evades control
and prompts suspicion of heresy or sin, leading to efforts to regulate
the private sphere by means of church discipline.
Modern law defines conditions for property, sexual conduct, marriage,
inheritance and rulers’ claims to their subjects’ work, property and
lives (conscription, monopoly of violence within penal law).
focus on notions of privacy within a scholarly span ranging from
political theory to social practice. In Early Modern society, privacy is
seen as a threat and as a positive value. A new ideology of marriage
and family favours intimacy and domesticity, but also enforces state and
community control. In politics, privacy often equals secrecy: it is a
latent threat to civic stability and vital for the ruler. A broad array
of social and societal conditions delineate access to and notions of
Applicants must have a relevant
education at Master’s degree level, and a PhD degree within the fields
of Architecture, Architectural History or related disciplines. Relevant
research experiences related to interdisciplinary collaboration is
considered a qualification. The research language is English. The
research team work on sources in French, German, Danish, Dutch, Latin,
Portuguese and Classical Greek. Specialist knowledge of Early Modern
culture is important; just as vital is, however, readiness to engage in
interdisciplinary collaboration on a broad array of different sources
and the ability to work in a team.
Applicants must have knowledge
of design processes, architectural history and theories, patronage,
patterns of use, materiality and tectonics.
The Postdocs employed are
expected to teach courses related to their discipline. Ability to teach
broadly and in different formats is considered a qualification.
A recruitment seminar will take
place in Copenhagen 19 February, 2020. It will involve an introduction
to PRIVACY and its research programme as well as to expectations
Deadline for applications for participation in the recruitment
seminar is 31 January, 12.00. Please send an email including a letter of
motivation and a CV to Head of Administration at Centre for Privacy
Studies Maj Riis Poulsen, email@example.com.
A limited number of bursaries covering trips and accommodation for one night are available.
Terms of employment
Postdocs at PRIVACY are required
to be present at the centre for the duration of their employment. All
members of the research team have office space at the centre. They
participate in weekly meetings, field trips and workshops and are
required to contribute to joint publications and publish research on the
cases in international peer-reviewed journals.
All Postdocs will be employed at KADK in Copenhagen.
The Postdoc position is a full
time temporary employment for the duration of two years with the
possibility of a one-year extension. The employment will be in
accordance with the agreement in force between the Ministry of Finance
and a number of organisations under the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations (AC) for academics in public service. It will
be possible to negotiate qualification supplements depending on your
competences and experience.
Employment will also be in
accordance with the applicable job structure for artistic and scientific
staff at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture,
Design and Conservation, Aarhus School of Architecture and Design
The application with appertaining appendices should be forwarded electronically via the button ‘Søg stillingen‘ (Apply for position) below.
The application should be in English and must include the following enclosures:
- a motivation letter, including a plan for your employment at Centre for Privacy Studies (1 page)
- CV with documentation of
degrees, highlighting experience with interdisciplinary and
collaborative research, teaching and language skills
- a complete list of
publications, with a commented highlighting of publications that
you consider relevant in relation to the research programme of the
- a presentation of your plans
for your contribution to the PRIVACY research programme, including a
preliminary description of potential source material and proposed
methodology as well as a list of the five PRIVACY cases you are most
interested in working on (max 3 pages in all)
- teaching portfolio, portfolio with design works
- three samples of writing (articles or book chapters)
- co-author declarations. If
citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author
declaration, which addresses the applicant’s share of these works, must
be submitted. Material that has not yet been published can be
submitted. However, please indicate the precise status of each
We advise you to have the documents ready before you begin your online application.
Submit the application no later than 22 March, 2020. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
The ideal starting date would be 15 June 2020, but this is negotiable.
Please note that the position is
being advertised and will be filled in accordance with the Danish
Ministry of Culture’s ‘Executive Order no. 1208 of 12 October 2010 on
the employment of artistic/scientific staff at certain educational
institutions under the Ministry of Culture’. The appointment as postdoc
will therefore be based on a concrete assessment by an expert assessment
After the application deadline,
the Director of Centre for Privacy Studies selects applicants for
assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. This selection is
based on the applicants’ educational qualifications, the quality of
the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the research agenda
of the centre as well as other relevant qualifications. All applicants
are immediately notified whether their application has been accepted
The applications accepted for
assessment will be assessed by a committee, comprising expertise in the
relevant fields. Selected applicants will be notified of the composition
of the assessment committee. When the committee has completed its
assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the
assessment. A number of qualified candidates will be selected for a job
interview in Copenhagen. We aim to interview qualified candidates in
April or June 2020.
For information about PRIVACY, please see: http://teol.ku.dk/privacy/about-privacy/.
For questions regarding research, please contact Centre Director, Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun (firstname.lastname@example.org); for practical questions, please contact Head of Administration Maj Riis Poulsen (email@example.com). For
questions concerning the enrolment at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine
Arts, School of Architecture and research, please contact core scholar
Professor Peter Thule Kristensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information about the
application process and the e-recruitment system can be obtained by
contacting HR Officer Ellen Kruse Jacobsen by email: email@example.com or by tel.: +45 4170 1539.
Potential applicants from outside Denmark will find information about life in Denmark at https://www.workindenmark.dk/.
The University of Copenhagen and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.
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Post expires on Sunday March 22nd, 2020