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Wim Crouwel Chair in the History, Theory and Sociology of Graphic Design and Visual Culture
University of Amsterdam
Above: Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring. Street art. Photo: University of Amsterdam Cultural Analysis Master's programme.
Above: Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring. Street art. Photo: University of Amsterdam Cultural Analysis Master's programme.

Application deadline: February 5, 2020

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The Wim Crouwel Special Chair (one day per week) has been established in the Faculty of Humanities by the Wim Crouwel Institute (WCI), through a decision of the Executive Board of the UvA. The WCI aims to encourage research and education in the field of graphic design and visual culture in the broadest sense. The rich heritage of Dutch graphic design plays a key role in this.

The Wim Crouwel Institute collaborates closely with the Allard Pierson of the University of Amsterdam, which houses the archives of prominent Dutch designers, and with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, which holds the masterpieces of Dutch graphic design. Together, they curate the largest and most important collection in this field in the world.

The special chair is focused on the study of modern Dutch graphic design and visual culture within a broad historical and sociological context.

The focus areas of history, theory and sociology of graphic design and visual culture are barely, if at all, represented at the university level in the Netherlands. This special chair will be designated as a means for emphasising the societal importance of graphic design and visual culture and enhancing the visibility of this discipline in the Netherlands and abroad. The special chair is responsible for initiating, executing and supervising research into the field and for teaching, with due regard for current affairs in design and the connectedness thereof with other disciplines in an international perspective.

The Wim Crouwel Special Chair in the History, Theory and Sociology of Graphic Design and Visual Culture is part of the Book Studies Group in the department of Art and Culture.

The professor by special appointment will contribute to the courses offered in the relevant field of study and will give lectures in Dutch and English. In addition to teaching in the Bachelor’s and Master’s/Research Master's programmes, the professor's tasks will also include thesis supervision. He/she will also play a stimulating role in attracting and supervising doctoral candidates and will participate in various academic and professional networks for relevant research.

The professor by special appointment will conduct research in the relevant field of study and publish the results in journals and the media in order to reach a wider audience. The research will be carried out at the Amsterdam School for Heritage Memory and Material Culture (AHM), which is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR).

The full description of the vacancy, including tasks, job requirements and instructions for applicants, is available on the website of the University of Amsterdam: https://www.uva.nl/en/content/vacancies/2019/12/19-862-special-professor-history-theory-and-sociology-of-graphic-design-and-visual-culture-wim-crouwel-chair.html Please consult this description before applying.

For information please write to Hotze Mulder, [email protected].

January 22, 2020

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Wim Crouwel Institute, Amsterdam