We are looking for a new colleague specialised in aesthetics, i.e. the philosophy of art. The field is understood broadly, including historical theories of beauty and aesthetic experience, reflections on particular forms of art (literature, music, etc.), cognitive theories of art, the role of art in society, the relation between morality and art works, the ontology of art, and more. Wat ga je doen?
We are looking for a colleague who is able to connect their expertise in aesthetics to relevant questions in theoretical philosophy and/or practical philosophy and/or the history of philosophy. You will teach various courses in aesthetics, as well as courses in other subfields of philosophy (depending on your expertise). At the department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
, research is embedded in three groups: History of Philosophy
, Theoretical Philosophy
, and the Ethics Institute
. You will be embedded in one or more of these groups, depending on your expertise. Therefore, you are asked to link your research expertise in aesthetics to one or more other subfields and topics in philosophy.
We highly value interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate’s research specialisation should facilitate collaborations within one or more of the Utrecht University’s research strategic themes
(Institutions for Open Societies, Dynamics of Youth, Pathways to Sustainability, Life Sciences) or focus areas
. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration are also with various other departments and programmes in the Faculty of Humanities where the arts are studied: the department of History and Art History
, the department of Languages, Literature and Communication
, and the department of Media and Culture Studies
We highly value connecting our research and teaching to societal stakeholders, in various forms of public outreach and engagement, collaborative research projects, etc. This is as much a contribution to society as an enrichment of our own fundamental research. We expect you to create an agenda for societal impact for your work in aesthetics.