W3- Endowed Professorship for "Theory and Practice of Curation"

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum

für Kulturtechnik invite applications for a

W3- Endowed Professorship for "Theory and Practice of Curation"

at the earliest possible date and limited for 5 years.

The professorship is intended to represent the thematic field of curatorial practice as an interdisciplinary form of knowledge, its theory and history in research and teaching. Based on the historical-theoretical research approach on cultural techniques, the professorship will reflect on and shape current research subjects and relate them to the material objects associated with these processes. The professorship is located at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik. It cooperates closely with the Executive Board of the Academy of the “Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss” and supports it with its expertise, especially in the programmatic orientation and scientific evaluation. In addition, the professorship will cooperate with the Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity. Image Space Material” and the Institute for Cultural History and Theory, in order to help to design their activities and formats in the context of the Humboldt Forum.

We are looking for a person who represent the topic of the professorship in research and
teaching as broadly as possible and who are qualified in the following areas of
  • experience in conception, realisation and organisation of innovative interdisciplinary exhibition and communication projects
  • internationally proven research on material knowledge cultures and design processes in connection with exhibition and mediation projects
  • excellent, relevant dissertation and additional scientific research achievements documented by publications, exhibition catalogues or similar successful acquisition of third-party funds
  • experience in interdisciplinary project-oriented teaching
  • excellent knowledge of German and English

The acquisition of third-party funding is expected.

The applicants must meet the legal requirements for professorial appointments in accordance with § 100 of the Berliner Hochschulgesetz.

Humboldt-Universität is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Researchers from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.

Please send your application (including a list of publications, a complete list of courses, details of previous and current (externally funded) research projects, a 2-page summary of the research profile) within 4 weeks, quoting the reference number PR/004/20 to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Director of Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin or preferably in electronic form in one pdf file to Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.