Recent Opportunities


Phd Student Position, KHI Florence

Minerva Research Group "The Nomos of Images" at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut
Application deadline: Dec 30, 2018

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The Minerva Research Group "The Nomos of Images" at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut in Italy invites to apply for a PhD student position, starting no later than April 2019 (for a duration of 9 months).

The research project investigates in multiple normative dimensions of visibility, materiality and aesthetics in visual history and juridical practice. Mainly concerned with formulating the analytical framework for an iconology of law the project seeks to explain different legal historical contexts in relation to their visual manifestations. Those juridical dimensions defy the disciplinary boundaries of art history and visual culture in how they relate to form, content and style as well as tradition. Notwithstanding the vast inventory of discrete analyses of legal iconography, no systematic approach exists to date that factors in the relevant domains of legal practice and norm. Researches in the frame of the "Nomos of Images" project have highlighted different cultural contexts and artworks that range from the late medieval period to the present day. Please find more detailed information about the research group here:

Research proposals should fit within the analytical frame of the "Nomos of Images" project and can address any cultural context or period. Comparative studies are welcome. Projects should focus on the relation between visuality and legal normativity, this may be an art historical or visual studies perspective with affiliations or references to relevant disciplines including legal history, comparative literature, history of philosophy, political sciences and others. Doctoral candidates should be enrolled on the PhD program at their home university.

Applications should include the following:

1. Letter of motivation
2. PhD project abstract
3. Curriculum Vitae with list of publication
4. Names and contacts of two personal references

The Max-Planck-Institute for Art History in Florence is an international research institute. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. PhD students are expected to participate in the activities at the Institute. Spoken languages are English, German or Italian. It is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in one of these languages. The recipient of the position will be expected to be in residence in Florence for the entire period of her or his appointment.

Please send your application in English or German no later than December 30, 2018 via e-mail (single pdf-file) to the head of the Minerva Research Group, Dr. Carolin Behrmann:


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