Conservation as a Human Science Fellowship (CHS): New York/Amsterdam
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Bard Graduate Center, together with the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum, announce a year-long (2018–19) fellowship focusing on developing the idea that conservation practice is a human science. Long devoted to the restoration and preservation of objects, conservation in the twentieth century became focused on questions of dating and attribution. With this fellowship, we aim to refocus attention on the life course, rather than the birth, of objects and so bring the conservator or cultural heritage scientist into the conversation about history-through-things now being carried on between historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and art historians.
Aimed at scholars at an early stage of their careers, the Fellow will reside consecutively in New York for approximately 6 months and in Amsterdam for approximately 5 months. They will be integrated fully into the intellectual lives of the Bard Graduate Center and the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum. The fellow will have considerable free time to do research in local collections and libraries. His or her main institutional responsibility will be to guide a monthly “wandering” seminar: visits of an invited group of scholars to view “problematic” objects in local area collections. The Fellow will play a major role in choosing the objects and collections and moderating the discussions of all relevant issues with the curators, conservators, and scientists in attendance. Each month will explore a different collection (public or private) and a different type of object (antiquities, art, natural history specimens, ethnographic, archaeological, etc.). The Fellow will write up a report of the conversation for the project website and supervise editing and publication of its video recording.
This fellowship is part of Bard Graduate Center’s “Cultures of Conservation” initiative, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Salary is $45,000. Housing is available, as is a small research/travel fund while the Fellow is in residence. Appointment to begin August 1, 2018.
To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single PDF file: a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for this fellowship as well as its desirability, a sample piece of writing, and curriculum vitae. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted either via email (email@example.com) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, CHS Fellowship Committee, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024). Applications must be received by December 1, 2017. Bard Graduate Center is an AA/EOE employer.
Art / Art History
Cultural History / Studies