Call for Expressions of Interest
City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2014
at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space of Vienna University of Technology, Austria,
on the annual theme
‘Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everyday life and insights’
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space/SKuOR (http://skuor.tuwien.ac.at) at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, of Vienna University of Technology, Austria, has opened a Call for Expressions of Interest for a short-term position of the City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2014, appointed for a period of one year.
The candidate appointed to the annual theme of 2014 “Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everyday life and insights”, will engage in teaching and research on various aspects of the social production of lived spaces. This annual appointment revolves around concrete local patterns of everyday life practices and their framing by abstract theories, thus linking local public spaces and urban cultures to global processes of urbanization. The candidate is expected to promote a postdisciplinary approach in urban studies as a starting point for research positioned between the fields of expert knowledge, everyday knowledge, practical knowledge and local knowledge, aiming at the comprehensive understanding of everyday life practices in contemporary European cities and their critique. The epistemological potential of linking urban culture and public space for producing academic insights pertaining to urban studies at faculties of architecture and planning lies in ist capacity to develop scientific perspectives that dialectically combine the mundane nature of everyday life with its political dimension. This dialectical interplay is very much visible across multiple dimensions of both historic and recent social movements (such as the latest civil unrest and protests in Istanbul or Rio de Janeiro).
The Visiting Professor will, jointly with the direction of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, establish an academic team, which will dialectically shape an annual teaching and research programme, and develop a networking scheme at the European level. The candidate, who is either a luminary in contemporary social science based urban research (Know Why), or an expert in experimental and innovation-oriented research and teaching related to urban design and planning (Know How) will further develop her/his specific focus at the interface between theory and practice towards fostering critical methods and a constructive understanding in urban design, urban planning and urban research.
The candidate must have previously held a position of an assistant professor (tenure track), associate professor or full professor, and should be authorized to supervise doctoral students. A temporary position is offered for the academic year 2014, in the period from 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2015.
Additional information regarding the Call for Expression of Interests 2014, the profile and requirements, as well as the formal procedure, can be obtained at the homepage of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (http://skuor.tuwien.ac.at).
For any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr.-Ing. Anja Steglich at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Vienna University of Technology by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expression of Interest can be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com until 30 August 2013.