[artinfo] Academy of Fine Arts Vienna PhD in Practice

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Fri Jan 31 23:01:21 CET 2020

Call for applications for PhD in Practice Program 2020

Application deadline: March 2, 2020

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Schillerplatz 3
1010 Vienna

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna invites 
applications to its doctoral program for research 
in artistic practice. The "PhD-in-Practice" 
program provides participants with the 
opportunity to pursue their individual arts-based 
research projects in a collective learning 
environment with a decidedly transdisciplinary 
and international bent. The program is 
coordinated by Renate Lorenz (Professor for Art 
and Research) and Anette Baldauf (Professor for 
Methodology and Epistemology). The invited 
lecturers and guests include Saidiya Hartman, 
Tina Campt, Eve Tuck, Stefano Harney, Sharon 
Hayes, Nikita Dhawan, and Kapwani Kiwanga.

The PhD in Practice program is built on a concept 
of arts-based research that relates to critical 
epistemologies, as they have been developed in 
the context of feminist, queer, postcolonial, 
ecological, postmarxist and other political and 
emancipatory projects. Inspired by these 
struggles, the PhD in Practice program approaches 
arts-based research as a space for the 
negotiation of social, political, cultural and 
economic conflicts. It refers to a history of 
research in the arts, which has been developed in 
dialog with an array of different fields, 
including academia, activism, high art as much as 
pop and subculture. It thus privileges 
cultural/artistic productions, which are 
concerned with a critique of injustice, social 
hierarchies and exclusions, and it is interested 
in the development of heterotopic visions as well 
as activist interventions.

The PhD in Practice program is designed for a 
duration of four years of study. During this time 
the participants will develop their projects 
artistically, theoretically, and analytically in 
coordination with the academic and artistic team 
of co-participants and faculty. Participants 
conceive, organize, document, as well as carry 
out independent and/or collaborative arts-based 
research in an PhD supervision environment that 
is dedicated to transdisciplinary and 
international exchange.

Course work is organized around so-called focus 
weeks, which take place one week per month during 
the academic calendar (October to January, March 
to June). During these weeks the participants and 
the PhD in Practice team meet for tutorials, 
seminars, lectures, workshops, excursions and 
other research and study events. The PhD in 
Practice participants have access to the 
facilities and resources of the Academy of Fine 
Arts Vienna and to the institutions and people 
that form the broader and expanding network of 
the Academy. Moreover, participants are expected 
to take an active part in organizing the program, 
including the conceptualization and organization 
of workshops, guest lectures, conferences, 
exhibitions, screenings, etc.

Available positions
(1) Four doctoral PhD positions are available 
with a 75% employment contract with a duration of 
four years (payment according to B 1, § 49 Abs. 3 
KV, currently 2,196.75 EUR/month before tax, 
incl. health benefits) These positions require 
residency in Vienna.

(2) Additionally, candidates can apply for a PhD 
position without funding (student-only, low 
residency scheme, which does not require moving 
to Vienna).

Entry requirements
Requirements for admission to the PhD in Practice 
program are a degree (Magister, MA or Diplom) 
from a recognized university or academy, and the 
submission of the required application material 
(see below). Applicants with an ongoing artistic 
career are encouraged to apply.

The application is online only. Please submit all 
your application material in English! 
Applications must be uploaded within the call 

From experience we know that if people upload 
their material on the day the application 
deadline ends, unexpected troubles can make it 
impossible to finish the application process. We 
therefore highly recommend that you upload your 
material early enough to clear potential 

The application must contain:
-the completed web application form (available 
when the call opens officially), including the 
statement, if you apply for a position with 
employment contract or for a position without 
funding (student only)
-a curriculum vitae (including a list of 
exhibitions the applicant has contributed to and 
of publications or other artistic and scholarly 
work that has been published; pdf)
-a project proposal (10 pages max; 1.5 line spacing, pdf)
-an abstract of the project proposal (1 page max, 1.5 line spacing; pdf)
-a digital portfolio (a single pdf document, 5 MB max).
-a scan of the certificate(s) which proves that 
you received a degree (Magister, MA or Diplom) 
from a recognized/ accredited university or 

The online application form will be available 
during the call at 

If film/video is an important part of your 
application, please upload your material on 
vimeo.com and enclose the link to your 

Admission process
Selection process takes place in the course of 
two consecutive meetings of the admission jury: 
The admission jury will review all applications; 
it will assess the proposed PhD projects as well 
as the applicants' portfolios and their academic 
and professional biographies and choose those 
applicants to be invited for an interview. End of 
May the jury will conduct interviews with the 
selected group of applicants. The results of the 
application process will be made public shortly 

Admitted candidates will embark on the PhD in Practice program October 1, 2020.

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