[artinfo] open call for fellowship at Central European University

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Wed Jan 5 12:43:16 CET 2022

REPATRIATES project by Khadija von Zinnenburg 
Carroll and open call for PhD fellowship

Central European University

Application deadline: February 1, 2022, 11:59pm


Central European University announces the 
REPATRIATES project by Khadija von Zinnenburg 
Carroll and a call for applications for a fully 
funded PhD fellowship in Vienna on repatriation.

Artistic Research in Museums and Communities 
engaged in the process of object repatriation 
from European collections.

research project is seeking to appoint an 
artistic researcher from Nigeria, Bénin Republic 
or Mali as an integral member of the wider 
research team.  The position is to be held as a 
PhD Candidate for three to four years. The 
appointee is expected to have a developed social 
practice as an artist, art historian, critical 
heritage studies practitioner, anthropologist (or 
related disciplines) as well as a demonstrable 
knowledge of material culture and techniques of 
making, and a clear interest in the processes and 
contexts of the museum/community repatriation 
experience.  Awareness of, and involvement in, 
current artistic research concerning repatriation 
by contemporary artists from both Nigeria and 
Bénin will be significant. The appointee will 
hold the position of Doctoral Student, and will 
join an interdisciplinary research team composed 
of artists, curators, art historians and others 
based in Australia, Mexico, and Namibia, as well 
as a range of academic and institutional partners 
in Paris, Berlin, London and Vienna. The 
appointee will be expected to work 
collaboratively with other members of this 
international team to effect creative, reflexive 
and analytical research tasks. REPATRIATES is a 
five year project, awarded two million Euros to 
artist Professor 
von Zinnenburg Carroll, which offers a structured 
framework in which to afford research time to 
individual and collaborative critical analyses of 
a range of repatriation processes and practices.

Collectively, the wider team has the potential to 
expand the debate to the infra-politics of the 
repatriation process, an approach especially 
relevant in the French context which has seen an 
exaggerated focus on the legal issue of 
inalienability, as well as the perception of the 
initiative as a high-level top-down political 
strategy. REPATRIATES will help re-evaluate 
object agency and the cultural impact of these 
processes in a more holistic way: beyond "contact 
zones" and "museum frictions", REPATRIATES 
proposes the restitution process as a means to 
unsettle calcified power relations between 
European museums and their transnational 
stakeholder communities.

Observing the Musée du Quai Branly as a focal 
point of French debates about restitution a site 
of intense national and international interest, 
in parallel to the debate in other European 
states, this doctoral research will make a key 
contribution to the comparative research of the 
overarching REPATRIATES project.

Demonstrable existing working relationships of 
trust with the stakeholder communities in Africa 
will be essential to the access required to 
conduct this research. The post-holder will be 
working in an international, intercultural, 
inter-institutional and interdisciplinary context 
in which a range of highly disparate 
methodologies, ontologies and epistemologies will 
be operative concurrently.  Furthermore, the 
subject of the research itself is highly 
contested in high-level nation-state political 
and legal arenas as well as in personal, cultural 
and community arenas.

PhD fellowship
The PhD will be supervised by the project's 
Principle Investigator Professor Khadija von 
Zinnenburg Carroll in the Department of History. 
The fellow will pursue a 
in Comparative History and will be funded by the 
European Research Council, Horizon 2020.

Location: Central European University, Vienna, 
Austria. Research sites will include Bénin 
Republic or Nigeria (Abuja and/or Abomey and/or 
Benin City), or Mali, with travel to Paris and 
Vienna, depending on research focus.

This open call is also available 
in French.

Applicants can apply 

Application deadline: February 1, 2022, 11:59pm (Central European Time).

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