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 Associate Research Fellow:


 24 October 2009 | visits 840

AHRC-funded project, Painting for the Salon? The French State, Artists and Academy, 1830-1852 (Fixed term, part-time)

University of Exeter - School of Arts, Languages and Literatures, Department of Modern Languages: French

(Ref. E61N2322)

This new part-time (70%) fixed term Associate Research Fellowship post is available from 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2012.

The aim of the project, directed by Dr James Kearns, is to undertake a sustained analysis of a 20-year period in the history of the State-sponsored institution which dominated the production and reception of French painting and sculpture during the nineteenth century, and, in doing so, to develop a methodology for embedding the institutional dimension in future art historical research. While Dr Kearns examines the role of the French state in the Salon during the period indicated, the Associate Research Fellow will investigate the Salon's role in the career trajectory of artists during the same period, while a Postgraduate research student will undertake a PhD thesis on the role of the Salon jury, responsibility for which was delegated to the Academy during the July Monarchy but removed from it during the Second Republic.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent research experience and relevant publications in an aspect of French art history of the first half of the nineteenth century; native or near-native competence in the French language; proven skills in the analysis of handwritten, printed and electronic archives. Research outputs of the project will be a co-authored book, a co-edited volume of conference papers, an exhibition with catalogue and participation in research workshops on the history of the Salon. The post offers the successful candidate a unique opportunity to participate in a major research project and in so doing to develop their careers, professional experience and training in research methods, skills and procedures.

The starting salary will be circa £24,000 pro rata (70%) on Grade E.

Application packs are available from

e-mail; quoting reference number E61N2322.

Completed applications should be forwarded to Jenny Hickman, SALL Research Administrator either by e-mail ( or by post to the following address Room 256, School of Arts, Literatures and Languages, Queen's Building, The Queen's Drive, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QH.

The closing date for completed applications is 12 noon 13 November 2009. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 30 November 2009.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity in its workforce and, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, is particularly keen to consider applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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