Postdoctoral Researcher At The Centre For Art And The Political Imaginary

Göteborg University
April 22, 2024
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the core team of Centre for Art and the Political Imaginary (CAPIm).

The Centre for Art and the Political Imaginary is committed to interdisciplinary practice and research in the meeting between contemporary art and the future of politics. Based at two institutions of higher education in art: HDK-Valand and Kungl. Konsthögskolan, the Centre's aim is to facilitate connections between research and education through an engagement with experimental approaches. It is the first Swedish Centre of Excellence in the field of Artistic Research.

The activities of the Centre are organized around four conceptual strands guiding the construction of innovative educational and research frameworks. Climate Imaginaries engages with radical ecological change and environmental futures. Historical Imaginaries addresses decolonial approaches to collective memory and nationalist representations, as well as non-aligned movements and intensifying globalization. Democratic Imaginaries takes its point of departure from the polarization of the public sphere and emerging forms of illiberalism. Technological Imaginaries is focused on the interactions between art and technological developments and their resulting projections of possible futures.

The Centre is co-chaired by Prof. Mick Wilson and Prof. Natasha Marie Llorens, who together with Prof. Jyoti Mistry and Dr. Axel Andersson form its steering committee.

The Royal Institute of Art has been educating artists and architects since 1735. It is Sweden's largest institution of higher education in Fine Art and Architecture. The faculty of artists, theoreticians, and architects at the Royal Institute of Art is highly acclaimed, both at the national level and internationally. Students are trained to enter the field of artistic and architectural practice at the highest level .

The Artistic Faculty at the University of Gothenburg consists of the two departments HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design and the Academy of Music and Drama.

Our vision

With the challenges society faces today, education and research within the field of the arts are more important than ever; fundamentally, one of the strengths of the arts is the creating of perspective and critical tools, as well as meaning and hope. Our Faculty will be pro-active in issues related to the arts, culture and learning, where creativity and innovation are embraced in a wider sense. Locally established and globally orientated, our Faculty will be a place that accommodates the arts, the creating of knowledge, critique, visions, and transformation. The arts, and culture, are for everyone to enjoy – and our Faculty will be a meeting-place for agents of culture, culture institutions, the creative industries, as well as civil society as a whole. To be a house with many ways in – and even more ways out – will be our goal

Subject area

Crafts & Fine Art


As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Centre for Art and Political Imaginary you will have a major role in shaping the centre's programme. The post is structured as 80% research tasks and 20% educational tasks. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

Research tasks (80% of the total employment)

  • Self-set research tasks. Realise own artistic research project within the framework of the Centre's remit. (50% of the total employment)
  • Assigned research task: Under the supervision of Prof. Mick Wilson, and in concert with colleagues at the CAPIm, contribute to a mapping of the different usages of the imaginary across the contemporary art field with particular reference to: (i) contrasting constructions of the imaginary; (ii) instances of the political imaginary deployed as a specific formulation and operational term within artistic research; and (iii) evaluating claims for the viability of applied research/practice based research on specific aspects of the political imaginary. (30% of the total employment.)
  • Collaborate with colleagues at CAPIm and its broader research community to support activities (e.g annual seminars with invited researchers, a bi- annual international summer school, conferences organized by CAPIm, etc.)
  • Communicating research and research results to various publics in various forms of publication (e.g., artistic production, academic journals, academic and public presentations, organising seminars, workshops, symposia, online media dissemination)
  • Maintaining, and sharing on a regular basis, detailed documentation of the research process
  • Participating in collaborative research funding applications based on both the assigned and self-set research
  • Teaching tasks (20% of the total employment)

  • Working together with colleagues in the Text Area at KKH to develop experimental educational formats and workshops
  • Contribute teaching inputs and innovations to a range of courses at HDK- Valand that address different aspects of the political imaginary, public- ness and related matters
  • General tasks in support of research and teaching

  • Attending regular in-person and online team meetings
  • Contributing to joint publications by the core team and other collaborative programme activities
  • Other tasks and duties connected to the educational and research programme of the centre
  • The duties described above may change over time due to unforeseen circumstances.


    The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

    To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the applicant is required to have a doctoral degree, a doctoral degree in art or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree. This eligibility requirement must be met before the employment decision is made.

    In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years prior to the end of the application period shall be considered. Those who have completed their degree more than three years prior to the end of the application period may also be considered in the first instance if special grounds exist. Special grounds relate to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, commissions of trust within union organisations, service within the defence services or other similar circumstances, as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.

    Assessment criteria


    Knowledge base

  • A completed PhD in artistic practice (includes but not limited to fine art, design, photography, film, performance, and literature), art history, curating,or cognate disciplines – preferably a PhD that was practice-based or practice-led
  • Demonstrable knowledge of debates and practices in the following areas: contemporary art and politics; and artistic research.
  • Organisational competencies

  • Evidence of a capacity to work independently and collaboratively
  • Evidence of organisational and project management skills
  • Evidence of creative problem-solving capacity, ability to think outside- of-the-box, and adaptability
  • Evidence of a capacity to persist and complete tasks
  • Evidence of a willingness to acquire new skills where required to complete tasks
  • Communication and digital skills

  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Oral and written fluency in English
  • An academic publication portfolio in English
  • Evidence of a broad portfolio of digital competencies
  • Desirable:

  • To have an established network that can inform and strengthen the research connectivity of the centre in its work
  • Demonstrable skills and experience in editorial processes
  • Demonstrable knowledge of debates with respect to social and political imaginaries
  • While the position is based at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg, it will require travel to and teaching in Stockholm and some administrative duties within CAPIm. You will be expected to be active in Stockholm and Gothenburg.

    We will select the most suitable candidate to carry out the tasks included in the position, cooperate with other personnel, and contribute to a positive development of the environment.


    The employment is full time employment, time restricted for two years

    The position is based at HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design in Gothenburg, but because the Centre for Art and the Political Imaginary (CAPIm) spans both and HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design's campus in Gothenburg and KKH's campus in Stockholm, your responsibilities will also span both campuses.

    Start date is 1 September 2024, or the date we later agree upon.

    Contact information

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof. Mick Wilson [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact the HR function at HDK-Valand [email protected]


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    Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

    The application should contain:

  • A letter of motivation that provides 1) describing why you are interested in contributing to CAPIm and how your previous research experience aligns with CAPIm's mission; 2) a summary of how your proposed self-set research project fits with CAPIm's mission; and 3 ) an outline of how you would approach the assigned research task (max 3 A4 pages).
  • CV
  • Research proposal that describes the proposed research project that aligns with the mission of the centre (max 2 A4 pages) .
  • Portfolio of 4-6 research outputs that may include artistic research works, and should include at least two textual outputs demonstrating your writing skills.
  • Proof of completed PhD. See also the eligibility requirement above.
  • Two professional references including contact details – one of these should be a prior supervisor.
  • Publications that cannot be attached to the application in digital format should be sent to the HR function at HDK-Valand

    HDK-Valand HR, ref number PAR 2024/222 Box 131 405 30 Gotheburg Sweden

    and should be received no later than last application date.

    Interviews are planned for May 2024 via Zoom.

    Applications must be received by: 22 April 2024.

    Information for International Applicants

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    The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

    Salaries are set individually at the University.

    In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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