Visiting Professorship for Central Europe
Updated: 01 Nov 2023
The visiting professor will be active at the Leiden University Institute for History and will co-operate with the Special Chair for Central European Studies established there by the Leiden Foundation for Austrian Studies.
Candidates with backgrounds in history, art history, literature, and music are invited to apply; social scientists with outspoken cultural or historical approaches to Central Europe are also eligible.
Visiting professors will be active in the second semester (early February-early June). They are expected to teach two courses (a BA lecture course and an advanced BA or MA research seminar) on broad and attractive themes connected to their research. Teaching will be in English (although passive knowledge of German can be expected among the students).
Leiden University provides visiting professors with office space and access to digital services. Housing will be arranged by the Austrian Studies Fund (previously: Leiden Foundation for Austrian Studies). Visiting professors will be encouraged to participate in the academic life of the Humanities Faculty and Leiden University. The scheme is intended to benefit the Leiden community as well as the Visiting Professor through the fruitful exchange of knowledge and experiences.
The Annual Leiden Visiting Professorship for Central Europe is intended to strengthen Austrian-Dutch academic co-operation in the field of Central European History and Culture. In co-operation with the Special Chair, Prof. Dr. Sarah Cramsey, the Visiting Professors contribute to a curriculum that attracts humanities students to key Central European themes. It fits wider activities of the Leiden Austria Centre sponsoring student and PhD-research, such as the Annual Lecture and a Prize for BA and MA theses as well as a Research Stipend provided by the Foundation (see details on the Foundation’s website) Through its frequent contacts with the eight other Austria Centres worldwide, the Leiden centre strives to foster an international network of young researchers.
Please click here for the list of visiting professors since 1991. Note that as of 2023-2024 the OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation funds the Visiting professorship on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research the Visiting Professorship.
Proposed Visiting Professors 1) hold of a tenured (‘unbefristete’) university position in an Austrian University; 2) are active in Humanities research areas or closely related social sciences; 3) hold a Habilitation from 2009 or later.
- Visiting professors will teach two courses in English (though some knowledge of German can be expected among the students): a BA 2-3 lecture course and a BA 3 or MA/MPhil research seminar.
- Course themes should be attractive for students and thus not be too specialized
- Office space and access to digital systems
- Payment will be arranged by the OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research and the respective Austrian University (Freistellung unter Beibehalt der Bezüge und Refundierung der Kosten durch den OeAD)
- Travel expenses (once)
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