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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Asian Arts and Cultures

Vacancy Number 001866
Location London
Campus Russell Square
Post Class Teaching and Research
Department / Centre Department of History of Art & Archaeology (HAA)
Contract Type Permanent
Closing date for applications 13 October 2019
Salary Range Lecturer: £45,026 - £53,052 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Salary Range Senior Lecturer: £54,534 - £62,635 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Full time (35 hours per week – 1.0 FTE)
Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, School of Arts
Vacancy Reference: 001866
The role and its responsibilities
The School of Arts seeks to appoint a Lecturer (or Senior Lecturer) in Asian Arts and Cultures in the Department of History of Art & Archaeology, starting in around August 2020. The appointee will carry out research and provide teaching and supervision in an area or areas of Asian arts and cultures. The appointee’s expertise – which may be in visual, curatorial or screen cultures, or historical, popular or urban contexts of art – should complement related existing specialisms in the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, such as China’s visual arts, ceramics and collecting histories, and in other areas of the School of Arts, such as creative and cultural industries, film and screen studies and music. Many of our students come from China and the Department is interested to attract applicants whose research frames China as a regional cultural formation through thematic, inter-disciplinary or inter-regional approaches such as Silk Road Studies or East Asian Studies.
Skills and experience
Broad area and skills: The post-holder must be able to contribute to disciplinary and specialist teaching in the History of Art & Archaeology and to broad arts-based teaching on BA programmes in the School of Arts, including within BA Creative Arts. S/he will be able to teach or co-teach survey modules and to supervise BA and MA dissertations in areas of the arts and cultures of Asia. An ability to teach art theory relevant to art history, the creative arts and/or cultural industries and to foster and develop practice-based learning and teaching is highly desirable.
Essential: specialist knowledge demonstrated by a PhD in art history or a relevant field; command of appropriate language(s); evidence of a growing international professional network which would contribute to and facilitate Knowledge Exchange, public (or non-academic) engagement, the development of strategic partnerships and student recruitment from Asia. A track record of participation in professional scholarly meetings and conferences, and advocacy, is essential as well as a high degree of potential to shape and influence the field, to contribute to SOAS's mission through research, impact and engagement and to enhance the reputation and standing of the Dept, School and university.
Desirable: At least two high-quality research publications since 2014 (in any appropriate form, including but not limited to published written work, digital outputs, exhibitions or films), which could be considered for evaluation in the national research assessment due to occur in the UK in 2020-21. Teaching experience, with evidence of high quality is also desirable, as is an appropriate teaching qualification. Art curating or equivalent cultural industries experience is also desirable.
Interpersonal and professional skills: The appointee will be highly motivated and provide evidence of skills including: excellent written and oral communications skills in teaching and in professional working relationships; excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise against competing deadlines; and a proven ability to work as part of a dynamic and high-functioning team. S/he will demonstrate a high potential to contribute to the management of programmes and the curriculum and to the development of innovative pedagogies; as well as the ability to promote SOAS values, including equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and SOAS’s decolonising agenda.
Equal opportunities: SOAS is an equal opportunities employer.
The School of Arts especially wishes to attract suitably qualified applicants from Asian and Asian diaspora backgrounds.
Further information
For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact the Head of the School of Arts, Professor Shane McCausland, sm80@soas.ac.uk.

Competitive benefits package
As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:
• 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
• Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
• Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
• Cycle to Work Scheme
• Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare
About the Department of History of Art & Archaeology, School of Arts
The Department is unique in its coverage of the arts, archaeology, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East from ancient times to the present day. No other university in the world offers such a range of teaching or such a concentration of research specialists in these areas. The Department is renowned as an alternative voice to Eurocentric art history, challenging the categories often taken for granted in the study of other cultures. Conventional distinctions between archaeology and art history, or historical past and present, often dissolve, and the Department is at the forefront in encouraging new approaches attentive to local specificities. As part of the School of Arts the Department fosters cross-disciplinary enquiry to explore parallels between artistic and musical aesthetics or the translatability of theoretical approaches to the arts.
SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and celebrated its Centenary in 2016.

How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please complete the short online application form and include your CV and supporting statement, outlining your skills and experience in relation to the person specification. Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities.
Closing date: 13 October 2019

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing or on: 25 November 2019
If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact hr-recruitment@soas.ac.uk.

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

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        001866 -Job Pack - Lecturer_ Senior Lecturer in Asian Arts + Cultures.pdf

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