Academic Professorship in Dance, Performance and Music in a Global Context

Ref: 3911

The University for Music and Dance Cologne

Cologne, Germany

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Role Managed by:

Thomas Modder

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 14/02/2019

Formal Interview Date: 13-17 May 2019

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The University for Music and Dance Cologne is one of the world’s foremost performing arts schools and one of the largest music institutions for higher education in Europe with its three campuses in Cologne, Wuppertal, and Aachen. 

The Centre for Contemporary Dance (CCD) is planning to expand its staff base and re-orientate its curriculum. The aim is to establish broad-based excellence in dance education, rooted in targeted profiling and innovative interaction among the three disciplines of dance, dance studies and dance dissemination. The artistic dance education provided should be characterised by specific consideration of somatic practices and reflection-oriented approaches as well as by individually tailored teaching concepts. The CCD sees its approach as one that is fundamentally interdisciplinary, aiming to send out clear impulses for artistic and practice-oriented research. A key conceptual focus also lies in the intense dovetailing of teaching and research with various professional fields. For this reason, it is planned for the 2019/2020 Winter Semester to fill the post of Scientific Professorship in Dance, Performance and Music in a Global Context at the Cologne University Campus.

The Role

We are seeking an internationally renowned academic persona who represents dance and musical practices with a focus on global contexts in research and teaching at the university and contributes to a stronger visibility and critical discussion of forms that are not yet established in the canon of Western arts. The professional expertises are to be discussed in relation to contemporary artistic practice, performance or theory, also in regard to a broader context of postcolonial theories. Tasks also include the development of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching formats at the interface of theory and practice as well as the expansion of academic exchange between dance and music within the university.


Our Requirements

  • PhD and further research documenting an interdisciplinary orientation at the interface of dance, performance and music
  • Practical knowledge in the field and reference to contemporary practices in dance and music
  • Critical understanding of science and proven expertise in the field of postcolonial theories
  • University teaching experience and the proficiency to represent different research methods in this field
  • Willingness to collaborate in the interdisciplinary networking and the university’s self-governing body and, if necessary, to learn the German language
  • Teaching in the artistic, pedagogical and scientific courses of study at the CCD
  • Special emphasis is placed on a regular teaching presence. 

How to apply

The University of Music and Dance Cologne is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search. Inquiries should be emailed to Thomas Modder at Thomas.Modder@perrettlaver.com quoting reference 3911.

A complete application must include a letter of interest and a current CV, which will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence. Applications are due February 14th at 9AM CET.

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