STIP: Pre-doctoral Fellowship - Minerva Research Group "The Nomos of Images" (Florence)

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The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, Italy invites scholars to apply for one pre-doctoral fellowship for 3 up to 6 months (starting July or October 2014) The fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the Minerva Research Group (MRG) "The Nomos of images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law".

The research project is mainly concerned with formulating an analytical framework for an iconology of law that seeks to explain diachronically - adopting a transcultural perspective - dimensions of legal history in relation to materiality and constructs. Such juridical manifestations defy the disciplinary bounds of Art History and Visual Culture in how they relate to form, content and style as well as tradition. Notwithstanding the vast inventory of discrete analyses of legal iconography, no systematic approach exists to date that factors in the relevant domains of legal practice and norm. Broad parameters must yet be fashioned to extend the analysis of the forms, functions, and meanings of these numerous artifacts to their embeddedness in the history of law. The Minerva Research Project is dedicated to the study of such manifestations as a way to highlight how their forms, meanings and connotations underlie the legitimation of law and legal acts. Please find more information here:

Research proposals should fit within the frame of the MRG and can address any cultural context or period. Comparative studies are welcome. Projects should have an art historical component, this may be in art history specifically or cultural studies in general, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including legal history, comparative literature, history of philosophy, political sciences and others. Doctoral candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university.

Applications must include the following materials:

- A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship.
- An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages (10.000 characters), describing the applicant's area of research and PhD project.
- A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, awards, and a list of publication.
- A copy of a published paper or a writing sample.
- One letter of recommendation (academic and professional) and the name of a second referee.

The Max Planck Institute for Art History in Florence is an international research institute. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to participate in the research activities at the Institute. The Institute's language is English, German or Italian; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in one of these languages. The recipient of the fellowship will be expected to be in residence in Florence for the entire period of her or his appointment. KHI grants (including additional allowances and/or reimbursements) have to follow the MPG Support Guidelines for Junior Scientists (in their current version). The fellowship's monthly stipend will be at least € 1,365.

The Minerva Research Group is also accepting proposals for non-funded visiting fellowships from one to six months. These positions are normally open to doctoral candidates or post-docs who have external funding. All queries regarding the fellowships affiliated to the Minerva Research Group should be sent via e-mail to Carolin Behrmann

Please send your application in English or German no later than April 17, 2014

- via e-mail (pdf format) to: Carolin Behrmann
- by mail to:

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Administration/Verwaltung (Minerva Research Group)
Via Giuseppe Giusti 44
50121 Firenze