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Message posted on 16/08/2018

Curatorial Research Fellowship

Curatorial Research Fellowship at MARKK, Museum am Rothenbaum World Cultures
and Arts

The fellowship program is awarded to a promising and exceptional
curator/scholar specialized in social anthropology, art or history of
Oceania, particularly Melanesia or Micronesia, for one year (12 months). The
fellowship should start in January 2019. The Museum am Rothenbaum (formerly
Museum fr Vlkerkunde Hamburg), one of the premier ethnographic museums in
Germany, is in the course of a major repositioning and decolonization
process that includes a renovation of the museum building, the new
conceptualization of the permanent display and a reconfiguration of the
program. Funded within the framework of a major grant awarded by the
Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) for the
repositioning of ethnographic museums, the fellowship is designed for
international emerging scholars, preferably originating in and/or descending
from the research area in question, to study a collection of the prominent
Oceania holdings of the Museum am Rothenbaum. Important parts of the
collection derive from the Hamburg South Seas Expedition (19081910), which
was initiated by museum director Georg Thilenius and focused on some of the
major areas of German colonial interest in the Pacific. A large number of
objects from the former Museum Godeffroy and acquisitions from oversea
merchants and colonial agents, missionaries, and art dealers are further
central to the collection. The research focus should ideally be placed on
segments of the museum collections from the Bismarck Archipelago, including
the northeastern shores of Papua New Guinea (Morobe Province, Madang
Province, East Sepik Province) and/or specialize in the islands of the
Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

The Research Fellow will be expected to

contribute to the development of the permanent display with a
creative and well- researched curatorial input, ideally in collaboration or
exchange with members of the originating society

work with the curatorial team of the museum, particularly the
curator of the Oceania collections, while implementing their own research

give at least one public lecture and to participate in dialogues
with the audience and internal planning workshops.

contribute a chapter/essay to the accompanying publication


PhD candidate or doctorate degree in anthropology, art history,
global history with specialization in Oceania and a specific focus/interest
on material culture studies.

Demonstrated accomplishments in the field of research, education
and/or exhibition practice at a museum, research institute, university or
art college

Fluent written and spoken English is essential, German language
skills are desirable and necessary for use of the documentation at the


The fellow receives a stipend of 50.000 Euros for the entire year and is
responsible for taxation and health care coverage. The museum provides a
fully equipped workspace, access to the object, photo and archival
collections, and to the museum library network. An additional travel budget
is allocated for trips to the research region to connect and exchange with
the members of the originating society. The Museum am Rothenbaum will
support the fellow with all required administrative paperwork.
Responsibility for accommodation and transportation costs to Hamburg lie
with the successful candidate.

Interested scholars are invited to send their application via email to
Gabriel Schimmeroth gabriel.schimmeroth@markk-hamburg.de no later than
September 30, 2018.

How To Apply

The application materials should be written in English and sent in a single
pdf file. They should include a research proposal specifying the thematic
focus (max. 3000 words), a bibliography, a curriculum vitae, 3 references,
and a cover letter explaining the motivation for the application.

Please address inquiries to Johanna Wild Museum am Rothenbaum Phone: +49
(40) 428 879 -635 Email: johanna.wild@markk-hamburg.de

With best regards

Dr. Johanna Wild

Persnliche Referentin der Direktorin/ Assistant of the Director

Tel +49 40 42 88 79 - 635

Fax +49 40 42 88 79 - 699


Museum am Rothenbaum (Stiftung ffentlichen Rechts)

Rothenbaumchaussee 64

20148 Hamburg / Germany


Vorstand: Prof. Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner, Thorsten Pck

Vorsitz des Stiftungsrates: Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator fr Kultur und

Ust-Id-Nr. DE 199097847


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