The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe; Director: Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré) announces


three postdoctoral fellowships for up to three months


between July 1 and December 31, 2012. Outstanding junior and senior scholars are invited to apply.


Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science, the history of art, technical art history or related field (with a dissertation topic relevant to the history of knowledge) at the time of application and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications and other achievements.


Research projects should address the history of art and knowledge up to the eighteenth century (with a preference for the period between 1350 and 1750), and may concern any geographical area within Europe, and any object of the visual and decorative arts.



Possible topics include:


– The mediation of the transmission of knowledge in and beyond the artist’s workshop

– The appropriation of other than artisanal bodies of knowledge (such as geometry, optics and alchemy) in the context of the artist’s workshop

– Concepts and typologies of knowledge in early modern art theory and their possible relation to material artistic practices and artisanal knowledge


Also welcome are projects falling within the scope of the history of optics and perspective, the history of alchemy, or the history of collecting (up to 1750), but those relevant to the writing of an epistemic history of art will receive preference.


Visiting fellows are expected to take part in the scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the project of the Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe.


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 1.900 € and 2.300 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany), whereas senior scholars receive an honorary commensurate with experience.


The Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe is also accepting proposals for non-funded Visiting Fellowships from one month to a year. These are normally open to junior and senior post-docs who have external funding. For projects highly relevant to the research platform of this Max Planck Research Group, Sven Dupré will support a limited number of applications for funding at organizations such as Fulbright, DAAD, and the Humboldt Society.


Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.


Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), one sample of writing (i.e. article or book chapter), and names and addresses of two referees (including email) who have already been contacted by the applicant to assure their willingness to submit letters of recommendation if requested, to:


Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Max Planck Research Group Dupré Boltzmannstr. 22

14195 Berlin



(Electronic submission is also possible: [email protected])


by March 1, 2012. Successful candidates will be notified before the end of March.


For questions concerning the Max Planck Research Group on Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, please see or contact Sven Dupré ([email protected]); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß ([email protected]), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider ([email protected]), Research Coordinator.