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Scholar in Residence-Program of the Deutsches Museum, Munich
The Deutsches Museum in Munich would like to announce a new scholars-in- residence program for historians of science and technology and researchers in related fields to work with the unique collections of this institution for a period of between six months and a year.
Visiting scholars will have a chance to present their projects to a small circle of colleagues at the beginning of their stays and to give a public lecture of the results of their work at the end. In addition, they may be invited to submit a written contribution to publications of the Deutsches Museum.
Opportunities for innovative research into scientific processes and the changing cultures of technology are myriad: the Deutsches Museum is a museum of science and technology founded in 1903 and comprising some 100,000 objects, an archive of 4,5 shelf km of manuscripts (with extensive collections of scientific photographs and technical illustrations, private papers, and company records), and a specialist research library for the history of science and technology (with 875.000 volumes, 5.000 journals, and a rich collection of rare books). The holdings of the museum have grown organically in the sense that objects, manuscripts and book collections of single scientists, engineers and whole scientific research groups have entered the collection as historical totalities reflecting by-gone experimental life- worlds and innovation cultures.
The unique structure of the museum enables scholars to develop cross-referential methodologies of research employing texts, objects and images available on site. Here it becomes possible to explore not only the history but also the archeology of science and technology. Most recently a new research group has formed within the museum to explore changing notions of “perception”, “evidence” and “representation” by means of scientific photography and film documenting early stages in the construction and recording on film of physical events too small, too fast and too subtle for the eye to behold.
Visiting scholars will have daily contact with, and be assisted in their endeavors by, curators, archivists and librarians from within the Deutsche Museum (approx. 50 staff members) as well as members of the Munich Center for the History of Science and Technology (approx. 50 staff members), an institutional association of all historians of science and technology employed at the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum, Ludwig-Maximilians- University, Technical University, and Bundeswehr University, and spatially consolidated within the museum complex.
The research proposals should be based on the collections of the Deutsches Museum, and the applicants are asked to closely co- operate with staff members of the Deutsches Museum. Proposals which aim at exploring innovative approaches to artifact-oriented research are especially welcomed.
The stipend will amount to a maximum of 30,000 euros for a year or 15,000 euros for six month stays, depending on seniority and qualification. Scholars at any level of seniority are eligible to apply, provided their university studies have been completed. There are no restrictions regarding nationality although international scholars are requested to make their own provisions for health insurance.
Application deadline: January 1, 2004. Candidate selection: February 1, 2004. Scholarship commencement: March 1, 2004 and August 1, 2004 respectively.
Please send applications, including: cover letter, curriculum vitae, 400 word abstract, three page research proposal, and three letters of recommendation to: Helmuth Trischler Director of Research Deutsches Museum Museumsinsel 1 G-80538 Munich tel: 00 49 (0) 89 2179-280 fax: 00 49 (0) 89 2179-239 email: [email protected]