Freelance Research Assistant

Part-time, fixed-term five working days concluding no later than 28 February 2022
Salary: £150 per day
Organised by the Higher Education Committee of the Association for Art History

About the Association for Art History
Since 1974 the Association for Art History has championed art history and visual culture and supported those engaged with those subjects. The Association leads the collective effort in the UK to advance the study and professional practice of art history. We connect those engaged with art history, and we advocate on behalf of the subject, stressing its importance in a well-rounded education and influencing relevant policy. Through our programmes, networks, membership, grants and publications, we bring people together to share knowledge and inspire new ideas, supporting a broad and diverse art history community.

About the Committee
The Higher Education Committee of the Association for Art History comprises 16 academics from around the UK who have the dual function of providing advice to the Association on matters concerning the Higher Education (HE) sectors and liaising with the Association to organise advocacy efforts regarding such matters. The Committee also serves as the nucleus of a larger network of art historians from the HE community which will share data and provide expertise on issues in the sector to the AAH and inform strategy and advocacy around particular issues. In this case, a subcommittee of the larger group has formed to lead on efforts of decolonising the subject and organising initiatives in concert with the BLM movement.

About the Project
In 2020 the HEC agreed on the importance of supporting the international Black Lives Matter movement, and on collating resources on anti-racist, postcolonial, and decolonising art histories, as well as practical guides for catalysing institutional change. To further studies in these areas, the Association made available in 2021 a Resource Portal that collates information on materials related to anti-racist, postcolonial and decolonising art histories, as well as practical guides for catalysing institutional change.

About the Role
The HEC seeks an early career/post-doctoral researcher to undertake research to develop the resource lists for the Resource Portal. The researcher will develop bibliographies on key areas to be determined by the researcher with academic advisors drawn from the Association for Art History Higher Education Committee. They will help develop the format of the Research Portal and oversee the formatting and uploading of resources to the Portal, including those garnered from open calls to the Association membership.

The work of the Research Assistant will be overseen by HEC members Dr Amy Tobin (University of Cambridge) and Professor Joanna Woodall (Courtauld Institute of Art).

The role would suit an early career or post-doctoral researcher in art history. The candidate should have a PhD in the History of Art, Visual Culture or a related field, which was awarded on or after 1 September 2015; this date can be appropriately adjusted if terms of maternity or other statutory leave periods since that date can be demonstrated. They should evidence experience of anti-racist, post-colonial or decolonising research or activism related to the History of Art. We are especially interested in building up resources in the portal on the art of Africa and its diasporas and on material from the Global South.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, disability, ethnicity or race, gender, religion or beliefs and sexual identity.

The post will comprise five days of work over the specified period.

To apply for this post please send a CV and a letter outlining your interest and pertinent skills and experience to

Application deadline: 10 December 2021