Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship for American Art, Université Paris Nanterre and Université Paris-Diderot, 2020–22

Summary

Endowed by a generous grant of the Terra Foundation, this two-year research and teaching
fellowship in Paris offers a postdoctoral scholar the opportunity to pursue his or her own work,
and teach at the universities of Paris-Nanterre and Paris-Diderot for 24 months. The fellow will
receive a $ 42,000 annual stipend (to cover all costs including travel, housing, visa, health
insurance, research, and so on; to be disbursed in euros). The program also includes a $ 2,000
annual fund towards the organization of scientific events.
During the two-year period (2020–22) the fellow will teach (in English) a Fall seminar in
American art history and visual culture to graduate students in art history (Paris Nanterre) and
American visual and cultural history (Paris Diderot). S/he will conduct personal research in
conjunction with the research teams in art history and American art and visual culture of the two
partner universities.
The grant will be managed through the Fondation partenariale de l’université Paris Nanterre[1]
and its Culture and Heritage chair.

Description

The fellow will teach a joint Paris-Nanterre and Paris-Diderot seminar for postgraduates in the
first term of each academic year (24h). The seminar will be taught in English and focus on the
fellow’s area of expertise (or other topic chosen in agreement with the program organizers) in
American Art. S/he will also be expected to organize a symposium jointly held by the two
research universities teams in the second term of academic year. S/he will be available to
advise graduate students on topics related to their Masters-level or Ph.D.-level research
projects.
The fellow will be expected to participate closely in the scholarly and collegial life of the two
research teams, HAR (Histoire des arts et des représentations, Paris-Nanterre, see below and
https://har.parisnanterre.fr/ ) and LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Cultures
Anglophones, Paris-Diderot, see below and http://www.larca.univ-paris-diderot.fr, under
Themes: Visual Cultures). The two research groups have complementary approaches in art
history (HAR) and visual culture studies (LARCA), and share a common interest in artistic
international relations as well as the history of images, their circulation and transmission, and
intermediality. The attached presentation gives an overview of the kind of research projects
presently covered by the teams. These are given simply as indications for prospective
applicants and are in no way constraining.
The fellow will be able to consult local libraries and archives, including the Institut National
d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) library, the largest art history library in the world. S/he will have access
to the shared office of the research lab HAR at the INHA, and a shared office at Paris Diderot.

Application

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree by June, 2020, with a dissertation bearing on American
art or visual culture. Applications from recent Ph.D. graduates (degree awarded since 2014) will
be privileged. Candidates will send application (incl. cover letter, curriculum vitae, diss.
summary, language proficiency in French and English, research and teaching proposal (max. 4
pages), two letters of recommendation (these should be sent separately by the referees) to:
parisdiderotnanterreterra@gmail.com Applications are to be sent by January 17, 2020.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by February 14th to set a date for interviews in both
French and English; they will be asked to provide samples of published writing and/or full
dissertation text. The successful candidate must accept the fellowship by March 16th, 2020.

PRESENTATION OF THE PARTNER RESEARCH GROUPS
HAR (Histoire des arts et des représentations), Paris Nanterre
HAR(https://www.parisnanterre.fr/unites-de-recherche/ea-4414-histoire-des-arts-et-des-represe
ntations-314349.kjsp) is an interdisciplinary research team, grouping around 40 colleagues in
various fields of the arts and visual studies (cinema, theater, aesthetics, early modern art history
and modern art history, as well as cultural history) and their PhD students. Each year a seminar
is held by the students for the whole team. The art history subteam develops research in art
history (especially in the nineteenth and early twentieth century), and museum studies, in
connection with libraries and museums (especially La Contemporaine,
http://www.lacontemporaine.fr/ ) which holds large press, photography, and poster 20th century
collections), but also Centre Pompidou, Musée du Quai Branly, the Louvre, Rouen Museums),
as well as the labex Les passés dans le présent (http://passes-present.eu/#) and labex Arts
H2H (http://www.labex-arts-h2h.fr/). Some of the existing fields of research deal with realism
and impressionism in global context, as well as photography, the arts and crafts movement,
education and transmission…
Projects are developed about artists libraries ( http://lesbibliothequesdartistes.org/ ), social
photography, the history of documentary museums, caricature and laughter, posters, the
dissemination of the arts and crafts movement around the world….
Research projects URL: http://lesbibliothequesdartistes.org/
http://passes-present.eu/fr/museedoc-genese-et-histoire-desmusees- documentaires-1890-1945
-26462
http://passes-present.eu/fr/lhistoire-du-rire-moderne-xixe-xxie-sieclestraditions-comiques-et-cult
ure-multi-mediale-26401
The “Fondation partenariale de l’université Paris Nanterre” has been set to raise funds and to
help develop links between Nanterre University and various partners, either private or public, in
France or in other countries. It currently develops an alumni network, and prepares various
ambitious research projects in art history with Nanterre university. Its culture and heritage chair
will be proud to manage the Terra postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship for American
Art involving two French universities jointly.
LARCA (Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones), Paris Diderot
LARCA is an interdisciplinary research unit of University Paris Diderot and the CNRS whose
members study the histories, literatures, arts and cultures of English-speaking countries and
their links to the wider world. Drawing together literary scholars, political, social, and cultural
historians, art historians, and specialists of painting, photography, film, television, and emerging
media, LARCA is a research laboratory that bridges the disciplines and mediates between
academic cultures in France and the English-speaking world.
The LARCA’s Visual Cultures group is cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural (with main
concentrations on the British and North American areas). It combines materialist, formalist and
theoretical approaches of English language arts and visual cultures from the 17th to the 21st
century. It brings together researchers and doctoral candidates working on histories of art and
images, critical analyses of visual works, objects, and practices, and theoretical enterprises
bearing on the iconic, and our objects of study range from history painting or photography to the
study of moving images (film studies and TV series studies), as well as film adaptation.
The group’s focus on English-language cultures implies that researchers pay strong attention to
the interactions between image, visual practices and their theorisation, the import of traditions
and artistic references proper to English language contexts, the interaction of such traditions
with contemporary creative trends, and the rich legacy and liveliness of a specific philosophical
and theoretical tradition. Research topics also include comparative approaches (French/English
domains, Europe/North America, West/East) and studies of the international migration of
images.
[1] https://fondation.parisnanterre.fr/ and
https://fondation.parisnanterre.fr/navigation/nos-chaires/chaire-culture-patrimoine