The Institute of Theatre Studies in the Faculty of Philology is seeking to fill the position of an

Academic Councillor  (Akademische/r Rätin/Rat) (m/f/d), A13, 100% (41 h per week)

for a period of three years. There is a possibility of extending the position for another three years.

The Institute of Theatre Studies in Bochum addresses the entire spectrum of scenic and performing arts: theatre, dance, musical theatre, performance, puppetry, audio drama, scenography, conceptual art, installation art, site-specific works of art and interactive art in the public space, as well as the manifold intersections between and dissolutions of boundaries amongst the different art forms. Theatre studies in Bochum has expanded upon the established areas of the field – the history, theory, aesthetics and analysis of performing arts – by enquiring into the situatedness and function of art in social, political and historical contexts. In order to carry out contemporary analysis of developments in art and society, investigating aesthetic forms (in the broadest sense of the term) is just as important as issues relating to the processes of economic and political control in cultural contexts. Based on our knowledge of the ongoing interdisciplinarity in the realm of performing arts since antiquity, we strive to develop theoretical structures and methodologies that consider the scenic and performing arts in their contextual relationships with media and society, making reference to ritualistic, religious, historical, psychoanalytical, political and philosophical factors.

                    extent: full-time
                    duration: temporary employment
                    beginning: 01.04.2024
                    closing date: 03.12.2023

                    The successful candidate will support the Chair of Theatre Studies (Prof. Dr. Jörn Etzold) in teaching and research, and will participate in the organization and self-administration of the institute. The position will allow for further academic qualification (e.g., a second book). We expect that the successful candidate will have experience working on historical performing art forms and their development, and will take a transnational and comparative perspective that is informed by recent cultural, aesthetic, and political theories. Furthermore, we expect a high level of commitment to teaching, an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, and that the successful candidate will engage with the Rhine/Ruhr theatre region. Furthermore, applications for or participation in third-party funded projects is desired; experience in this area is therefore very welcome. Classes can be held in German or English; willingness to learn German is required.

                    Teaching load: 4 hours/week during semester.

                    We offer:

                    • varied activities involving sophisticated tasks, a high level of personal responsibility;
                    • mutual support and cooperation with competent collegues;
                    • collegial environment;
                    • fair working hours and family friendly work
                    • a workplace in the heart of the metropolitan region "Ruhrgebiet" with its diverse range of cultural offerings

                    The requirements pursuant to § 45 of the Career Ordinance (LVO) of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia apply. Specifically, candidates must have completed a doctoral degree relevant to their career path or, in exceptional cases, must demonstrate academic achievement of equal standing to a doctoral degree.

                    In addition to the usual documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications, diplomas, teaching history, and, if applicable, information about third-party funds raised to date and an outline of a current research project), the application should include a sample of previous research (e.g., a dissertation chapter or essay); this sample should not exceed 30 pages. Applications should preferably be sent in German or English; the sample can also be in French, Spanish or Portuguese. They must be submitted by December 3, 2023, to Prof. Dr. Jörn Etzold,, and to Interviews are scheduled to take place on January 12 and/or 13, 2024.

                    For further information please contact:

                    Prof Dr. Jörn Etzold, Tel.: +49234 32 28164
                    Nicola Dolata, Tel.: +49234 32 28164

                    Unfortunately, travel expenses for interviews cannot be reimbursed. For international applicants and in exceptional situations, it will be possible to conduct interviews via Zoom.

                    We are looking forward to your application quoting the ANR 2456 till December 3, 2023 per E-Mail: and

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                    The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is Ruhr-Universität Bochum’s declared aim.

                    The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

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