The project, “Other Modernities: Patrimony and Practices of Visual
| Expression Outside the West,” is pleased to announce an open call for
| doctoral candidates interested in pursuing their work under the
| auspices of the Swiss National Fund Sinergia Program. The platform
| offers candidates three years of support towards a degree.
| Directed by Prof. Silvia Naef (Arabic Studies Section, University of
| Geneva), Prof. Wendy M. K. Shaw (Department of Art History and Center
| for Cultural Studies, University of Bern), and Prof. Irene Maffi
| (Department of Anthropology, University of Lausanne), the project will
| use a format of block seminars, workshops, colloquia, and conferences
| to serve as a platform for sharing methodological approaches, research
| strategies and results, and professional networking between project
| participants and related professionals in Switzerland, Europe, and the
| Middle East.
| The project focuses on the historiography of arts in the non-West as
| an intercultural phenomenon through the lens of worldwide processes of
| modernization. Rather than conceiving of the non-Western present
| against the backdrop of supposedly authentic, homogenous, undiluted,
| and nationally bounded traditions, this project focuses on the
| historiographic construction of art and visual culture as intertwined
| agents and expressions of sociopolitical modernization. It proposes
| art and performance as parallel arenas through which cultural identity
| comes to be perceived neither as a search for roots nor a striving for
| Westernization, but as a process of coming-into-being within a
| framework of shifting cultural and political hegemonies.
| Applicants must have a MA degree or equivalent at the time of
| application. Preliminary applications should consist of a one-page
| summary project proposal and a short CV. Further materials will be
| requested for a second round of application. Preliminary applications
| are due by Nov. 15, 2012.
Source: Wendy M K Shaw <email@example.com