Arts of China Consortium

(formerly Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library)
hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University




Art History: Editor
Lawrence University: East and/or Southeast Asia
MOCA Shanghai: internships
Rice University: post-doc, "Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts"
Savannah College of Art and Design: Academic Program Coordinator of Art History
Smith College: East Asian Art and Architectural History
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: internships

Listings below are organized chronologically by application deadline;
those with no deadlines are at the bottom of list.

Lawrence University

[from CAA, 9/3/15]

Assistant Professor of Art History, East and/or Southeast Asia

The Department of Art and Art History at Lawrence University, invites applications for the tenure-track appointment of Assistant Professor of Art History, specializing in East and/or Southeast Asia. Specialization is open to all historical periods; an ongoing interest in Contemporary art is appreciated.

Lawrence faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and maintain an active program of scholarship. Teaching duties will include courses at all levels, from introductory lectures to Senior research seminars. Periodic teaching in Freshman Studies, the university’s first-year, multidisciplinary seminar, is also required. Lawrence is on a three-term schedule; the standard teaching load is two classes per term. In addition to teaching and scholarship, the selected candidate will advise students and participate in departmental and university service.

The candidate will be joining a combined undergraduate art history and studio art program at a nationally ranked liberal arts college, and will also work in an interdisciplinary context with Lawrence’s East Asian Studies program. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with the Wriston Art Gallery’s permanent holdings, including a collection of Japanese prints, for teaching and scholarship.

Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, in the heart of the Fox River Valley (metro population: 225,000), is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music, known for the quality of both its classroom and tutorial education, research opportunities for undergraduates, and faculty of teacher/scholars and teacher/artists. Founded in 1847, Lawrence is a community of 1,500 intellectually curious students that bring a diversity of experience and thought from nearly every state and 50 countries outside the U.S.

Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and the viewpoints and approaches that a diverse community represents. We strongly encourage candidates who can contribute to diversity at Lawrence to apply. See the Lawrence Careers website for more information about Lawrence and its surrounding community. All candidates are encouraged to address in their letters of application the ways in which they could contribute to Lawrence’s institutional mission and commitment to diversity.

Ph.D. and teaching experience preferred. Applicants should send a cover letter, C.V., separate statements on teaching and scholarship, and a writing sample to Applicants should also have three letters of reference sent to To ensure full consideration, all materials should be submitted by December 1, 2015.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Carlson.

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Smith College

[from Smith, 10/27/15]

Assistant Professor, East Asian Art and Architectural History

The Smith College Department of Art invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of East Asian Art and Architectural History, to begin July 2016. We seek a scholar who specializes in the pre-modern era with interests in both comparative perspectives and methodological developments in the field. Candidates must have a commitment to and/or evidence of excellence in teaching. Ph.D. required by time of appointment.

The Smith faculty is committed to developing excellence in teaching and maintaining active research agendas. Teaching duties span all levels of the curriculum and include introductory courses, intermediate level courses focusing on specific themes, and seminars. Tenure-track faculty members teach two courses each semester and enjoy a generous sabbatical policy. Along with teaching and scholarship, faculty in the Department mentor and advise undergraduates, contribute to departmental and college committees, and may be involved in interdisciplinary programs.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is a highly selective, four-year liberal arts college for women dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life.

Submit application at with cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, a writing sample of no more than 35 pages (e.g.: published article or dissertation chapter), and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2015.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff and curriculum is at the heart of our mission and vision for Smith. We are committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in the application process for individuals with disabilities and encourage applicants to request needed accommodation(s). We value diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religions, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Rice University

[from Rice, 11/15/15]

2016-2-17 Rice Seminar: "Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts"

The Humanities Research Center hosts yearlong residential postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions.

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives (funding is available to bring in outside speakers to present public talks, provide feedback, meet with the seminar participants, participate in a year-end conference, and otherwise engage with seminar participants and the broader Rice community). The most visible goal of the seminars is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminars themselves. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year. For a description of the 2016-17 Rice Seminar, "Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts," please click here.

The position is for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Fellows receive a $50,000 salary, benefits eligibilit"y, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include an active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar and collaborating on spatial humanities projects currently underway at Rice. In addition, fellows will develop or continue their own research projects and give a presentation to colleagues at Rice. Fellows will also design and teach (or co-teach) two semester-long undergraduate courses, the topics of which will be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.

Eligibility: Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline including, but not limited to, art history, architecture, computer science, geography, history, legal studies, library science, literary studies, or philosophy and whose research and teaching interests focus on issues related to spatial humanities are eligible to apply. Applicants must have received a PhD between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2016. Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

Application materials:

Submission Instructions: Click here.
Contact: Melissa Bailar, (713) 348-5968
Deadline: Monday, January 4, 2016

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Art History

[from AAH, 11/12/15]

Assistant Professor, East Asian Art and Architectural History

The current editor of the AAH’s prestigious journal, Art History, completes her term of office at the end of June 2017. Applications are therefore now sought for this position.

Art History is an international forum for peer-reviewed scholarship and innovative research. Founded in 1978, the journal publishes essays, critical reviews, and special issues that engage with path-breaking new developments and critical debate in current art-historical practice. Art History covers all kinds of art and visual culture across all time periods and geographical areas. The journal welcomes contributions from the full spectrum of methodological perspectives, and is a forum for a wide range of historical, critical, historiographical and theoretical forms of writing. By means of this expanded definition, Art History works to transform and to extend the modes of enquiry that shape the discipline.

Applications, comprising a CV, a covering letter outlining the candidate’s experience, suitability for the post, and vision for the journal, and at least one letter of recommendation, should be sent to, by Monday 1st February 2016.

The role comprises the following principle responsibilities:
- the soliciting and commissioning of essays;
- the selection of submitted essays in accordance with editorial policy;
- the editing of selected essays.

The position is supported by the journal’s editorial office and applicants are expected to combine it with their regular employment. Candidates should be based in the UK. The successful candidate shall receive an honorarium of £7,500 per annum, and occupy the post for a period of five years. For any further specific enquiries, please contact the AAH Chair, Christine Riding, by e-mail at

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Savannah College of Art and Design

[from SCAD, 9/21/15]

Academic Program Coordinator of Art History

The SCAD art history department has the largest group of full-time faculty devoted to art history in the U.S., and includes more than 30 professors specializing in topics ranging from the ancient world to contemporary art. SCAD professors continually share research with colleagues in the discipline and are award-winning practicing artists and designers. The department is an institutional member of the American Academy in Rome; College Art Association, Southeast Conference of Art Colleges, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; Computers and the History of Art; the American Alliance of Museums; and a member of the managing committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Join SCAD Savannah as a program coordinator of art history. This is your chance to work with talented students within the historic district of Savannah, Georgia, a walkable, bikeable coastal city that provides a living laboratory for the study of art and design.

- With the department chair, provide vision and leadership for the art history department
- Develop curriculum
- Foster interdepartmental collaboration and continue to enhance the reputation of the SCAD art history department in academic and professional circles
- Oversee departmental budget, including its development and implementation
- Work with the admission department to recruit talented undergraduate and graduate students to SCAD and to the art history department
- Teach classes annually, as assigned
- Assist chair to evaluate professors within the department through class observations, a review of student evaluations, a review of service and professional development and a review of contributions to the department goals
- Work with the chair and dean to provide professional development opportunities for professors
- In consultation with the chair, dean, and department members, develop a strategic plan for the department that is consistent with the School of Liberal Art’s goals and overall SCAD strategic plan

- Doctorate in a related field
- Minimum of three years university-level teaching experience
- Ability to motivate students and faculty to think creatively and critically
- Ability to work with students and faculty of diverse backgrounds
- University-level administration experience preferred

Only complete packages will be considered: an unofficial transcript of your highest degree awarded, cover letter, and resume or CV. Should you have questions regarding your application package, you may submit an e-mail to Human Resources at Applications welcome until post is filled.

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

[from VMFA, 10/22/12]

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has offered students the opportunity to intern with the staff since 1940. Interns work under the guidance of museum staff and participate in the ongoing work of the department. Internships acquaint students with the challenges and rewards of planning and implementing a variety of projects, programs, and services and introduce them to specific areas of the museum profession.

The museum currently offers academic year and summer internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining practical museum experience and who have a strong interest in a museum career. Undergraduates must have completed their sophomore year to apply. The candidates relevant study or experience will determine placement. First-choice placement will be made when possible, but candidates should also indicate a second and third department/office placement preference. Museum staff review application materials and finalists are contacted for interviews.

The number of hours varies depending on whether students are receiving academic credit from their schools for the internship. A minimum of 8- to 12-hour commitments per week is expected during the fall and spring semesters. No stipends are provided.

Fall semester: Jul 1
Spring semester: Nov 15
Summer semester: Mar 15

[See detailed information on application at]

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MOCA Shanghai


[from MOCA Shanghai, 10/23/11]

Internships are offered during the whole year. Internship projects are based on MOCA Shanghai needs and requirements and assigned to interns with the appropriate interests, skills and experience.

Objectives: To provide an opportunity for university students to gain practical experience of museology and familiarity with the development of contemporary art. Interns learn together in a creative atmosphere and acquaint themselves with the life and culture of Shanghai. Interns will involve in the daily operation of the museum, assisting in administrative matters as well as exhibition installation, marketing and communication and educational programs. Interns have the opportunity to carry out independent research or study programs.

Museum Departments: The following are brief descriptions of the departments that offer internships at MOCA Shanghai. Please list your three departmental choices on the space provided in the application form. We look closely at this information to best match an interns skills and experience with departmental needs. If you are accepted, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the department of your first choice.

Duration: Minimum two months, maximum six months. Internships begin on the first of the month and end on the last day of each month.
Required Commitment: 30 hours per week minimum.
Eligibility: University students (third and fourth year), graduate students, international students, and beginning professionals may apply.

Application Procedure: The completed application form, a curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and university transcripts (if applicable) should be mailed together to the MOCA Shanghai Internship Officer at the address listed below. Please note that you have to specify the time of the year you are applying for, and that your application will be considered for that period of time only. Download application form from

Professional Internships

[from MOCA Shanghai, 10/23/11]

Limited Professional Internship with stipend opportunities are available to qualified university graduates and young professionals interested in pursuing a museum career whose academic and/or professional experience combines art history with one or more of the following areas: museum studies, arts management or related studies. Professional Internship projects are based on MOCA Shanghai needs and requirements. The objectives include:

Museum Departments: The following are brief descriptions of the departments that offer Professional Internships at MOCA Shanghai. Please list your departmental choice on the space provided in the application form.

Duration: Minimum two months, maximum six months. Internships begin on the first of the month and end on the last day of each month.
Required Commitment: Full-time, five days per week (40 hrs per week).
Eligibility: Recent graduates of bachelors and masters degree programs in Museum Studies, Arts Management or related studies, and young professionals.

Application Procedure: The completed application form, a curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and university transcripts (if applicable) should be mailed together to the MOCA Shanghai Internship Officer at the address listed below. Please note that you have to specify the time of the year you are applying for, and that your application will be considered for that period of time only. Download application form.

Internship Officer
MOCA Shanghai
Peoples Park
231 Nanjing West Road
Shanghai 200003
tel +86 21 6327 9900
fax +86 21 6327 1257

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