The CAS »Imaginaria of Force« aims to outline 'force' as a basic concept in the theory of art and culture. Imaginaries of force are to be described in their visual and discursive forms and discussed in the context of historical and contemporary conceptions of natural, supernatural, social and political forces. In addition to the board of directors, consisting of Prof. Dr. Frank Fehrenbach and Prof. Dr. Cornelia Zumbusch, six early career research assistants are part of the permanent team on site. In their research projects, they work on central topics in a field that can only be adequately mapped out by contributions from a whole range of disciplines. The fellowship program therefore invites internationally acknowledged researchers from various disciplines as well as artists in residence.
The fellowship program, the heart of the CAS, strengthens and expands the already existing expertise in art history and literary studies and extends it through the careful/ specific integration of the history of science and technology, philosophy and sociology, as well as ethnology, anthropology and religious studies. Accordingly, the CAS also serves as a forum for dialogue between different disciplines. As part of the Junior Fellow Program, up to four excellent scientists in the earlier stages of their careers can be supported each year in their focused work on individual projects. Fellowships are awarded for a period of six months to a full year. Doctoral students are preferably supported within the framework of 6-month start-up or final fellowships. Junior Fellowships are regularly advertised according to the annual topics. Senior Fellowships with a duration of 2-6 months are awarded upon invitation by the Board of Directors to designated research personalities (usually professors) to work on a thematically relevant project. Applications for senior fellowships are also possible. Please send an exposé with a related research project, preferably assigned to one of the annual themes, to caroline.herfert"AT"uni-hamburg.de.