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Assistant Professor in Japanese and Visual Culture

Durham University - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Location: Durham
Salary: £33,797 to £49,553 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th January 2021
Closes: 15th February 2021
Job Ref: MLAC21-52

Responsible to: Head of School

Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Closing date: 15 February 2021 at midnight

Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2021

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies and Visual Culture. We invite applications from those with research and teaching interests Japanese Studies and Visual Culture broadly defined (including film studies, performance, and art history), that complement the research strengths of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. We particularly welcome applications from those whose research situates Japanese culture within a global perspective. We will also consider candidates with expertise in comparative literary or visual studies.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our School pages at At the forefront of our current activity is a programme of decolonisation, in which a commitment to antiracism is accompanied by a commitment to combating all forms of marginalisation in the workplace and classroom. Our goal is to decolonise the School of Modern Languages and Culture in all its aspects, including research and education. Details of our approach can be found at

Japanese Studies in Durham is one of the top departments in the UK: it appears in the top five in major national league tables, contributing to Durham University’s top-20 placing for Arts and Humanities in the THE World Reputation Rankings 2020.

There are currently two members of academic staff in Japanese Studies actively engaged in research and publication in the School, part of an overall complement of over fifty research active staff. Individual research expertise ranges from early modern studies to the contemporary and includes literature, visual arts and culture, theatre and performance studies, translation, history of science, technology, and medicine, history of the book, and media history.

More detailed information is available from and related pages.

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Japanese and Visual Culture, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

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