We’ve been alerted to an advertisement for a ‘Senior University Lectureship in Wagner, Liszt and the Cultural History of Technology at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge with effect from 1 January 2016’.
This seems ever-so-slightly case-specific.
There are lots and lots of scholars who specialise in Wagner and Liszt, but probably only one who combines it with ‘the cultural history of technology’.
Word is it has been fixed for one David Trippett, a ‘principal research associate’ at Cambridge. See his specialties here (and below*).
As for due process, equal opportunities and Nolan rules – well, chaps, this is Cambridge. We don’t need all that stuff to judge a new fellow.
UPDATE: A University spokesman said: “The University has advertised to fill an identified need for a specialist academic role within the Faculty of Music. The open application process which includes a rigorous interview stage, is ratified by our HR team and is fully in line with UK employment law.”
* My research focusses on Richard Wagner, and the intersection of German aesthetic thinking with the growth of the natural sciences. Other interests include Franz Liszt and post-Classical Weimar; posthumanism and the philosophy of technology; as well as performance theory, the grey area between improvisation and composition, and musical creativity in the digital age. I welcome applications from potential Ph.D. students in these areas.
When time permits, I am also active as a collaborative pianist, having performed in Germany, Italy, the UK, and on both coasts of the US.