Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient / Position of a postdoctoral research fellow

The Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin invites applications for the position of a post- doctoral research fellow with a 4-year contract, starting 1 January 2021. The successful candidate will work in the European Research Council funded Consolidator Grant project, Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia, which will run at ZMO for five years. The project, led by Nitin Sinha (principal investigator), will comprise two doctoral, two postdoctoral, and one research assis- tant positions.

The salary grade for the advertised position corresponds to the German scheme of employment in the public sector (TVöD E13, 100%). Additional funds for research travel, conference participation, and publications are available. The successful candidate will be required to be based in Berlin.

General outline of the project:

TIMEHIST – Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia aims to write a history of time and temporal cultures in South Asia between the 1500s and the 1950s on a practice- and process- based understanding of the past. The details of the project can be found here.

Advertised position:

We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher working on the unit of ‘work and time’. Against the formidable framework of clock-time discipline, and against prioritising the site of the factory, this unit will use the nexus of calendrical, ecological, and legal times as the new entry-point to address the relationship between work and time. Moving away from the sole focus on factory and industry, this unit will pay close attention to the sites of agrarian production and ecological settings that de- fined the nature of work along temporal lines. The agrarian temporality was based upon crop pro- duction time, ecological uncertainties, legal interventions, calendrical mix (lunisolar, Fasli, Grego- rian), intensification of capitalist ventures, and not least, cycles of debt, bondage, and legal protraction.

How did the changing revenue collection patterns and mode of debt payment influence the agrar- ian calendar and work? Season, wind, rainfall, and topography created conditions of work for many types of labouring groups in the past and continue to do so for the vast informal labour even now. What is the history of the nexus between ecological and legal times, and how did they come to- gether in defining the boundaries of work, work-culture, and work-regulation between the late 18th and the mid-20th century?

Essentials:

The candidate is expected to develop their project along the key points of this unit, while address- ing the larger focus of the project’s central objective of doing histories of practices. The unit will fo- cus on one region of South Asia, preferably eastern (‘Bengal presidency’) or the south (Madras) but applications on other regions are also highly welcome. In terms of methodology and scope, applica- tions which promise to compare regions while retaining the main focus on one case-study will be given preference.

  • The candidate must have an outstanding and promising career trajectory in terms of having a finished (or submitted, result awaited) PhD thesis in the field of history of South Asia (18th – 20th century);
  • One or more relevant publications (peer-review journal articles, book chapters);
  • In-depth command over modern South Asian history; historiographical debates;
  • Proven ability to use archival sources in innovative and critical ways;
  • Use of vernacular sources, not to fill gaps, but to treat them on their own to write thehistory of temporal cultures;
  • Great command over English and at least one but preferably more South Asian lan-guages;
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to work in an international and highly competitive environment;
  • Tested disposition to finish work in a time-bound manner;
  • To interact actively with other relevant research clusters at ZMO.Key responsibilities:
    • Conducting research on the proposed theme;
    • Finishing the draft of the monograph on the theme within the four-year period;
    • Writing 1 to 2 peer-review journal articles or book chapters;
    • Taking independent responsibility in organising workshops and conferences, readinggroups, and other events of the project as well as events in conjunction with otherZMO research clusters;
    • Active assistance in meeting the publication/outreach plans of the project (special is-sues and edited books); active assistance in day to day running and management of the project.What we offer:The Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) is the only research institution in Germany that deals with the Middle East, Africa, Eurasia, South and Southeast Asia in an interdisciplinary and histori- cally comparative perspective. We offer a vibrant and interdisciplinary work environment in Berlin as well as a motivating and friendly working atmosphere. Our centre provides opportunities to con- nect widely with other institutes and networks in Berlin and outside.

Application:

Please collate all materials in one single PDF file and send it to Dr Silke Nagel (zmo@zmo.de) by 30 July with the subject ERC-TIMEHIST-WORK&TIME. Please copy your application to timely.histories@gmail.com

  • Cover letter (not exceeding two pages);
  • Outline of your proposed research in alignment with the key features of the sub-unit‘work and time’ (maximum three pages);
  • Statement of purpose (one page maximum), stating the ways in which your experienceand knowledge would aid the project team in achieving its overall goals;
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications (including those under review);
  • Copy of certificates (M.A and PhD), (in case of result awaited, a letter showing submis-sion);
  • One writing sample (fairly recent journal article or book chapter);
  • List of two referees (names, affiliations, email addresses, and telephone numbers).Diversity:ZMO is committed to maintaining diversity, inclusivity, and equality of opportunity within its com- munity and therefore encourages applications from members of all underrepresented groups.Further information:Relevant informal enquiries regarding the project and the advertised job can be made to Nitin Sinha, nitin.sinha@zmo.de, cc also to timely.histories@gmail.comSelection:Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview on the basis of the received application. Due to Covid-19 crisis, we will refrain from putting out an interview date right now. We will keep the se- lected candidates informed and work out a mutually agreeable date. Chosen candidates should be well prepared to appear for the interview using digital/virtual medium.

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient / Position of a postdoctoral research fellow

The Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin invites applications for the position of a post- doctoral research fellow with a 3-year contract, starting 1 January 2021. The successful candidate will work in the European Research Council funded Consolidator Grant project, Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia, which will run at ZMO for five years. The project, led by Nitin Sinha (principal investigator), will comprise two doctoral, two postdoctoral, and one research assis- tant positions.

The salary grade for the advertised position corresponds to the German scheme of employment in the public sector (TVöD E13, 100%). Additional funds for research travel, conference participation, and publications are available. The successful candidate will be required to be based in Berlin. We especially encourage senior researchers to apply, in which case the salary will be adequately deter- mined within the prescribed legal framework.

General outline of the project:

TIMEHIST – Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia aims to write a history of time and temporal cultures in South Asia between the 1500s and the 1950s on a practice- and process- based understanding of the past. The details of the project can be found here.

Advertised position:

We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher working on the unit ‘time in early modern period’
(16th – 18th century). One of the central premises of the project is that modern temporal cultures cannot be studied in isolation by only looking at a period historically defined as modern, with a de- fining characteristic of an empty and abstract notion of time. For instance, even with alterations, the calendrical time of the early modern period continued to remain important in revenue bureau- cracy of the colonial state. What was the nexus between calendrical time, ritual time, and bureau- cratic time in the early modern period? Similarly, the widespread references to the use of water clocks in the sources of the pre-/early modern period require systematic exploration. The early modern notions of temporality were embedded in narrative forms, which were often dismissed as ‘ahistorical’ in the colonialist understanding.

Wielding a nuanced understanding of literary cultures, the chosen candidate will primarily research on: 1. histories of calendars, clocks, and other time measuring devices and their significance in early modern temporal cultures; 2. ways in which nocturnal times were organised and controlled; 3. Ar- riving at a general picture of ‘temporal cultures’ in early modern period while also using their pe- riod-expertise in providing necessary inputs to other units.

Essentials:

The candidate is expected to develop their project along the key points of this unit, and within the larger focus of the project’s central objective of doing histories of practices. The unit will focus on key themes outlined above. However, the successful candidate will be required to interact and help researchers working in other units using the knowledge-expertise on early modern period and sources.

  • The candidate must have an outstanding and promising career trajectory in terms of having a finished and submitted/awarded PhD thesis in the field of history of South Asia (16th – 18th century);
  • More than one publication (peer-review journal articles, book chapters, also which are under acceptance);
  • In-depth command over early modern history; historiographical debates;
  • Proven ability to use archival-literary sources in innovative and critical ways;
  • Great command over English and a South Asian language in which the early modernsources will be used (preferably Persian or Sanskrit but proposals based upon otherlanguage-expertise are also welcome);
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to work in an international and highly competitive environment;
  • Tested disposition to finish work in a time-bound manner;
  • To interact actively with other relevant research clusters at ZMO.Key responsibilities:
    • Conducting research on the proposed theme;
    • Writing at least two peer-review journal articles or book chapters;
    • While conducting their own research, proactively interact with other units and themes;
    • Proactively sharing the responsibility as a senior researcher, in organising workshopsand conferences, reading groups, and other events of the project as well as events inconjunction with other ZMO research clusters;
    • Active assistance in meeting the publication/outreach plans of the project (special is-sues and edited books); active assistance in day to day running and management of the project.What we offer:The Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) is the only research institution in Germany that deals with the Middle East, Africa, Eurasia, South and Southeast Asia in an interdisciplinary and histori- cally comparative perspective. We offer a vibrant and interdisciplinary work environment in Berlin as well as a motivating and friendly working atmosphere. Our centre provides opportunities to con- nect widely with other institutes and networks in Berlin and outside.

Application:

Please collate all materials in one single PDF file and send it to Dr Silke Nagel (zmo@zmo.de) by 30 July with the subject ERC-TIMEHIST-EARLYMOD. Please copy your application to timely.histories@gmail.com

  • Cover letter (not exceeding two pages);
  • Outline of your proposed research, with reference to sources, and in alignment withthe key features of the unit as well as the overall project (maximum three pages);
  • Statement of purpose (one page maximum) stating the ways in which your experienceand knowledge (of sources, language, and previous work) would aid the project inachieving its overall goals;
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications (including those under review);
  • Copy of certificates (M.A and PhD);
  • One writing sample (fairly recent journal article, book or thesis chapter);
  • List of two referees (names, affiliations, email addresses, and telephone numbers)Diversity:ZMO is committed to maintaining diversity, inclusivity, and equality of opportunity within its com- munity and therefore encourages applications from members of all underrepresented groups.Further information:Relevant informal enquiries regarding the project and the advertised job can be made to Nitin Sinha, nitin.sinha@zmo.de, cc also to timely.histories@gmail.comSelection:Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview on the basis of the received application. Due to Covid-19 crisis, we will refrain from putting out an interview date right now. We will keep the se- lected candidates informed and work out a mutually agreeable date. Chosen candidates should be well prepared to appear for the interview using digital/virtual medium.

PhD Scho­lar­ships

The GPN is an interdisciplinary and international network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel (Germany) and partner universities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It co-operates closely with various partner NGOs in the respective countries. The GPN is funded by the programme “Exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

In the framework of its Graduate School of Research for Global Partnership, the GPN invites students from ODA recipient countries to apply for a PhD scholarship at a GPN partner university. Further, it will enable and fund research co-operations between partner universities working on Global Partnership in the global economy (in the fields of agriculture, finance, and energy), in development cooperation (access, accountability, deep participation) and/or in knowledge production (Eurocentrism and alternative knowledge). 

The GPN is committed to creating equal opportunities for doctoral candidates. We particularly encourage women and people from other marginalized groups to apply.

Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on Dead­line

May 7, 2020 (12:00PM, GMT+1)

Re­se­arch To­pics

PhD research proposals are required to address one ofthe GPN research clusters:

  • Cluster 1: Partnership in development cooperation: access, accountability, and deep participation
  • Cluster 2: Partnership in the global economy: agriculture, finance, and energy
  • Cluster 3: Partnership in knowledge production: Eurocentrism and alternative knowledge

What We Of­fer

Building on successful earlier initiatives, the network will include a graduate programme in which PhD students are co-supervised by professors from two partner universities. The supervisors are chosen by the PhD student based on thematic preferences and if they agree to the supervision, they will monitor the thesis progress at least once every three months in a one-hour online session. The PhD student will spend at least six months at the partner university of the second supervisor. 

PhD students of the GPN Graduate School will be based at the respective partner universities (see above) and enrolled in the virtual PhD training programme. Moreover, successful candidates participate in the annual PhD virtual conferences of the GPN Graduate School and get involved in the lively academic exchange and activities within the GPN network.

The PhD scholarship will be awarded for three years. An extension for a fourth year is possible under certain conditions. In exceptional cases, preparatory PhD grants are given for up to one year for students (especially from countries with weaker higher education systems) who exhibit potential for interesting research but need more academic training. This grant will enable them to attend courses in one of the partner universities and improve their proposal.The scholarships will cover a country-specific monthly living allowance (including a family allowance if applicable), the participation in virtual GPN Graduate School activities as well as the opportunity to apply for funding towards completing empirical research. Final admission to the GPN Graduate School is conditioned on the admittance to the PhD programme of the chosen GPN partner universityand a positive progress evaluation by the GPN in the first scholarship year.

Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on Re­qui­re­ments

  • a completed or almost completed MA/MSc degree (in the final phase of submitting the thesis/dissertation), with very good results, in a discipline related to the above topics; the applicant’s last academic degree should not be more than six years ago; if an applicant already started with his/her PhD project, it should have started not more than three years ago;
  • a very high proficiency in English (CEFR level: C1 or above) demonstrated by one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, with a minimum score of 95 IBT (Internet-based test); IELTS 7.0 or above; the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English or an equivalent; native speakers and applicants who have completed [one of] their first degree[s] fully in English do not have to provide an English proficiency certificate; if the PhD dissertation will be written in another language than English: a high proficiency of English (CEFR level: B2 or above) for the participation in the Graduate School demonstrated by one of the just mentioned language certificates.
  • academic or vocational experience in one of the disciplines related to the thematic field of global partnership;
  • citizenship of an ODA recipient country 

Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on Pro­ce­du­re 

The application process involves three elements. Your application is only complete if all three are submitted:

Step 1: Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on pa­cka­ge

Step 2: Com­ple­ti­on of the on­line ap­p­li­ca­ti­on form and upload of your ap­p­li­ca­ti­on pa­cka­ge

Step 3: Two let­ters of re­com­men­da­ti­on

For further information or questions, please contact the GPN Graduate School staff (graduateschool.gpn[at]uni-kassel[dot]de).

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EIGHT AiE FELLOWSHIPS AT THE FREIE UNIVERSITÄT IN BERLIN

Academy in Exile invites scholars at risk to apply for 24-month fellowships at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Eligible are scholars from any country, with a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or law, who are at risk because of their academic work and/or civic engagement in human rights, democracy, and the pursuit of academic freedom. Academy in Exile fellowships provide scholars with the opportunity to reestablish their scholarship in Germany and to work on a research project of their own choosing in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows will contribute to the research agenda and intellectual profile of the academy and participate in affiliated research projects. 

Created in 2017, Academy in Exile preserves and promotes critical scholarship that is threatened or de-legitimized in an increasing number of countries across the globe. Academy in Exile is a joint initiative of the Turkish Studies Department at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities / KWI) in Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Freie Universität Berlin. To date, Academy in Exile has supported 37 scholars at risk with long-term fellowships, emergency stipends, and a guest professorship. 

The eight new fellows will be affiliated with Academy in Exile’s Critical Thinking Residency Program at Freie Universität Berlin. The fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Freie Universität. Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, risk assessment, and suitability for the Academy’s program. 

Barring delays in processing applications and in preparing for the arrival of new fellows due to the coronavirus pandemic, fellowships may start as early as September 2020. The monthly stipend amounts to 2,500 EUR. In addition, Academy in Exile covers the cost of health insurance. 

Please submit your application in the following order by 15 May 2020

— a letter that explains your motivation for applying to AiE, including the current circumstances of your risk and/or exile status. No proof or letter from a third party is required. However, if you are registered with IIE-Scholars at Risk Network, Scholar Rescue Fund or CARA, please indicate so in your letter. Please also indicate in your letter the department, research group, and/or professor at Freie Universität with whom you would be interested in working (no host agreement is required; if selected we may match you according to availability). 

— a three-page research proposal; 

— an updated curriculum vitae with a list of publications; 

— a published journal article or chapter; 

Please submit your application to academy-in-exile@fu-berlin.de as one PDF and name the file as follows: surname_first name. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidentiality. Encrypted communication will be used at the applicant’s request. 

For more information visit: https://www.academy-in-exile.eu/ 

For regulations of Freie Universität regarding the corona virus, please check the updates on: 

https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/coronavirus/index.html

Academy in Exile is an initiative of 

The Turkish Studies Department at the Universität Duisburg-Essen: Its multiple disciplines and diverse research areas reflect the multilingualism and ethnic and religious plurality of Turkey and Germany. Since its inception, the department has developed a degree program that is unique in Germany and constitutes the largest department of its kind outside of Turkey. The teaching and research of the Turkish Studies Department focusses on the Turkish Republic. The department initiated the Academy in Exile in order to foster internationalization and to protect knowledge at risk. 

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and elsewhere, it carries out research programs like Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME), Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, or re:constitution – Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. 

The KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut / Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities) 

is an interdisciplinary research center following the tradition of international Institutes for Advanced Study. In its role as an inter-university institution connecting the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technological University Dortmund, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the institute cooperates with researchers and scientists from its neighboring universities as well as other partners from the federal state NRW and places in and outside of Germany. Within the Ruhr area, the KWI is a place to share and discuss the questions and results of ambitious research with interested parties from the city and the greater region. 

The Freie Universität Berlin is among the leading universities in Germany and has joined the Academy in Exile consortium as part of its efforts to support scholars at risk. It hosts Academy in Exile’s Critical Thinking Residency Program. While pursuing their own independent research, residency fellows at the Freie Universität also devise a program of public lectures and closed workshops to evaluate the history of critical thinking, its relationship to policies of higher education, and its renewed relevance for today. As a distinctive feature of this new program, fellows are piloting a teaching-across-borders initiative and are strongly encouraged to join ongoing affiliated research projects. Freie Universität Berlin was the first German university to join the Scholars at Risk program and is also host of the transnational mentoring-program Academics in Solidarity

April 7, 2020 

Academy in Exile is funded by 

Queensland University of Technology – 3 X DMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

We are currently seeking applicants for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These positions have been created to build research capacity in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC).

The QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading research for a creative, inclusive and fair digital media environment. The DMRC is one of QUT’s nine flagship University Research Centres, and one of the top Australian centres for media and communication research, areas in which QUT has achieved the highest possible rankings in the national research quality assessment exercise ERA. Within QUT, it is based in the Creative Industries Faculty and is closely linked with the Law Faculty. 
The DMRC is currently recruiting for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue independent and collaborative research within or across three of the DMRC’s research programs: . Transforming Media Industries (led by Professor Amanda Lotz) . Digital Publics (led by Professor Axel Bruns) . Digital Inclusion & Participation (led by Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni) 
The fellowships are three years, fixed-term appointments at Level B (equivalent to Assistant Professor in salary and seniority). 
For more details, selection criteria, and how to apply, see: https://bit.ly/2I13fnm
For more information about the DMRC, see: http://research.qut.edu.au/dmrc
For direct enquires about these positions, contact the Centre Director, Professor Jean Burgess je.burgess@qut.edu.au
Applications close: end of April

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (3 Positions)
 
20155
 
27 April 2020
 
Digital Media Research Centre
Creative Industries Faculty
 
Kelvin Grove
 
Total rem range: AU$115,398 to AU$137,050 pa (LEVB) (inclusive of AU$97,325 to AU$115,586 (LEVB) salary pa; 17% superannuation; and 17.5% recreation leave loading)
 
Fixed-term, full-time basis for three (3) years
 
Caroline Keating
Centre Coordinator
+61 7 3138 3556
 
Human Resources
+61 7 3138 4104