Etiket: Post-Doc

GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG / Funding Programme Lost Cities

Background Funding Programme “Lost Cities. Perception of and living with abandoned cities in the cultures of the world”

The enormous process of urbanization, which has defined world history for thousands of years in different economic situations and with regional variations, and which is now developing a particular dynamism, has another side to it that initially appears paradoxical – namely the shrinking and entirely abandoned cities, the so-called Lost Cities. Current transformation processes in various parts of the world mean that many of these Lost Citiesare emerging. Nevertheless, the phenomenon is not a new one, but has been a widespread hallmark of urban history since the emergence of urban culture in the fourth century B.C. It has therefore been perceived, reflected on and interpreted in very different ways in the cultural history of urban life. With this finding as a starting point and a goal of placing current problem situations in a greater historical context, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has established a new funding programme for the theme Lost Cities. Perception of and living with abandoned cities in the cultures of the world.

Announcement

The funding programme is designed to be interdisciplinary and to facilitate projects in which there are varied dimensions to the examination of abandoned cities. At the same time, there should be a focus on causal correlations, both with regard to specific individual cultures and spanning all cultures, and on specifics of place and time. Thus far, such places have emerged for very different reasons, including military destruction, natural disasters, epidemics, environmental pollution, economic collapse, financial speculation, mobility, migration, centralization, deindustrialization, or post-colonial change, to name but a few.

The aim of the programme is to describe the tangible cultures of interpretation, knowledge and perception within these different contexts. Lost Cities are part of a distinct culture of memory, for example, which serves for the negotiation of identities, the preservation of knowledge cultures, the formulation of criticism of progress, or the construction of mythical or sacral topographies as part of a veritable “ruin cult”. On this basis, the focus here should not be on the question of which factors led to the city’s abandonment. Rather, it is the abandoned cities themselves that are of particular interest, as well as the different forms of their interpretation, instrumentalization and coding in various cultures and time frames.

As expert reviewers contribute: Prof. Dr. Martin Zimmermann, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Beyer, University of Basel. The Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of a recommendation from the experts and the members of the Academic Advisory Council.

Application

Prerequisites

Eligible to apply are post-doctoral researchers based in a university and working in the area of the humanities and the social sciences. Funding can be provided for projects with a thematic focus being addressed by a group of researchers. The Foundation uses the term “group of researchers” to mean associations of at least two researchers actively involved in the project work which is to be funded by means of scholarships from the Foundation and who are carrying out research into the same issues. Applications can only be made for PhD or research scholarships. Applications for a research scholarship by the applicant (project leader) are also possible. A maximum total of three scholarships per group of researchers can be applied for, as well as funds for travel and materials. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. Other contributors who are not financed by scholarships can also be involved in the project. Scholarship applications made by individual researchers outside of the group are not accepted. The funding programme also provides for the project partners to participate in a public “workshop discussion on Lost Cities” organised by the Foundation.

The Foundation generally accepts applications for research projects made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification.

The grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs.

The maximum duration is 36 months.

The applicants must be actively involved in the research work of the project.

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.

As part of a research project, the costs incurred of visiting (foreign) scholars can also be financed.

Application Documents

The necessary application documents can be uploaded in the electronic application form.

Proposals will only be accepted in German or English language and should include:

  • description of the research proposal (max. 8 pages) 
    • plus bibliography if necessary (in addition to the max. 8-10 pages)
    • documents printed on one side only, at least font size 11 and line spacing 1.5 
    • please choose a readable font, e.g. Arial 11 pt. or Times New Roman 12 pt. (We kindly ask you to keep to the formal requirements on how to compile application documents)
  • work plan and time schedule, travel itinerary (if needed)
  • detailed cost calculation
    • specific funds being applied for must be precisely defined
    • no college or tuition fees
    • no overhead costs
  • curriculum vitae and list of publications of the applicant(s)
  • if needed, curriculum vitae and list of publications of the proposed project participant(s)
  • if needed, academic certificates of the project participant(s) (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)

If also a scholarship for the applicant is planned:

  • academic certificates of the applicant (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)

Please do not additionally send the documents by email or postal mail.

Payment

Application for scholarships as part of a research project

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office. The following rates apply:

PhD scholarships

Monthly scholarship award: 1,600 euros

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.  

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child: EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 400 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Research Scholarships for Postdocs

Monthly scholarship award: 2,300 euros

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child: EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 575 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Research Scholarships after Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification

Monthly scholarship award: 3,100 euros

As equivalent to the German Habilitation the Foundation accepts positions as „Associate Professor“ or „Full Professor“ / „Distinguished Professor“ (according to the North American university system) and „Senior Lecturer“ or „Reader“/„Professor“ (according to the Commonwealth university system), respectively.

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•   for one child: EUR 400
•   each further child: EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 775 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Contracts for work may be awarded for smaller research activities. The Foundation specifies no rates in this regard.

Deadlines

The next application deadline is 12 May 2021.

Form

Electronic Application Form for the Foundation:

1. Please complete the application form in full.

2. The application form can be saved at any time. Using your own personal link, you can return to and edit the form for a period of ten days. However, after this period (10 Days), your data will be deleted from the server.

3. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a short summary, which needs to be confirmed in order to be sent to the Foundation electronically.

4. During the transmission process your data will be sent to the Foundation in electronic form. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the application.

Please follow these rules when uploading your application files:

  • All documents need to be uploaded as pdf-files.
  • Please do not upload protected PDF documents.
  • A single file may not exceed a file size of 6 MB each.
  • You cannot upload more than one document per upload field.
  • The application can only be sent, if all necessary documents are included.

Please note the following additional information:

  • Your data will be stored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation for the purpose of processing your application and will not be passed on to third parties.
  • The Gerda Henkel Foundation will be happy to provide you with information about the data that we have stored on your person at any time. If so required, personal data can be changed or deleted.
  • This form may only be used to make an application to the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to delete application data without prior notification, if necessary.

Publishing Aid

Publishing aid is currently only awarded to especially successful projects already being supported by the Foundation. Please include the following documents:

  • A two-page summary of the academic merit and innovativeness of the monograph/collection
  • A cost calculation by the publishing house
  • The manuscript on which the calculations have been made (digital).

A copy of the (preliminary) PhD certificate should be included in proposals submitted for the publication of PhD theses supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

List of sponsored projects

2020

Prof. Dr. Joseph Heathcott
(New York, USA)

Life in the Rust Archipelago: Natural and Human Ecologies after Capital Flight

Dr. Natalia Moragas / Dr. Alessandra Pecci (Barcelona, Spanien)Living in the ruins of the city of Teotihuacan (MexicoLiving in the ruins of the city of Teotihuacan (Mexico)

Dr. Khodadad Rezakhani (Princeton, USA)A City of Many Cities: Ctesiphon, Baghdad, and the Memory of an Abandoned Past in Late Antique and Early Islamic Iraq

2019

Dr. Stephanie Döpper (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) / PD Dr. Thomas Schmidt-Lux (Leipzig, Germany) / Dr. Birgit Mershen (Bochum, Germany)
Die verlassenen Lehmziegelsiedlungen des Zentraloman: Zwischen Verklärung und Vernachlässigung

Prof. Dr. Daniel Monterescu (Budapest, Hungary)
Cities Lost and Found: The Social Life of Ruins in Israel/Palestine, 1882 to the Present

Prof. Dr. Henny Piezonka (Kiel, Germany) / Dr. Sampildonov Chuluun(Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) / Prof. Dr. Martin Oczipka (Dresden, Germany) / Dr. Birte Ahrens (Kiel, Germany)
Abandoned cities in the steppe: Roles and perception of Early Modern religious and military centres in Nomadic Mongolia

Prof. Dr. Karen Radner / Dr. Jamie Novotny (München, Germany)
Living Among Ruins: The Experience of Urban Abandonment in Babylonia

Dr. Julian Schreyer (Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) / Dr. Felix Henke (München, Germany)
Spuren von Städten. Formen des Umgangs mit deurbanisierten Räumen der frühen Kaiserzeit

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Waligorska (Bremen, Germany)
Mapping the Archipelago of Lost Towns: Post-Holocaust Urban Lacunae in the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian Borderlands

Important note on submitting applications

Please take a look at the information provided in this section and under General References. We would of course be happy to assist you should you have any further questions.

Postdocs in history / social sciences – three positions and one Ph.D. student in sociology

Department

Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies

Deadline

15 Apr 2021

Start date

1 July 2021 

MASARYK UNIVERSITY

The Dean of Faculty of Social Studies

OPENS 4 POSITIONS 

3 Postdocs in history / social sciences

1 Ph.D. student in sociology

Working time:                     full time 

Start date:                            1 July 2021 

Application deadline:       15 April 2021

We seek highly motivated researchers for three postdoctoral and one doctoral positions in ExpertTurn, a research project “Expertise in authoritarian societies. Human sciences in the socialist countries of East-Central Europe” (principal investigator Kateřina Lišková, supported by EXPRO of the Czech Science Foundation). More information at https://ExpertTurn.fss.muni.cz

You will 

  • Conduct research on human science expertise during state socialism in one of the four East-Central European countries (Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia), discuss your findings within our team and analyze data, write papers for peer-reviewed journals, disseminate the results to the general public, present your research at international conferences

Each postdoc is expected to

  • Have successfully completed their Ph.D., preferably in history (previous research in the areas of the history of the family, gender, science, health, or youth during the 20th century in Europe is an advantage)
  • Have published in English in respected journals or with recognized publishers
  • Speak and read with native fluency in either Polish, Hungarian or German
  • Work flexibly in an international team (ability to combine research in local archives with attending both in-person team workshops and regular online meetings)

A prospective doctoral student is expected to

  • Demonstrate interest in the topic and their research skills
  • Have successfully completed an MA in history or a social science discipline
  • Speak and read with native fluency in either Czech or Slovak
  • Speak and write in English on a C1 level

We offer

  • Full-time job (40 hours per week) in Brno
  • Flexibility in working hours, home office
  • 50 000 – 55 000 CZK/month gross salary for a postdoc, 35 000 – 38 000 CZK/month gross salary for a doctoral student (median wage in the Czech Republic: 29 123 CZK)
  • Job offer for one year with an expected extension: for postdocs until June 2024 and for a doctoral student until June 2025, upon mutual satisfaction with the first year
  • Working in an international team on exciting new research
  • Close cooperation with accomplished teams and researchers in Europe and beyond
  • Active support for professional and personal development (knowledge and experience sharing in the team, summer schools or workshops, support in grant applications, a wide range of activities supported by the university – language courses, sports activities, etc.)
  • Six weeks (30 working days) of vacation

Necessary documents

  • Professional CV with detailed descriptions of your previous work on research projects
  • A writing sample
  • Motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please use the electronic application form to apply for your position.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 April 2021.

GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG / Funding Programme Democracy

Background Funding Initiative Democracy

Over the last few years, a previously somewhat abstract finding has become an empirical fact: Democracy is not a given. The rule of law, the separation of powers, freedom of expression, and a commitment to the common good have all lost some of their binding effect even in core democratic countries, and have been relativized, called into question, and restricted. Nevertheless, the development is subject to constant fluctuations. Hence, for some time now within Europe there has been a shift in political weighting away from a primarily pro-European stance towards an anti-European discourse, yet in the global crisis resulting from the Corona pandemic, it seems that alongside the return to national decision-making, stronger hopes and expectations have emerged that European cooperation will be able to contribute some positives to the management of the crisis and its resulting problems. At the same time, however, there are still challenges from populist movements, amongst others, which not only question democracy as a political order but indeed also the independent role of science and the research findings it produces.

Taking this present-day experience as a starting point, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has established a new funding initiative for democracy, which is divided into two subsections with different perspectives:

  • The first, historically oriented subsection on the topic of Democracy as a Utopia, Experience and Threats aims at placing the aforementioned problematic issues in the broader historical context and considering the history of conflicts over the foundation of the social order.
  • The second subsection, which is oriented towards analysis of the present situation and predictions for the future, focuses on Transformations of Democracy? Or: The Contours of Future Democratic Society. It represents an invitation to venture contributions, speculations and assertions so that we might learn to better understand the complex present-day situation and the processes of profound transformation that are taking shape while also trying to trace the contours of future society.

Call for applications for subsection 1: Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat

“Democracy”, as an overriding concept of this historically-oriented funding programme spanning different eras, may be simply a search direction, a heuristic guideline, and not a universalization of any – for example, our current – social and political system. The focus here is on the history of confrontation concerning the basic principles of social order, whereby there is a clash of demands for enhanced participation, for greater scope for self-organization, for more justice, or for the dismantling of hierarchies on the one hand, and on the other the value systems of those who consider the relevant status quo worthy of preservation or who see entirely different objectives of fairness, freedom and hierarchization as worth fighting for. These confrontations took place and continue to take place from ancient times until today, sometimes with and sometimes without application of any concept of democracy. What they can provide information about is the diversity of the value systems, the preconceptions of justice, and the ideals of a good society that are brought to the field by the conflicting sides.

These sorts of histories of conflict over a just order, good leadership and participation in both therefore make it necessary for the preconceptions of values and order of all the conflicting sides to be taken into account. Only this way does it become possible to historicize the diverse histories of conflict over good order, and thus to understand them in their relevant historical context: It can’t just be about the proponents of enhanced participation or a more comprehensive form of justice, not only about social movements and their hierarchies or criticism of the elite. After all, the relevant proponents of limited participation, selective socialization concepts and preconceptions of justice and freedom that cannot be universalized are equally important. The examination of conflict histories within societies that see themselves as democratic requires just this multiperspectivity: There is an interplay between the social movements and protests that critically oppose the relevant established forms of democracy and defenders of the established order and their preconceptions of participation, justice and freedom.

With the triad of concepts “utopia, experience and threat”, three of the key references to conflicting social value systems from ancient times to today are touched upon: Social movements inspired by utopias determine ideal preconceptions of politics, religion and society and fight for their realization. In societies that see themselves as democracies, people have experiences, which they mobilize in a way that is critical of democracy – be it against democracy as such or against specific aspects of the relevant established democratic order. The historically – and currently – frequently found references to conflicting social value systems is the impression of threat, as a result of which, for example, ruling elites deploy their law enforcement forces against social movements, various social groups fight for re-order and new order, religiously based preconceptions of society or justice come into conflict, or social inequality becomes a political issue. All three points of reference can be utilized for historical research into conflict histories surrounding the correct order and just society. They expand the theme of the funding programme beyond the classic fields of protest and revolutionary history, or the history of constitutions, elections and political parties – which are likewise part of it all – to include a multiperspectival history of conflict and culture surrounding the right order in society and politics.


The Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of a recommendation from the members of the Academic Advisory Council.

Call for applications for subsection 2: Contours of Future Democratic Society

Talking about “future” society means describing what is new and unfamiliar in the form of a society that is only just taking shape and whose initial elements and structures we are only just starting to experience. This new form may not be entirely novel and in many regards will stem from the old one. Which fault lines and threshold points define these transformations is a question to be addressed analytically by the humanities and social sciences, whereby there is not yet any preconceived notion as to whether such changes will represent losses or gains, progress or regression at the end of the day.

Points of reference for a number of transformation processes can be identified with relative clarity within three major, extensively interwoven areas:

  1. The much-maligned crisis of democracy as we know it – liberal, constitutional, representative – is manifested in the political sphere. The new forms of populism have not only called into question the self-evidence of who constitutes “the people” and who can represent them, but have also cast democratic institutions and authorities radically into question, which has sown seeds of doubt about these agencies, and about whether and how legitimate political decisions can actually be made within large collectives at all. Here, complex questions arise concerning the conditions of resilience and renewal of democratic forces in the age of marred political authorities and legitimation, as does the question regarding the evidently changing relationship between emotions and politics, argumentative discourse and emotional rhetoric. It seems clear that many traditional forms of democratic consensus-building have reached their limits, since the places and media for sensible, informed discussion are increasingly fragmented or undermined. The influence of international acts of sabotage of discourses, and this involving meddling in elections and opinion-formation processes by means of manipulation and propaganda, is also hampering democratic consensus-building.
  2. Rapid technological change in virtually all areas of life poses challenges on an almost unforeseeable scale for human coexistence. The fact that almost all communication is conveyed through media and the ultra-fast and omnipresent interconnectedness of previously distant contexts are profoundly changing what it means to be in one place at one time, to share living spaces and habits with others, to be private or public. These transformations create problems and challenges that arise from the technologies and digitization themselves: the exploitable nature of information differences, new forms of surveillance and control – in a nutshell new forms of digital power or technical dominion. Research must be carried out into the ways our societies are finding to deal with these challenges, which norms and criteria, which ideals and models in the entirely mediatized and largely data-encapsulated world promise guidance and shelter, which skills and critical capacities individuals in this world need, and in which areas the old “natural” intelligence is perhaps a few steps ahead of its new “artificial” counterpart.
  3. It is more than clear that from a social perspective the world which is emerging recognizes, creates and condones distortions and inequalities, whereby these are not sufficiently captured by the old terms of ‘class’ or ‘social stratum’. After all, being ‘left behind’ in the present day is not measured merely by economic or sociocultural status, but rather also depends on the often now almost imperceptible practices of symbolic exclusion, fate-determining attribution of identity characteristics, or a lack of access to knowledge and education. The emerging form of society appears to be traversed by new and complex kinds of stratifications and divisions, some of which appear flexible and negotiable while the old class divisions were not, yet others appear to have a harshness and persistence that seem almost inconceivably rigid. Here, questions arise with regard to the mechanisms and techniques of such exclusions, the vectors and levels of these new fault lines – and possible strategies for overcoming them.

These three dimensions (political, technological, social) indicate only roughly which direction one might look towards in order to trace the contours of a future society. In no one direction is there anything entirely new, yet in all of them one can identify processes of profound transformation that could be grasped and interpreted in research by way of a small contribution to shaping the future. The Foundation is looking for innovative research questions and ways of working that tackle these challenges and make initial forays into descriptive, explanatory or even prognostic propositions.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of recommendation by an Advisory Committee.

Prof. Dr. Regina Kreide | Giessen
Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi | Munich
Prof. Dr. Martin Saar | Frankfurt/Main
Prof. Dr. Véronique Zanetti | Bielefeld

Application

Prerequisites

Applications are open to post-doctoral researchers with links to a university from the entire spectrum of humanities and social sciences. The proposed projects must address focal themes that are being examined by a research group, which the Foundation understands to mean teams of at least two scholars actively taking part in the project work, who are to be funded by grants from the Foundation and are researching shared topics. Only post-doctoral or research grants will be considered. Applications for a research grant for the applicant (project leader) are also permitted. In total, a maximum of three grants plus funds for travel and equipment may be applied for by each research group. The prerequisite for funding is an assurance that those working on the project will produce their own research output that will be published under their names. Other people who are not funded by grants may also be involved in the project. Applications for individual grants outside of a research group are not permitted. The funding program also provides for the project partners to participate in a public “workshop discussion on democracy” or “workshop discussion on future society” organized annually by the Foundation.

The maximum duration is 36 months.

The applicants must be actively involved in the research work of the project.

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible.

Application Documents

The necessary application documents can be uploaded in the electronic application form.

Proposals will only be accepted in German or English language and should include:

  • description of the research proposal (max. 8 pages) 
    • plus bibliography if necessary (in addition to the max. 8-10 pages)
    • documents printed on one side only, at least font size 11 and line spacing 1.5 
    • please choose a readable font, e.g. Arial 11 pt. or Times New Roman 12 pt. (We kindly ask you to keep to the formal requirements on how to compile application documents)
  • work plan and time schedule, travel itinerary (if needed)
  • detailed cost calculation
    • specific funds being applied for must be precisely defined
    • no college or tuition fees
    • no overhead costs
  • curriculum vitae and list of publications of the applicant(s)
  • if needed, curriculum vitae and list of publications of the proposed project participant(s)
  • if needed, academic certificates of the project participant(s) (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)

If also a scholarship for the applicant is planned:

  • academic certificates of the applicant (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)

Please do not additionally send the documents by email or postal mail.

Payment

Application for scholarships as part of a research project

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office. The following rates apply:

PhD scholarships

Monthly scholarship award: 1.600 euros

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 400 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Research Scholarships for Postdocs

Monthly scholarship award: 2,300 euros

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child: EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 575 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Research Scholarships after Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification

Monthly scholarship award: 3,100 euros

As equivalent to the German Habilitation the Foundation accepts positions as „Associate Professor“ or „Full Professor“ / „Distinguished Professor“ (according to the North American university system) and „Senior Lecturer“ or „Reader“/„Professor“ (according to the Commonwealth university system), respectively.

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 775,- euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Contracts for work may be awarded for smaller research activities. The Foundation specifies no rates in this regard.

Deadlines

The next application deadline is 12 May 2021.

Form

Electronic Application Form for the Foundation

1. Please complete the application form in full. Please be aware that each subsection has its own form. The link to the correct form appears if you click on the subsection below this text. Within the form, the header shows  which subsection you are applying for.

2. The application form can be saved at any time. Using your own personal link, you can return to and edit the form for a period of ten days. However, after this period (10 Days), your data will be deleted from the server.

3. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a short summary, which needs to be confirmed in order to be sent to the Foundation electronically.

4. During the transmission process your data will be sent to the Foundation in electronic form. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the application.

Please follow these rules when uploading your application files:

  • All documents need to be uploaded as pdf-files.
  • Please do not upload protected PDF documents.
  • A single file may not exceed a file size of 6 MB each.
  • You cannot upload more than one document per upload field.
  • The application can only be sent, if all necessary documents are included.

Please note the following additional information:

  • Your data will be stored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation for the purpose of processing your application and will not be passed on to third parties.
  • The Gerda Henkel Foundation will be happy to provide you with information about the data that we have stored on your person at any time. If so required, personal data can be changed or deleted.
  • This form may only be used to make an application to the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to delete application data without prior notification, if necessary.
  • Application form subsection 1: Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat
  • Application form subsection 2: Contours of Future Democratic Society

Publishing Aid

Publishing aid is currently only awarded to especially successful projects already being supported by the Foundation. Please include the following documents:

  • two-page summary of the academic merit and innovativeness of the monograph/collection
  • cost calculation by the publishing house
  • manuscript on which the calculations have been made (digital)

A copy of the (preliminary) PhD certificate should be included in proposals submitted for the publication of PhD theses supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

List of sponsored projects

2019

Prof. Dr. Michael Dreyer / Dr. Andreas Braune (Jena, Germany)
Das demokratische Gewaltmonopol in der Weimarer Republik, 1918-1924 

PD Dr. Oliver Eberl / Dr. David Salomon / Prof. Dr. Dirk Jörke (Darmstadt, Germany)
Der Blick nach unten: Soziale Konflikte in der Ideengeschichte der Demokratie 

Dr. Claudia Christiane Gatzka (Freiburg, Germany)
Verborgene Stimmen der Demokratie. Politische Repräsentationen des ‚Volkes‘ in der Bundesrepublik, 1945-2000 

Dr. Harm Kaal / Prof. Dr. Wim van Meurs / Prof. Dr. Huub Wijfjes / Prof. Dr. Thomas Mergel (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
The Voice of the People. Popular perceptions of democracy and the mediatisation of politics in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, c. 1950 – 2000

PD Dr. Jürgen Schraten / Dr. Sean Maliehe / Dr. Carmen Ludwig (Gießen, Germany)
Southern African Democracy and the Utopia of a Rainbow Nation

Important note on submitting applications

Please take a look at the information provided in this section and under General References. We would of course be happy to assist you should you have any further questions.

IEG Fellowships for Postdocs

The next deadline for IEG Fellowships for Postdocs is October 15, 2021
for fellowships beginning in April 2022 or later.

The IEG awards postdoctoral fellowships to young academics from Germany and abroad who have completed their doctoral dissertations and are pursuing a new research project. This fellowship is intended to help you develop your own research project in close collaboration with researchers working at the IEG. Your contribution consists in bringing your own interests to bear on the work of the IEG and its research programme negotiating difference in Europe. This includes the possibility of developing a perspective for further cooperation with the IEG.

Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate no more than three years before the beginning of the proposed fellowship (non-academic activities are not relevant to the application). The final examination or defence of the dissertation must have been successfully completed by the application deadline. It is not possible to avail of funding for the final phase of doctoral research and continuing into a subsequent postdoctoral project.
 

Fellows must submit a final report of ther project at th end of the funding period. 


Please note: Decisions on the awarding of postdoctoral fellowships usually occur once annually.

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Application: IEG Fellowships for Postdocs

Attachments in the following order:

  1. completed application form
  2. curriculum vitae; a list of publications (if available)
  3. a brief description of the proposed project with a detailed working plan and schedule for the intended stay at the institute (5 pages/ 15,000 characters excluding spaces)
  4. a digital copy of the dissertation
  5. copies of university certificates and proof of language competence

Please use the IEG application form which can be found under Downloads on the right.

Applications should be submitted by email to: application@ieg-mainz.de

Leibniz Institute of European History
The Directors
Prof. Irene Dingel and Prof. Johannes Paulmann
Re: Fellowship Application


Please combine all of your application documents into a single PDF, except for the application form, and include a word count at the end of your project description. Please send your application to application@ieg-mainz.de. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees. You may write in either English or German; we recommend that you use the language in which you are most proficient. 

Please note that applications that arrive late or incomplete will not be considered.

Reference

The academic advisor emails an up-to-date reference directly to the IEG by the application deadline to: fellowship@ieg-mainz.de 

The reference should discuss (please avoid a general letter of recommendation):
– the applicant’s academic qualifications
– topic, goal and current state of the proposed research project
– a synopsis of work to be done in Mainz along with possible time and work schedules

Additionally you will need a potential second referee, who will be contacted directly by the IEG. We recommend that you inform the potential second referee about your application and a potential letter of reference in advance.

Letters of reference should contain information on the question, method, results, and representation of your research project. Additionally, they should also give an evaluation regarding the recent state of research on the topic.



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Value of IEG Fellowships for Postdocs

1. Fellowship rates (from 01/01/2015)
The IEG Fellowships are jointly funded by the federal and state government. The fellowships are exclusively used for the purpose of pursuing the research project detailed in the application at the IEG. Fellows are therefore not permitted to pursue or avail of any other form of employment or funding for the duration of the fellowship.

IEG Fellowships for postdocs have a monthly value of € 1,800.

2. Family allowance

Fellowship holders whose partners accompany them to Mainz and do not have an income of more than 450 euros per month may receive a family allowance. Please indicate in your application whether your partner accompanies you to Mainz.  

Fellows who come to Mainz accompanied by their underage children can apply for child allowance.

Please direct your questions to the following address: fellowship@ieg-mainz.de

In case of doubt the German version is valid.

Postdoc – mRNA translation in cancer

PublishedDeadlineLocation
5 Feb5 AprAmsterdam

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam is a Comprehensive Cancer Centre combining a hospital and research laboratories in a single independent organization. The research group of Reuven Agami at the division of Oncogenomics is interested in identifying novel cellular vulnerabilities that can be exploited for cancer therapies. For this purpose, they develop innovative genomic and functional genetic tools and use biochemical and bioinformatics tools to understand the underlying mechanisms. 
In recent years the Agami lab studied amino acid shortages and its impact on mRNA translation in cancer mainly using Ribosome Profiling and CRISPR-screens (Loayza-Puch et al., Nature 2016; Slobodin et al., Cell 2017; Sun et al., EMBO 2020). This research line has led them to uncover a surprising impact of amino acid shortages on proteins’ quality.  They showed that prolonged amino acid deprivation induces cancer cells to produce defective proteins by ribosomal frameshifting (Bartok et al., Nature 2020). These defective proteins can be processed and presented at the cell surface of cancer cells and be recognized by immune cells. They now aim to uncover the mechanisms that connect this phenomenon with cancer, setup functional genetic screens to identify underlying mechanisms and develop in vitro and in vivo tools to explore how to utilize this phenomenon for cancer immunotherapy. 

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will continue an ongoing research line in the lab to establish the link between defective protein production and cancer. He/she will perform functional genetic screenings and biochemical experiments in cell culture and mouse models to utilize this knowledge for cancer therapy. The successful applicant will also help in supervising PhD students in the lab and will be involved in writing of scientific papers, project reports and grant applications. 

REQUIREMENTS

The Agami lab seeks to recruit an ambitious Postdoc with a strong background in molecular biology, and a strong commitment to science, who will be involved in constructing molecular strategies for functional genetics. A strong publication record is required. General knowledge in cancer biology and functional genetics with RNAi and CRISPR tools are an advantage. Bioinformatics skills are an advantage too. We expect the candidate to be highly self-motivated, creative, and able to work in a team. Apart from being a true team player, we expect the candidate to exhibit a high degree of independence, to have a problem-solving attitude and have strong analytical and technical abilities in addition to excellent communication and presentation skills. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

You will join an international research team in a stimulating and interactive research environment. The gross salary for a fulltime appointment will range from € 3.447,- to € 4.077,- per month, depending on previous experience. The terms of employment will be in accordance with FWG 55 of the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals).
In addition you will receive a fixed end-of-year bonus in December (8,33%) and in May you will receive 8,33% holiday pay. For more information in regard to the secondary conditions please contact the recruiter via: c.de.santis@nki.nl.

EMPLOYER

Netherlands Cancer Institute

The Netherlands Cancer Institute, founded in 1913, is among the top 10 comprehensive cancer centers, combining world-class fundamental, translational, and clinical research with dedicated patient care. Our initiatives to promote excellent translational research have been recognized by the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, when they designated us ‘Comprehensive Cancer Center of Excellence in Translational Research’.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For further information and addresses visit our websites (http://research.nki.nl/agamilab/https://www.nki.nl/divisions/oncogenomics/agami-r-group/) or contact Groepsleider Reuven Agami, 020 512 2079, r.agami@nki.nl.
Recruiter Carly DeSantis, 020-512 1608, c.de.santis@nki.nl.
Applications should include your CV, a motivation letter and the contact information of your references. 
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Acquisition in regards to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows + PhD Students at University of Cape Town

Attendance

Partially Remote (some attendance required)

Posted on

14 February 2021

 Application Deadline

30 April 2021

Type

Postdoc

The University of Cape Town offers several positions for Postdocs and PhD students in the broad areas of data ownership, privacy, and financial innovation. 

Students and recent graduates with a background in economics, computer science, mathematics, finance, and related disciplines are invited to apply. Successful applicants will work within a research group that strives for academic excellence and is interested in various aspects of data ownership, from analyzing its theoretical foundation in the economics of property rights and privacy, to developing practical tools and studying existing applications. In this context, open source software, artistic work, and scholarly research are relevant applications. For the financial innovation focus, the group is interested in all aspects of central bank digital currencies (including financial stability, privacy, interoperability, and inclusivity), as well as all aspects of cybersecurity (in particular economic and network models of cybersecurity).

UCT is the leading research university in Africa. The salary provides a comfortable lifestyle in Cape Town, which offers an exceptional quality of life.

The School of Economics in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town is inviting applications for PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows. There are two overarching themes for the fellowships: the data economy and financial innovation. Students and recent graduates with a background in economics, computer science, mathematics, finance, and related disciplines are invited to apply.

Any of the following research areas is of particular interest for the Data Economy focus:

  • The economics of privacy
  • Privacy-preserving technology
  • Data marketplaces
  • The economics of innovation

And for the Financial Innovation focus:

  • Central bank digital currencies
  • Financial interconnectedness
  • Cybersecurity

About the Position

Applications open now and are considered on a rolling basis until 30 April or until the positions are filled. Appointments are for as soon as is feasible. The tenure of the Postdoctoral fellowship is for up to three years, while the tenure for PhD positions is usually three years, but can be extended for up to five years. Due to the ongoing pandemic, successful applicants can choose to work remotely in 2021.

Postdoctoral fellows receive a fellowship of R350,000 per annum and no benefits are included in the value of the fellowship. An additional travel allowance of R30,000 p.a. is available for successful applicants. The successful applicant will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.

PhD students receive a fellowship of R210,000 p.a. and an additional travel allowance of R20,000 p.a. in addition to access to university-wide funding for conference travel. We typically arrange for PhD students to spend at least one semester at a leading international university and help organize an internship at a leading international policy institution or fintech company. PhD students are expected to have extremely strong quantitative, and in particular strong coding skills.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send your complete application package, including:

  • For applicants as Postdoctoral Research Fellow: At least two pieces of original research
  • A letter of application, including areas of expertise, research interests, and experience
  • A complete CV including the names and contact details of at least two references
  • Copies of academic transcripts

to: A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg (co-pierre.georg@uct.ac.za).

About the University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all. Applicants may not have previously held a full-time professional or academic post.

The University of Cape Town is the leading research university on the African continent and ranked155th globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The School of Economics is home to about 100 Postgraduate students and 40 faculty members who regularly publish in leading international journals. Of particular interest for this post is that the School of Economics houses the MPhil in Financial Technology, the only dedicated fintech master’s program in Africa. Cape Town offers an outstanding quality of life and has a vibrant technology and financial services sector. Home to numerous startups, incubators, and five universities in close proximity, Cape Town is one of the tech hubs on the African continent.

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Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships (writing)

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships (writing) provide up to $40,000 towards the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to early career scholars, who frequently lack the time and resources they need to publish their work. Applicants should be no more than ten years beyond their PhD, with allowances made for periods of caregiving, and have a doctorate in anthropology or an equivalent field. A maximum of eight Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually.

By providing funds for scholars to devote themselves full-time to writing, the Foundation aims to enable a new generation of scholars to publish significant works that will impact the development of anthropology. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are nonrenewable, and provide US $40,000 of financial support for twelve months of continuous full-time writing. Applicants requesting shorter time periods will receive a pro-rated award as appropriate (e.g., a six-month project would be awarded $20,000). It is Foundation policy that Institutional Overhead or Institutional Support is not covered under this fellowship. Applicants can apply regardless of institutional affiliation, country of residence, or nationality. The application deadline is May 1. Final decisions are made six months after the application deadline.

Applicants must submit their applications using the Foundation’s online application submission procedure.

For more detailed information on eligibility, requirements and application procedures, please refer to the links below:

Important Information for Research Projects Based in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Crimea, and Venezuela.

Eligibility
General Criteria of Evaluation
Application Procedures
Application Deadlines and Decision Notification
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Final Reports Required from Hunt Postdoctoral Fellows

Call for Applications 2021 / Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS)

Fellowships: 4 postdoctoral fellowships within the Cluster’s International Research College (IRC) 

Duration: 12 month fellowships starting October 2021
Deadline for Applications: 26 March 2021 (Successful candidates will be informed in May 2020)

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) is offering up to four postdoctoral fellowships within its International Research College (IRC). The IRC is the Cluster’s hub for international visiting scholars as well as postdoctoral fellows and together with the Graduate School forms the Berlin International College of Research and Graduate Training (BIRT). Through this unique structure, postdoctoral fellows are embedded in an interdisciplinary, international and diverse environment and benefit from regular exchange with junior as well as senior scholars at the Cluster. The Cluster studies contestations, their causes, and their consequences by putting together four Research Units (RU) focusing on specific issues each script has to address: Borders, Orders, (Re-) Allocation and Temporality. The four RUs investigate who is contesting what, which factors drive these contestations, and what the effects of the contestations are. Each RU consists of multidisciplinary research teams, systematically cutting across disciplinary and epistemic boundaries.

We encourage applications on projects focussing on contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and/or comparative perspective and we are especially interested in topics, which reflect the research agenda of the Cluster’s four Research Units:

  • Contestations and transformations of “the liberal border script” and its principles and challenges to territoriality and citizenship through processes of globalization, regionalization, (de)imperialization, technological change, and other factors
  • Contestations of the liberal order script including state structures, rights, and political rule and resistance to institutions of global governance
  • Contestations of the liberal script through a combination of inequalities and other pressures such as climate change, demographic change, and (forced) migration with a focus on the global south, preferably Africa or South Asia
  • time-relatedandhistoricalchallengestotheliberalscript, tensionsbetweenfuture-oriented values against present-oriented norms and divergent understandings of temporality and progress and their influence on how actors allocate time to market and non-market activitiesApplications from our international partners, as well as countries of the global south are particularly welcome.Successful candidates must have their PhD submitted by the fall of 2021 (September 30, 2021 at the latest). The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022) with a stipend of €30.000 (including travel and relocation expenses), paid in monthly rates of €2.500.Applicants must submit the following documents:
    • –  CV and list of publications;
    • –  Proposal for a postdoctoral project (max. 5,000 words);
    • –  Transcripts of degrees and other relevant material;
    • –  Two letters of reference.

All applicants are required to apply online until March 31, 2021. Please submit your application via the following online portal: https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/user/register?field_i_want_to_apply_for=723

For more information about the Cluster and the application procedure, please visit www.scripts- berlin.eu or submit an inquiry via irc@scripts-berlin.eu.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication, Race & Technology

Posting Details

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Posting Number:2020763F
Position Title:Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication, Race & Technology
Position Type:Faculty
Location:Villanova, PA
Recruitment Type:Internal/External Applicants
Work Schedule:full-time/9-months
Department:145-Communication
Position Summary:The Department of Communication at Villanova University seeks applicants for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow, to begin fall 2021. This is a one-year fellowship renewable for up to three years.This new initiative in our Department is designed to foster the professional development of recent PhDs on their journey to faculty positions. Successful candidates will gain formal teaching experience, as well as support and mentorship from Communication faculty. We are particularly interested in expanding studies at the juncture of communication, technology and race which may include intersections with gender, sexuality, ability, transnationalism, and/or other components of identity.With one of the largest undergraduate majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Communication Department offers course work leading to the B.A. in Communication with opportunities to specialize in eight different areas of the discipline. In addition, the Department supports a thriving M.A. program in Communication. Our faculty prides itself on excellence in teaching and research and seeks to cultivate a supportive, collegial work environment. Diversity and inclusion are hallmarks of our Department as well as an integral component of Villanova University’s mission.Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.
Duties and Responsibilities:Our new colleague will teach core undergraduate courses such as communication theory and/or research methods, in addition to elective courses (existing or new) that complement their area(s) of research specialization. The position involves a 3-3 teaching load and limited service responsibilities that benefit the candidate’s professional development. Candidates must be willing to support the University’s strategic plan of Inclusive Community. For more information visit: https://www1.villanova.edu/university/strategic-plan.html
Minimum Qualifications:Ph.D. in Communication (ABD considered, with degree in hand by August 2021).We seek candidates whose teaching, scholarship, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as demonstrated in our Departmental focus on social justice, dialogue, and storytelling. For more information visit: https://www1.villanova.edu/university/liberal-arts-sciences/programs/communication/guiding-principles.html
Preferred Qualifications:College-level teaching experience preferred, but not required.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours: 
Special Message to Applicants:All application materials will be collected online, at https://jobs.villanova.edu.The application should include:Cover letter (Please indicate in your cover letter if teaching evaluations are not available e.g., if you don’t have teaching experience or have not been an instructor of record)Curriculum vitaeStatement of teaching philosophyTranscriptsStatement of contribution to the University’s misson and how you would contribute to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the departmentSummary of teaching evaluationsWriting sample/publicationsStatement of research interestsContact information for 3 references who will be contacted via email to submit confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted.Review of applications will begin as soon as the job is posted at https://jobs.villanova.edu. The deadline for application review is March 8, 2021.For more detailed description of the Department, please consult our website at https://communication.villanova.edu. Please direct all questions regarding the position to Dr. Raka Shome, raka.shome@villanova.edu or Dr. Bryan Crable, bryan.crable@villanova.edu, Search Committee co-chairs.
Posting Date:01/27/2021
Closing Date (11:59pm ET):03/08/2021
Salary Posting Information: Competitive
Salary Band:
Job Classification:faculty

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  7. Statement of Research Interests

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  2. Summary of Teaching Evaluations

Authoritarianism and Global Capitalism: Emancipatory Counter-Strategies in and from the Middle East

Call for applications: 6 Short-Term Fellowships (up to 9 months) for postdocs, research-based artists, and journalists from ODA-recipient countries of the MENA region in 2021, Location: Berlin – Deadline: 1 March 2021

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (both Freie Universität Berlin), and “Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe” (EUME), a research programme at the Forum Transregionale Studien, invite postdoctoral researchers, research-based artists, and journalists from countries of the Middle East and North Africa to apply for up to six short-term research fellowships in the period from April–December 2021.

We explicitly welcome applications from researchers who are currently residing in Germany or other European countries.

Authoritarianism, Global Capitalism, and Counter-Strategies  

We are witnessing a worldwide resurgence of reactionary nationalist, religious, racist, and antifeminist discourses and movements that give form to specific ideological amalgams and practices in different contexts, as well as rapid authoritarian transformations of political systems in all regions of the world. Not everything is new about this. But although contemporary developments in many ways may represent a continuation of previously-existing authoritarian patterns, their worldwide spread and their specific economic, political, and ideological character pose important questions concerning the concrete conditions and processes of this globalization of authoritarianism.

Economic politics are key to understanding the specificities of the current developments. Following the crisis of 2007–8, neoliberalism as a global political and economic regime of governance and as a specific mode of capital accumulation is paradoxically expanding, deepening, and being stripped of some of its “progressive” facets by authoritarian regimes, while simultaneously being questioned for its destructive effects on society, politics, and the environment.

Struggles and strategies against authoritarian politics and austerity measures have emerged across the South/North and East/West divides that governed politics and academic inquiries over the last century. Large-scale mobilizations have been unfolding in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Hong Kong, Thailand, Chile, Bolivia, Belarus, and other countries. From local small-scale campaigning by grassroots organizations to massive feminist mobilizations against the culturalist-conservative backlash or oppressive political conditions, strong claims for pluralism, redistribution, participation, and social justice have emerged during the past few years.

The revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2010/2011 in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, as well as in 2018/2019 in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq have contested authoritarian rule and socio-economic injustices in the region through mass movements. Defying predictions that underscored the supposed durability and resilience of local authoritarian rule, these uprisings mobilized people far beyond national borders and had and still have a massive impact on progressive movements worldwide. At the same time, the authoritarian backlash that has characterized the last few years poses important questions regarding the organization, structures, limits, and challenges of emancipatory politics today.

We consider that there is a lot to learn from each of these struggles and from a transregional comparison. On the one hand, they are key sites for understanding what is currently at stake. Critical perspectives that zoom in on concrete struggles, its representations, its actors, and the strategies they implement seem to us most promising for understanding the political subjects of what has formerly been called “class struggle”– i.e. subjects that not only constitute these struggles, but are contingently constituted by them. On the other hand, in view of a globalized authoritarian challenge, we consider it important to critically engage with resistance strategies, campaigns, and initiatives for a renewal of emancipatory internationalism and its transformative potential for the idea and practice of a just world.

Possible research questions may be articulated from all branches of the social sciences and humanities and include:

  • Questions regarding (new) political subjectivities expressed in and formed by anti-authoritarian movements and initiatives, their political practices, and forms of organization and communication, especially regarding its transnational, transregional and/or global entanglements; 
  • Questions of new or old imaginaries and narratives (inside and outside of organized anti-authoritarian struggles) that may relate different movements towards a broader platform or counter-project to the hegemony of global authoritarianism and the destructive effects of capitalism;
  • Discussions of the most vibrant (outspoken and silent) demands which connect many people in the locality or region and could serve as the basis for an inclusive alternative agenda against prevailing forms of classist, nationalist, racist, sexist, religious, and other forms of marginalization;
  • Narrative, visual, archival, and communicative strategies and practices that can cope with the authoritarian spectre of the near-absolute control and massive oppression that is available through technological surveillance;
  • Analyses that focus on specific manifestations, processes, and practices of reactionary ideologization and mobilization as well as the counter-hegemonic responses to them; 
  • Studies that address the transformation of institutions and infrastructures that were built up or conceived to safeguard the rule of law and the principles of citizenship;
  • Questions concerning the relation between national and regional actors, and the global struggle for cultural hegemony and the “global authoritarian populist axis”, as well as their relation to the general context of neocolonial, imperial relationships;
  • Inquiries into the transformation of secular and religious politics as an integral part of policies designed to tighten the authoritarian grip;
  • Discussions of the global impact of the uprisings in the MENA region.

Structure and Goals

The fellowships are funded by the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), an initiative aimed at supporting critical research in and from countries of the Global South, and strengthening the dialogue between scholars and research-oriented artists and journalists from the Global South and North.

This call is made in cooperation with three Berlin-based research institutions: the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, both at the Freie Universität Berlin, and Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe, a research programme at the Forum Transregionale Studien, to establish a working group that explores emancipatory strategies against authoritarian capitalism and reactionary politics with scholars from the Middle East.

Fellowship holders gain the opportunity to advance their own individual research and/or artistic projects and to collaborate closely with colleagues in an interdisciplinary and transregional research milieu.

They will become visiting researchers at one of the aforementioned institutions and fully take part in the academic and intellectual life of those institutions. They will also be fellows of the RLS International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counterstrategies (IRGAC) that brings together more than 20 researchers from across the Global South.

Apart from advancing their own research, the fellowship holders are expected to work together in a joint project to map the most important, most virulent, or most promising struggles and strategies against the authoritarian transformations in the MENA region. At the end of the nine-month period, the research group should present a comprehensive paper/study on this issue that will serve as a basis to establish the framework of a more comprehensive research agenda for a future, long-term activist research project on counter-strategies in and from the region. The fellows are also expected to present ideas, positions, and preliminary findings of their work on a separate blog section of the research group´s website, and we strongly encourage the fellows to present their work in public or semi-public events such as an academic workshop series.

The fellowships explicitly aim to contribute to a more global conversation between scholars for a better understanding of the rising spread of authoritarianism and to advance the idea and praxis of just and democratic societies. We are particularly interested in approaches that propose comparative and international perspectives for and from the Global South on these issues, and are curious for an exchange on how diverse historical and contemporary experiences of authoritarian practices and counter-strategies contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon.

Requirements 

Due to funding stipulations, only citizens of ODA-recipient countries are eligible to apply.

Applicants with academic research projects should have completed their PhD within the last five years.

Applicants with artistic or journalistic research projects should have completed studies up to Master’s level and have professional experience that is comparable to a PhD.

Please note that in order to facilitate an ongoing and productive dialogue between scholars, the working language is English. Therefore, applicants are required to have a very good command of the English language.

Financial Support 

The financial support provided to the researchers is calculated at €2,500 per month. In case this is necessary, return (economy class) airfares for intercontinental flights will be covered by the fellowship, as well as travel costs to attend events organized by the RLS. Additional project-related funds may be granted.

Submission 

Please direct any queries and submit your application in one single PDF file (5 MB max; please name the file “SurnameName_application.pdf”) to gsdp.application@rosalux.org.

We strongly encourage applicants to inform themselves about the research fields of each institution and propose one of them as the preferred host institution in their application.

Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation, including a statement on your preferred host institution and a brief description of political, social, and/or cultural engagement. 
  • An outline of the project you would like to carry out, consisting of: 
    • abstract (max. 250 words);
    • research proposal (max. 2000 words);
    • project timeline; and
    • proposed outcomes
  • Curriculum vitae, including a publication list.
    The publication list should be divided into publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference papers. For artistic researchers, please provide documentation of your work. If available, please provide a digital link to the publication. 
  • 2 names of referees.

We will inform all applicants of the results of the selection process by mid-March 2021. 

Partners

For more information on the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, please visit:

www.irgac.org | www.rosalux.org

For information on the research programme “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe“ (EUME) and the Forum Transregionale Studien:

www.eume-berlin.de | www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For more information on the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin:

www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/en/polwiss/forschung/international/vorderer-orient/index.html

For information on the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin:

http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html

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