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.


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.



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.


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.


The next application deadline is 12 May 2021.


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


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


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.

Araştırma Bursu Çağrısı- Call from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh)


The Research Committee (Special Account for Research Funds) of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the framework of the project “Scholarship grant for a researcher at risk” funded by the Research Committee and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with Academic Head, Assoc. Prof. Alexandros Triantafyllidis, invites candidates to submit application for one research position for an at risk (*as defined below) highly skilled scientist (through a scholarship grant), for 12 months with a total anticipated remuneration 14.400 euro starting in April 2021 or as soon as the selected candidate can get a travel visa (in case they reside outside Greece).

* The call is addressed to non-Greek citizens in one of the following positions:
1. Possession of refugee status in Greece or in another EU member state,
2. Recognition of subsidiary protection status in Greece or in another EU member state,
3. Presentation of an official request for the recognition of the refugee status or of subsidiary protection status in Greece or in another European Union member state, and recognition as an ‘at-risk scholar’ by Scholars at Risk (SAR-status),
4. Residing in Greece or in another EU member state and already identified as ‘at-risk scholar’ by Scholars at Risk,
5. Living in a non-EU country and already identified as an ‘at-risk scholar’ by SAR,
6. Currently at risk in their home country due to the content of their work or to the ideas they have openly expressed; and already identified/or in the process to be identified as an ‘at-risk scholar’ by SAR.

1. Job Description

The successful candidate will conduct research in Aristotle University’s premises under the mentorship of a Faculty member in any of the Schools of the University.
The hosting period will give the scholar the experience of a European research and training institute and strengthen research collaboration.

2. Required Qualifications

  • Proof of at-risk situation, as described above
  • Doctoral (Phd) Degree in any of the subject areas available at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Good knowledge of the English language (B2 Level)
  • Brief Research Proposal (up to 1000 words in English) which should include:o Research objectives
    o Methodology and implementation
    o Scientific and/or social impact
    o Impact on the career prospects of the candidate
  • Invitation/letter of intent from an AUTh Faculty member working in the same field/subject area which should include (a) the reasons for proposing the candidate researcher and (b) his/her commitment to:o Host the researcher in his/her School or Laboratory in AUTh’ s premises
    o Supervise/work together with the selected researcher in the proposed research project o Submit an Evaluation Report upon completion of the scholarship

3. Additional Qualification

  • Announcements in conferences relevant to their field of expertise
  • Publications in scientific journals relevant to their field of expertise

Documents Required:

  1. Application Form (see appendix)
  2. Invitation/letter of intent from an AUTh Faculty member
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copies of the degrees and certifications mentioned in the CV and are relevant to the qualifications.


  1. 2  Publications (per publication) – 5 max 20
  2. 3  Announcements (per announcement) – 10 max 10


(Alternative types of proof may be considered).

Applications should be submitted via post to the following address Dept.of Genetics, Development and Molecular Biology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 7th floor, AUTh Campus, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece or electronically at: no later than the 26/03/2021 at 12:00, (Applications will be attributed a reference number).page2image1014592

For more information and questions regarding the position, candidates may refer to +302310- 997332 or electronically at For information regarding the application procedure candidates may refer to phone numbers +302310- 994009, 994082, 994022.

Submitted proposals will be evaluated by a three-member Evaluation Committee based on the requirements/provisions of the call.

Objections to the evaluation results should be submitted within a period of five working (5) days (counting from the next of the announcement date) to the following address: Research Committee AUTh (3rd September Str. – University Campus 546 36 THESSALONIKI – GREECE).

The candidates should be informed of the evaluation results from the Research Committee website:

The candidate who wishes to submit an objection to the result (decision to accept results) is entitled to recourse (either physically or by post) to the Special Account of Research Authorities of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (KEDEA Building, 3 September – Thessaloniki, Postal Code: 54636, 1st floor, Office 101) within five (5) working days from the day following the posting of the decision to accept results on the website of the ELKE Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The candidate has the obligation to be informed about the posting of the results from the website of ELKE, in the online posting of this invitation. It should be noted that applicants are entitled to have access to the details of the individual application file and the assessment and evaluation papers of their own and of their other co-candidates, upon written request within five (5) working days of the day following announcement of the results on the ELKE website and under the conditions of articles 5 of Law 2690/1999 and 5 par. e ‘of Law 2472/1997. Where specific data categories are included, they are only granted under the General Data Protection Regulations and other applicable provisions.page3image922496page3image924032


  1. From all the applications submitted, according to the above specifications, the one that best meets the project’s requirements will be selected and awarded a scholarship grant.
  2. Only applications submitted within the period mentioned above will be considered. In case of postal submission, the Research Committee of AUTh will not bear any responsibility for the submission time or the content of the files that will be sent.
  3. Changes to the application (replacements, corrections or submission of additional documents) are not allowed after the expiration of the deadline.
  4. It should be noted that the invitation for awarding scholarship grants in the framework of the project is not a competitive tendering procedure, while the potential selection of counterparties should be interpreted as an acceptance of a proposal for hiring and not as “hiring”. The aforementioned process will be completed with the announcement of a ranking list, while those candidates selected will be personally notified. In case of a tie, the candidate whose application has a) the longest experience, b) the greatest bachelor’s degree mark, or c) the greatest master’s degree mark, will be selected.
  5. Any submitted candidacy that does not meet the criteria of the call will not be examined any further and will be automatically rejected.
  6. Throughout the duration of the project it is possible that the selected candidate(s) may be replaced, if necessary, by other candidate(s) of the present call and in accordance with the ranking list.
  7. This call for expression of interest does not, under any circumstances, bind the Research Committee of AUTh to establish cooperation with stakeholders and does not create any labor claims. The Research Committee of AUTh reserves the right to select the candidate, and it remains in the Committee’s full discretion to conclude or not the relevant contracts, excluding any claim by the candidates.
  8. The work contract awarded shall comply with the general and specific guidelines of the funding mechanism.
  9. For candidates, language knowledge shall be certified according to Article 1 of Presidential Decree 146/2007 “Modification of provisions of Presidential Decree 50/2001 Defining qualifications for the appointments of posts in the public sector” (Official Gazette 185/3.8.2007/Issue A’), in conjunction with the last passage of paragraph 1 of Article 1 of the Presidential Decree 116/2006 “Amendment of Article 28 of Presidential Decree 50/2001” (Official Gazette 115/9.6.2006/Issue A’). For foreign candidates, there shall be equivalent language skills verification.
  10. For candidates, computer skills shall be certified according to the Article 27 par.6 of Presidential Decree 50/2001”Defining qualifications for the appointments of posts in the public sector” (Official Gazette 39/5.3.2001/Issue A’, 24/30.01.2013 /Issue A’ and 63/9.3.2005/Issue A’).
  11. Foreign documents must be accompanied by photocopies of their official translation into the Greek language.
  12. It should be noted that the work assignment to candidates employeed in the Public Sector, in Public and Private Bodies, etc. is subject to the provisions of paragraph 14 of Article 12 of YAKED 110427/EYTHY1020/01.11.2016

The President of the Research Committee

Efstratios A. Stylianidis
Vice Rector Research and Lifelong Learning AUTH


(with consequences of law on false/inaccurate statement)

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Degree (or Diploma:) ………………………………Final Degree (numerically, approach 2 decimal): …………… Year of Birth: …………… Place of Birth: ………………………… Prefecture: ……………………………………… Father’s Name and surname: ……………………………………………………………………………………………. Mother’s Name and surname:: ……………………………………………………………………………………………. Address of residence: Street ……………… Number….. Post code …….. City …………….Telephone.: ……… Address of work: Street …………………. Number….. Post code …….. City …………….Telephone.:………….. Mobile phone : ……………………….. e-mail: ……………………………………..Passport Number:……………..

Please note in this proposal – statement and outside of the postal file the following (To be completed by the candidate):

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Date : ___/___/______

Find attached : 1. 2.

*Incomplete filling of the proposal – statement constitutes a criterion for exclusion

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Politics / University of York Department of Politics / United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department: Politics

Based at: University of York – Heslington Campus

Hours of work: Full-time

Contract status: Fixed term

Salary: 32,817 – 33,797 a year

Posted Date: 05/08/2020

Apply by: 05/09/2020

Job Reference: 8752

Role DescriptionThe University of York wishes to appoint a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of its Research Leadership Award (2016) to Dr. Timothy Stanton for his project Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique. The successful applicant will join a team of eight doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on this five-year project, which explores the origins and development of ideas of ‘civil society’ in Western political thought since Aristotle. Its several research streams chart in closer detail the processes of linguistic and conceptual change through which the meaning of civil society shifts in its sense and reference, against the highly particular institutional and cultural backgrounds in which the abstract term collides with lived reality, whether in Renaissance Florence, post-Reformation Europe, Restoration England, Weimar Germany, or in contemporary Turkey and India.The post holder will be required to:• Conduct research and contribute to the production of research on the meaning and history of civil society in Western political thought.
• Contribute to a scholarly publication of texts relating to the understanding of civil society in English/English translation.
• Translate and provide informed scholarly commentary upon texts in the political Aristotelian tradition
• Contribute to a collaborative research project on civil society.
• Analyse research results and disseminate the conclusions of your research through academic publications and by other means as required.
• Where appropriate, assist with undergraduate teaching.
This Fellowship is available to outstanding candidates seeking to conduct research on competing ideas of civil society in the period c.1580-1680, with special emphasis on attempts to uphold an Aristotelian conception of politics in the face of the rise of the modern sovereign state. The successful candidate will possess the intellectual and practical skills needed to select and where necessary translate, annotate, contextualise, and prepare a range of relevant texts for print publication within a Reader or Anthology, and to use these texts to fertilize additional academic publications. They will have a first degree in history, politics, philosophy or a related discipline, and a PhD in intellectual history, the history of political thought or philosophy or similar. They will demonstrate extensive knowledge of intellectual history/the history of political thought and of different research techniques and methodologies. They will be able to demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary approaches drawing on insights from across the humanities, the language skills needed to read and translate early modern Latin texts into English, and the ability to write up research work for academic publication in respected journals and/or by university presses. Some familiarity with the German scholarship on the political Aristotelians is desirable.Applications should be made via the e-recruiter online application system.The post is available for 2 years on a full time basis. Potential applications are encouraged to contact the project leader, Tim Stanton (, or its administrator, Julia Smith ( for informal discussion or further information. The closing date for applications is 5 September 2020. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 21 September after that by Zoom.The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork


Research Fellow in Sociology and Social Policy / University of Nottingham Department of Sociology and Social Policy / United Kingdom

Research Fellow (Fixed-term)



Closing Date

Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Job Type


DepartmentSociology & Social Policy


£30942 to £40322 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

This is an unusual, exciting opportunity to work independently and as part of a committed, enthusiastic and supportive interdisciplinary team. This post will support UKRI Future Leaders Fellow Dr Philippa Tomczak’s £1.1m, seven-year research and impact project Prison regulation, for safer societies: Participatory, Effective, Efficient? Theorising the regulation of criminal justice institutions forms a crucial task for interdisciplinary scholars and activists. Extensive, existing prison regulation and accountability apparatuses (e.g. OPCAT) hold substantive, yet largely unrealised potential to (re)shape imprisonment. Reconceptualising existing static, state-centric accounts, this project will examine how multisectoral actors (could) regulate imprisonment across scales (e.g. voluntary organisations and prisoners operating from local to international scale). You will be a key member of this research team, with extensive opportunities for career development within and beyond this project. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a large, complex study as part of a growing research group under the management of Dr Philippa Tomczak. The person appointed will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for further research, develop research methodologies and extend their personal research portfolio. Please email Philippa should you wish to consider the grant application and/or relevant forthcoming journal articles before applying. The successful candidate will hold a PhD qualification in a relevant discipline and topic; will be able to demonstrate qualitative research experience and innovative thinking; and evidence their passion to participate in this specific research project. Candidates with knowledge of imprisonment/ public services regulation in in a country other than England and Wales, ideally in the global south, are particularly welcome to apply, although this is not essential to be appointed.This fixed-term role is available from 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours. The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.Informal enquiries may be addressed to Philippa Tomczak, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe.
For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;
For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information follow this link Description/Role
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2 Year Postdoctoral Position for a Cultural Anthropologist in Istanbul for the research project entitled Migration, Memory, and Musical Expression: Musical Traditions from Central Eastern Anatolia in Turkey, Berlin, and Paris

The Orient-Institute Istanbul is currently looking for a Cultural Anthropologist. 

The position will last for 24 months, the salary is based on the salary scales of German institutions in Turkey. 

About the project

The project deals with musical traditions in the region between Koçgiri (Sivas) and Varto (Muş). One focus of the research will be on the question to what extent ethnic and religious categories correlate with musical traditions. Identity discourses will be investigated in the context of their historical development over the past decades, and, as part of them, consequences of historical experiences of violence (Koçgiri 1921, Şey Said 1925, Dersim 1937, Dersim-Bingöl 1994). Furthermore, effects of urbanization in the region, of the abandonment of villages and migration to Turkish or European cities, on musical traditions will be investigated, with a focus on migrants in Istanbul, Berlin, and Paris, relating to changing performance practice, effects of mediatization, changing musical education. Throughout the project, one of the priorities will be the changing roles of women in society and their effects on female musicians and music-making. 

The project is financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and will be based at the Orient-Institute Istanbul ( Principal investigator is Dr Martin Greve, German musicologist, based in Istanbul ( 

The begin of the project depends on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in the countries selected for fieldwork. At present the official start is planned for December 1, 2020, or at latest January 1, 2021.


Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (or a related discipline). The anthropologist does not necessarily have to be an expert in music but rather might develop her / his own research project related to the main project. Wherever possible, both researchers might work together, as for example on religious, ethnic and political identities, but might partially also act and write more independently but in constant exchange. Main languages of the project are English and Turkish, knowledge of Kurmanji will be helpful. Experience in fieldwork in eastern Anatolia, possibly also in Europe, is expected.

The Orient-Institute Istanbul is committed to raising the number of women in research. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.


Applications should be submitted as one single pdf document including a letter of motivation with indication of research fields, academic cv with a list of publications, certificates and one writing sample (recent journal article, book or thesis chapter).

Application deadline: August 31, 2020 

Please submit your complete application to:

Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika

Director of the
Orient-Institut Istanbul
Susam Sokak 16 D.8

34433 Cihangir-Istanbul

For any question concerning the project and the application procedure, please contact:

Dr. habil. Martin Greve (


The Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories e. V. invites applications for the following full-time position (TV-L E13, starting at the next possible date, limited for a period of up to 4 years):

The Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories e. V. (LIfBi) is an independent infrastructure facility conducting empirical educational research and associated with the University of Bamberg. LIfBi is responsible for operating the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). The main task of this long-term project is the provision of representative data on competence development and educational trajectories in Germany.

Your work environment:

You are working in a team of about 190 employees with academic and non-academic work focus at our location in Bamberg. As part of the Center for Study Management you will be at a junction between all other departments as well as our partners within the NEPS consortium and the commissioned field agencies. As an infrastructure unit, the Center for Study Management develops and secures standards and processes for the realization of highly complex studies in the field of the social sciences, it ensures their completion, and thus establishes the relevant state-of-the-art in international comparison.

Your tasks:

  • The position advertised is intended for surveymethodological research. The successful candidate will systematize the relevant state of research, analyze data from LIfBi surveys and publish the results in peer reviewed articles as well as in process descriptions (e.g. in the form of best-practice guidelines based on the state of the art of research and common practice).
  • Within the scope of the activity the successful candidate will cooperate with the heads of the Center for Study Management and its operational units as well as with the heads of the scientific departments and 
  • will contribute to establish a survey-methodological profile of the LIfBi.
  • At least six publications (peer review) within the scope of the tasks described are expected to be published by the end of the fixed-term contract.

Your profile:

  • Completed degree (M.A. or equivalent) with a focus on empirical social research, e.g. sociology, psychology, political science, social economics, empirical educational research
  • Publication history expected
  • Professional experience in the field of survey-methodological research
  • Profound knowledge in the field of quantitative methods of empirical social research
  • Doctoral degree is an advantage
  • High level of organizational and communication skills
  • High proficiency with statistics software (preferably Stata); experience with analyzes of longitudinal data is an advantage
  • Very good written and spoken English skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team

We offer:

  • An attractive academic work environment
  • Introduction into a topic that is increasingly in the focus of public attention
  • Collaboration in the largest longitudinal study in Germany
  • Flexible working hours in a pleasant work atmosphere 
  • A company pension scheme with deferred compensation at the VBLU

The LIfBi attaches great importance to equal opportunities for women and men. Where candidates are otherwise equally qualified, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.For questions on the position, please contact:
Dr. Jutta von Maurice (+49 951 863-2786,

Please use our online form to send your application with informative and complete documents no later than
30.04.2020 with the subject “Zentrum für Studienmanagement – Surveymethodologie 306”.All submitted data on your person will be deleted six months after completion of the application process at the latest.