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PhD posts (f/m/d) in the research training group Documentary Practices: Excess and Privation
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany's leading research universities. As a reform-oriented campus university, it brings together an exceptional range of academic fields in one place. The dynamic coexistence of different disciplines and disciplinary cultures presents researchers and students alike with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
12 PhD posts (m/f/d) (TV-L 13, 25,8 h/w)
The university's Faculty of Philology invites applications for
12 PhD posts (m/f/d) (TV-L 13, 25,8 h/w)
in the DFG-funded research training group
Documentary Practices: Excess and Privation (GRK 2132)
with a start date of 15 October 2019.
The research training group is primarily aimed at doctoral candidates from the fields of media, cultural, film and literary studies and art history/theory.
The term of the PhD posts is limited of three years.
The research training group investigates the different media forms of documentary practice - in particular, audio-visual, textual and digital forms - and the cultural conditions under which particular types of media come to dominate this practice. One particular area of focus concerns the tension between the ubiquity of documentary forms in today's digital cultures and the unavoidable need for selectivity -a phenomenon that can be investigated by attending to the blind spots of documentary practices and their experimental forms and aesthetic dissociations. This investigation is subdivided into four areas: 'Formal History and Theorisation of Documentary Practice', 'Media-Poetics of Documentary Practice', 'Self-Documentation and Cultures of Affect' and '(Techno-)Politics of Documentary Practice'.
The group is intended to provide structured training for German and international postgraduate researchers, who are selected according to the criteria of an outstanding academic profile and an exceptional proposal for an interdisciplinary PhD project that can be completed within the funding period.
The PhD candidates (m/f/d) will be required to work on an independent research project (thesis) and to actively participate in the group's research and study programme. They will also be expected to regularly present interim results from their doctoral project.
You will need to provide the following:
Evidence that you have completed a degree in one of the disciplines included in the research training group
Detailed academic CV
Statement describing how you plan to contribute to the research training group
Thesis proposal of around five to ten pages in length, including a schedule and an explanation of how your proposed project fits into the structure of the group's research programme and its areas of investigation
A confidential reference from a university lecturer detailing your academic ability and potential
Applicants from universities outside Germany will require the equivalent of the relevant German qualification and evidence of German language ability equivalent to DSH 1/TestDaF 3
If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.
Please direct any enquiries to the group coordinators, Julia Eckel and Raphaela Knipp (firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +49 (0) 234 32 27414). Tel.: +49 (0) 234 32 27414). Further information can be found on our website: https://das-dokumentarische.blogs.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/.
All applications must be submitted in electronic form (in one PDF file, sent to email@example.com) by 15.05.2019. They should be addressed to the speaker of the research training group, Prof. Friedrich Balke, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institut für Medienwissenschaft, Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum, Germany.
Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.
The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.