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Research Associate (f/m/d) Humanities, Cultural, Social or Legal Sciences
University of Bremen
The University of Bremen, U Bremen Excellence Chair Prof.
Dr. Shalini Randeria / Research Group "Soft Authoritarianisms:
Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspectives" as part of
the Interdisciplinary Research Platform "Worlds of Contradiction"
(WoC, faculties 6, 8, 9, 10 & 12), invites applications
for the following position within the fields of the
humanities, cultural, social or legal sciences (Cultural
Studies, Law, Linguistics, Political Sciences, Social and
Cultural Anthropology, Sociology & related fields)
Research Associate (100 %)
(EG 13 TVL) - Postdoc -
full time and limited to 3 years (with a possibility of extension
for a further three years).
Start of contract: 01/01/2020 or earlier.
The University of Bremen, a mid-sized university with 320
professors, 19.500 students and a full-spectrum of academic
disciplines is one of Europe‘s leading research universities
and maintains close cooperation with international universities
and non-university research institutions in the region.
The promotion of young researchers is a core element of
Bremen's research strategy.
The 'U Bremen Excellence Chairs' program is a new initiative
at University of Bremen since 2019. It enables internationally
outstanding researchers to establish their own working
groups at the university and to integrate them into a network
of excellent research institutions worldwide in their respective
disciplines. Shalini Randeria's research group Soft Authoritarianisms:
Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspectives studies
how "soft authoritarian" rule functions, how it is put in place
institutionally and sustained rhetorically, how the rule of law
is dismantled in everyday life and how democratic institutions
are hollowed out slowly and systematically. Three case
studies will focus on France, Eastern Europe and Turkey
including their diasporas in order (1) to analyse authoritarian
practices of state transformation, (2) to sharpen our political
sensibilities and social science vocabulary and (3) to build
process-sensitive theory that overcomes the West-non-West
divide characteristic of the social sciences. Methodologically,
the research group will fuse ethnographic approaches with
text-, language- and discourse-oriented methods. The
research group will also conduct a series of Young Scholars
Autumn Research Schools starting in 2020 and in collaboration
with WoC, it will build the new research field "Contradictions
of Extractive Populisms".
independent research, development of own research
profile within the research field mentioned above,
willingness to conduct a full case study either in Eastern
Europe (preferably Poland or Hungary) or in France and to
work towards a second book and/or habilitation thesis
cooperate closely with the other researchers of the
research group and within the wider WoC network and
contribute to the successful implementation of the
research group program as a whole
expand the activities of the research group through third
party funding applications
co-organisation and conceptual development of workshops,
conferences, and the Young Scholars Autumn
realisation of individual and team publications resulting
from the research group's activities.
very good Masters degree in the humanities, cultural,
social or legal sciences
very good doctoral degree in the humanities, cultural,
social or legal sciences (cultural studies, law, linguistics,
political sciences, social and cultural anthropology,
sociology or related fields)
research proposal (for habilitation or second book)
considerable experience with qualitative methods
(ethnographic / praxeographic field research, discourse
analysis, language and text analysis), interest in interdisciplinary
collaboration and research
experience in one or more of the following fields is
welcome: political linguistics, political ethnography,
comparative legal studies, comparative politics, political or
high level of proficiency in English (including demonstrated
academic writing skills), proficiency in German is highly
welcome, but not mandatory
language proficiency required for the respective case study
willingness to pursue research abroad for longer periods
experience of working in international projects, organizing
academic events and developing project proposals,
preferably shown through employment, fellowship or
extended research stay at an international research
institution within the past five years.
strong interest in networking in the field of research;
experience gained at other national/international research
institutions is advantageous.
demonstrated organisational and teamwork skills
you should be highly motivated, reliable, and have good
attention to detail
The University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion
of women in academia and therefore specifically encourages
women to apply. Severely, disabled applicants will be given
priority if they show the same professional and personal
suitability. We invite applications from people with a
migration background. We encourage applications from
international candidates, especially from the Global South.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria
(Randeria@uni-bremen.de) or Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht
Please note that the application should be submitted in
English and that we can only accept it if it includes all
required documents: letter of motivation, CV (with publication
record), certificates, a sample chapter of your PhD thesis and
up to two published papers, and a brief proposal of not more
than three pages outlining your individual research agenda
within the framework of the research group described above,
including methodology and a time line.
Please send the documents with the reference number
A101/19 until 29 July 2019 to
University of Bremen
attn. Ms. Martina Girwert
WoC Worlds of Contradiction/
office of Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke
or by mail as single PDF-file to: email@example.com
Please submit only copies with your
application (no folders) as we are unable
to return application material, which will
be destroyed after the selection process.