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Research Associate / PhD-Position (f/m/d) Research Group "Soft Authoritarianisms: Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspectives"
Published(68 days ago)
Deadline for applications(51 days ago)
University of BremenBremen
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"
(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 (0,65%)
(EG 13 TVL) - PhD-Position
part time (26 hours weekly) and limited until 31.12.2022.
Start time: at the next possible date
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 Chair Program is a new initiative at
the University of Bremen starting in 2019. It allows top
international researchers to form their own research group in
Bremen and to connect it to a network of outstanding
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 and development of own PhD
project either for France or for one or more Eastern
European countries (e.g. Poland, Hungary, Ukraine) within
the methodological and analytical framework of the group;
ability to conduct a full empirical case study in one of
these two areas
Participation within the activities of the research group and
the wider Worlds of Contradiction network
Supporting the organisation of international workshops,
conferences and the Young Scholars Autumn Research
Individual publications and support for team publications
resulting from the research group's activities.
Very good Master degree in the humanities or cultural,
social and legal sciences (Cultural Studies, Law, Linguistics,
Political Sciences, Social and Cultural Anthropology,
Sociology and related fields)
Development of an independent doctoral research project
either on France or Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary,
Experience with qualitative methods (ethnographic/
praxeographic field research, discourse analysis, language
analysis), interest in interdisciplinary collaboration
High level of proficiency in English (including demonstrated
academic writing skills) is required, as the Research
Group's working language is English, proficiency in
German is highly welcome but not mandatory
Language proficiency for the respective case study
Ability and willingness to spend longer periods of fieldwork
Good organisational skills; willingness and ability to work
High commitment, reliable and careful style of work
The University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion
of women in science and therefore specifically encourages
women to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be given
priority if they show the same professional and personal
suitability. Applications are welcomed from people with a
migration background. We encourage applications by
international candidates, especially from the Global South.
The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of
Academic Fixed-Term Contract, § 2 I (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
- WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only
be considered for appointment if they still have the
respective qualification periods available in accordance with
§ 2 (1) WissZeitVG.
Please direct further inquiries on this position to Prof. Dr.
Shalini Randeria (Randeria@iwm.at) or Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht
Please send your complete set of application documents in
English including letter of motivation, CV (with publication
record if relevant), certificates, a sample chapter from a
completed MA/MSc thesis or a published paper, and a brief
proposal of not more than three pages, outlining the
individual PhD research project within the framework of the
research group described above, including methodology and
a time line.
Please send the documents with the reference number
A102/19 until July 5th, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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