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KWI International Fellowships

4 fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021

The KWI fellowship program addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support in all administrative and communicative regards.

We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD plus one to six years of post-doctoral experience. Fellows will receive a fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4.000 € (pre-tax) meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses.


  • The fellowship should be devoted to research linked to the programmatic agenda of the KWI. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, to finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • We expect fellows to be present at least 4 days a week.
  • Fellows are requested to actively take part in lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at the KWI.
  • Fellows are not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire our teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention the KWI.
  • German is not required.


  • We kindly ask you to send a CV, a list of publications and a proposal sketching your KWI project (up to 5.000 characters).
  • The application deadline is March 1st, 2020.
  • The fellows will be selected by a committee assembling members of the KWI governing board and the institute’s director.
  • For all further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sabine Voßkamp at Please submit your application to this address, too.

Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut / Institute for Advanced Studies
Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr)
Director: Prof. Dr. Julika Griem

A detailed call for application with additional information on the KWI, the academic landscape and the Ruhr Area can be accessed here.

Research Explorer Ruhr 2020:

2-week summer opportunity for international postdocs at University Alliance Ruhr (Germany)

Apply now for Research Explorer Ruhr 2020 and explore research opportunities at Ruhr- Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

This year’s Research Explorer Ruhr will take place from 14 to 27 June 2020. During your stay, you will have the chance to work out cooperation opportunities and research compatibility with your host. Learn more about the German research landscape and its manifold funding lines so that you can return to one of our universities for a postdoc with your own independent funding. The program is conducted entirely in English and the invitation includes travel expenses and accommodation.

Either apply to one of University Alliance Ruhr’s professors’ research profiles on the website or send in your unsolicited application. The call is open to recent postdocs of all fields until 1 March 2020. For more information, please visit or get in touch at

You can download the flyer here and the official call for application here.

Doctoral Researcher in Visual Sociology (m, f, d)

(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 1st, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks:
Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

The project „Social Displays – On the Accountability of Embodied Digital Technologies in Everyday Life“ investigates the communicative integration of Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) such as driverless cars or artificial companions into the social world’s routines of action and cooperation. The micro-sociological hypothesis of the project is that a reliable cooperation of humans and EDTs, in which EDTs have to decide and act autonomously to some degree, presumes the human cooperation partners to be informed clearly about the EDTs’ alignment in the situation and the EDTs’ overall accountability. In its empirical approach, the research project therefore aims to analyze different anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, fictional, and purely functional designs used in the development of EDTs to inform human cooperation partners about an EDT’s specific cooperative features and capabilities. The project systematically asks about the (meta-)communicative constitution of accountability seeking to reconstruct different social types and taxonomies of (non-human) accountable others.

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral position includes the enrollment in the CRC’s doctoral program.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Sociology, Media Studies, Visual Studies, or a similar background
  • Expertise in theories of social interaction and in qualitative methods
  • Strong interest in the analysis of non-verbal communication
  • Expertise in Visual Sociology or Sociology of Knowledge or in a similar subject area such as Microsociology, Sociology of Technology, Sociology of Media or in Design Theory is a plus
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses and an exemplary text (master thesis, term paper, essay, etc.) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_D04”) to The closing date for applications is January 25th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for Media Research
Professorship of Visual Communication and Sociology of Media
Prof. Dr. Michael R. Müller
09107 Chemnitz


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