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KWI International Fellowships 

Fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1st of October 2021 until 31st of March 2022.

Fellowship: 

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 up to six years of post-doctoral experience. The fellowships can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI International Fellowship Program addresses international researchers. Researchers of German nationality are eligible to apply if currently employed at an international institute.

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. Travel expenses for arrival at the KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed.

Expectations: 

  • The fellowship should be dedicated 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 the 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 participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention the KWI.
  • German is not required.

Academic landscape:

Located at the KWI, fellows will have the opportunity to liaise with researchers in a rich and diversified academic landscape: The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), the umbrella structure of the KWI, strategically links the universities of Duisburg-Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund. Nearby, the universities of Duesseldorf, Cologne, Muenster and Bielefeld as well as the renowned Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen offer further possibilities for collaboration and exchange. The close proximity of Belgium and the Netherlands to North Rhine-Westphalia has engendered cross-border programmes and initiatives from which fellows might profit. For details on 14 collaborative research centres and 13 graduate training groups within the UA Ruhr see here: www.uaruhr.de/index.html.en.

The Ruhr Area: 

The cities of Duisburg and Essen are situated right in the middle of the Ruhr Area. With more than five million inhabitants and an area of about 4,435 square kilometres, the Ruhr Area is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Germany and the fifth largest in Europe. The region’s cultural appeal and diverse urban landscape were recognised by the European Union in 2010 when Ruhr Metropolitan Area, spearheaded by Essen, was granted the honour of being the “European Capital of Culture”. After the transformation of traditional industries, it was an important concern to make the Ruhr Area greener again. By now, this characteristic region in the West of Germany has developed into a cultural hub with manifold outdoor possibilities. The cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf can be easily reached, and the Netherlands and Belgium offer day-trip destinations.

Application: 

  • We kindly ask you to apply in the form of one single PDF-file (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted electronically to international.fellowship@uni-due.de with the subject line: “KWI International Fellowships”. Please note that, due to IT safety regulations, we cannot accept applications via links to external platforms.
  • The application must be formulated in English and must contain a CV, a list of publications and a proposal sketching your KWI project (up to max. 5.000 characters).
  • The application deadline is February 26th, 2021, 24:00 h (CET). Incomplete or late submitted applications cannot be considered.
  • The fellows will be selected by a committee assembling members of the KWI governing board and the institute’s director.
  • Further information about the application process can be found in the FAQs.

Download the full call here.


Thyssen@KWI Fellowship

Fellowship for the duration of 6 months from 1st of October 2021 until 31st of March 2022.

Fellowship:

The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. It is most generously funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality if they provide excellent international contacts and work experience. We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD and several years of post-doctoral research expertise. The fellowship can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) in Essen 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.

Thyssen@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. Travel expenses for arrival at the KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed

Expectations:

  • The fellowship should be dedicated 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 the fellow to be present at least 4 days a week.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is invited to actively take part in academic events at the KWI and will have the opportunity to design outstanding discussion formats with prominent researchers.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is not expected to teach, but always welcome to participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention the KWI.
  • German is not required, very good proficiency in English is expected.

Academic landscape:

Located at the KWI, fellows will have the opportunity to liaise with researchers in a rich and diversified academic landscape: The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), the umbrella structure of the KWI, strategically links the universities of Duisburg-Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund. Nearby, the universities of Duesseldorf, Cologne, Muenster and Bielefeld as well as the renowned Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen offer further possibilities for collaboration and exchange. The close proximity of Belgium and the Netherlands to North Rhine-Westphalia has engendered cross-border programmes and initiatives from which fellows might profit. For details on 14 collaborative research centres and 13 graduate training groups within the UA Ruhr see here: www.uaruhr.de/index.html.en.

The Rhine-Ruhr Area:

The city of Essen is situated right in the middle of the Ruhr Area, next to the Rhineland and Cologne, where the Thyssen Foundation is headquartered. With more than five million inhabitants and an area of about 4,435 square kilometres, the Ruhr Area is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Germany and the fifth largest in Europe. The region’s cultural appeal and diverse urban landscape were recognised by the European Union in 2010 when Ruhr Metropolitan Area, spearheaded by Essen, was granted the honour of being the “European Capital of Culture”. After the transformation of traditional industries, it was an important concern to make the Ruhr Area greener again. By now, this characteristic region in the West of Germany has developed into a cultural hub with manifold outdoor possibilities. The Rhineland can be easily reached, and the Netherlands and Belgium offer day-trip destinations.

Application: 

  • We kindly ask you to apply in the form of one single PDF-file (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted electronically to international.fellowship@uni-due.de with the subject line: “Thyssen@KWI-Fellowship”. Please note that, due to IT safety regulations, we cannot accept applications via links to external platforms.
  • • The application must be formulated in English and must contain a CV, a list of publications and a proposal sketching your KWI project (up to max. 5.000 characters).
  • • The application deadline is February 26th, 2021, 24:00 h (CET). Incomplete or late submitted applications cannot be considered.
  • • The fellow will be selected by a committee assembling members of the Thyssen Foundation, the KWI governing board and the institute’s director, Prof. Griem.
  • • Further information about the application process can be found in the FAQs.

Download the full call here.


KWI Schreibwochenende für Promovierende mit Inputs rund um das Thema „(Journal)Artikel“,
Donnerstag, 22.04.2021 bis Sonntag, 25.04.2021
Deadline für Anmeldungen:  03.04.2021

Sofern es die Situation erlaubt findet die gesamte Veranstaltung in Präsenz am KWI statt

Intensive Arbeit am Text von Qualifikationsschriften ist in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften unverzichtbar. Insbesondere unter den Bedingungen der Pandemie und ihren vielen sozialen Belastungen wird auch für Promovierende diese Form der Arbeit erschwert. Gerade Doktorand*innen, die nicht in strukturierten Programmen promovieren, vermissen Austausch und sind verstärkt von den Folgen von Vereinzelung und Selbstisolation betroffen. Um diesen Herausforderungen zu begegnen und junge Forscher*innen in ihrer Arbeit zu unterstützen, veranstaltet das KWI ein Schreibwochenende mit einem möglichst maßgeschneiderten Angebot für Promovierende in den Geistes-, Kultur- und qualitativen Sozialwissenschaften.

Für dieses Schreibwochenende werden wir den Fokus auf wissenschaftliche Artikel/Journal-Beiträge legen und uns insbesondere den Herausforderungen des Editionsprozesses (Umgang mit Herausgeber-Feedback) widmen, aber auch Praktiken des gemeinsamen Schreibens und Herausgebens adressieren. Zudem werden wir erstmalig einen Workshop speziell für englischsprachiges Schreiben anbieten, da das Verfassen von englischsprachigen Beiträgen eine zentrale Kompetenz darstellt. Die Arbeitssprache des Wochenendes wird – bis auf diesen Workshop – deutsch sein, Teilnehmer*innen können ihre Texte sowohl auf deutsch als auch auf englisch bearbeiten. Auch wenn der thematische Fokus des Rahmenprogramms auf Artikeln liegt, können die Schreibphasen frei genutzt werden.

Das detaillierte PROGRAMM des Schreibwochenendes finden Sie hier.

Das Angebot richtet sich an Promovierende, die an einer der drei UA Ruhr-Universitäten als Doktorand*in eingeschrieben oder Angehörige der UA Ruhr sind. Die Teilnehmenden sollten sich aktuell in der Phase der Verschriftlichung befinden (Rohfassung mindestens eines Kapitels bereits geschrieben), da wir in einer Tandemphase mit konkreten Textbeispielen aus den Dissertationen/Artikeln arbeiten werden.

Die KWI-Schreibwerkstatt versteht sich als fachlich spezifizierte Ergänzung zu bestehenden Formaten des Career Center der UDE und der Research Academy Ruhr. Sie stellt kein Motivationstraining oder eine Coaching-Leistung dar, sondern dient vielmehr dazu, Mikroprobleme des Schreibens auf einer handwerklich greifbaren Ebene in fachspezifisch konkretisierter Weise zu behandeln. Weitere Ziele des Schreibwochenendes sind Kritikbereitschaft und Kritikfähigkeit der Teilnehmenden am konkreten fachlichen Gegenstand zu schulen und die Promovierenden der UA Ruhr zu vernetzen. Aus diesem Grund, und um die Routinen des Home-Office zu durchbrechen, findet das gesamte Programm nach Möglichkeit in Präsenz in den Räumen des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts statt (Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen) statt.

TEILNAHMEVORAUSSETZUNGEN UND ANMELDUNG:

  • Aktive Phase der Verschriftlichung
  • eine kurze Selbst-und Projektbeschreibung
  • 3-8 Seiten eigener Text aus einem Artikel oder der Dissertation, die Texte sollte sich in einer fortgeschrittenen Bearbeitungsphase befinden, aber noch nicht komplett abgeschlossen sein, sodass die Kritik aus der Tandemsession sinnvoll genutzt werden kann.
  • Es wird die Bereitschaft vorausgesetzt, den Text einer Teilnehmer*in im Umfang von 3-8 Seiten für die Tandemarbeit konstruktiv vorzubereiten

Wir bitten um eine verbindliche Anmeldung bis zum 03.04.2021 via E-Mail an Henrike Lambrecht, henrike.lambrecht@kwi-nrw.de und an Julia Quast, julia.quast@kwi-nrw.de. Bitte fügen Sie ihrer Anmeldung unbedingt eine kurze Selbst- und Projektbeschreibung bei, sowie 3-8 Seiten Textauszug für die Tandemsitzung. Für das Programm stehen maximal zwölf Plätze zur Verfügung, die Platzvergabe richtet sich nach den Anmeldungen. Sollten die Plätze nicht vollständig durch Angehörige der UA Ruhr belegt sein, besteht auch die Teilnahmemöglichkeit für externe Doktorand*innen. Eine Zu-oder Absage erfolgt bis zum 07.04.2021.

Ausschreibung zum Download


Call for Papers:


Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th-21st centuries
First Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies
in Essen (Germany) from 12 to 15 October 2021

The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute in Washington (GHI) and the National History Center of the American Historical Association (NHC), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), are pleased to announce the first International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies, which will be held at the KWI in Essen, October 12–15, 2021.

The purpose of this seminar is to promote the historical study of refugees, who are too often regarded as a phenomenon of recent times. By viewing the problem of refugees from a historical perspective, the seminar seeks to complicate and contextualize our understanding of peoples who have fled political or religious conflicts, persecution, and violence. By bringing together 14 advanced PhD students and early postdocs from different parts of the world whose individual research projects examine refugees in different times and places, we intend to give a sense of purpose to this emerging field of study and demonstrate the value of viewing the plight of refugees
from a historical perspective.

We invite contributions from recent PhDs, as well as young scholars in the final stages of their dissertations. In addition to historians, we also encourage applications from researchers working in the fields of sociology, political science, anthropology, ethnic and area studies. Possible contributions include:

– Studies of refugee movements and exile diasporas in various periods and places;
– Studies of the ethnic, gendered, racial, religious, and other characteristics of refugee groups
and how they impact on reception policies and processes;
– Studies of reception and aid policies, and on the repercussions of refugees on host states
and societies;
– Studies of the changing inter-state framework of refugee movements, such as international
or inter-imperial cooperation, the role of international governmental or non-governmental
actors, humanitarian organizations, etc.;
– Studies of the infrastructures of exile (camps, networks, economies, regulations)
– Studies of the conceptual history of refugees and exile (legal history, administrative
practice, cultural history, etc.)

Papers will be pre-circulated five weeks before the seminar to allow maximum time for peers and invited senior scholars to engage in discussions on the state of the field. The workshop language will be English. The organizers will cover basic expenses for travel and accommodation. The forum is hosted by Jan C. Jansen (UDE), Dane Kennedy (George Washington University) and Simone Lässig (GHI). The participants will be joined by a group of leading senior scholars in the field of refugee history, including Jordanna Bailkin (University of Washington), Delphine Diaz (University of Reims Institut Universitaire de France), Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester) and Susanne Lachenicht (University of Bayreuth).

The seminar is supported by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the ERC project “Atlantic Exiles”, the German Historical Institute, InZentIM and the KWI.

Please upload a brief CV (max. 2 pages) and a proposal of no more than 750 words by February 15,
2021, via the seminar’s submission page. Please contact us at events@gcr21.uni-due.de if you encounter any problems with submitting your information online. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2021.

Call as PDF download.