Jobs & Calls

Here you can find offers for jobs, reasearch fellowships and awards as well as calls for papers.


JOBS:


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.


2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
EIGHT ACADEMY IN EXILE FELLOWSHIPS IN BERLIN AND ESSEN
DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2021

Academy in Exile invites scholars at risk to apply for 24-month fellowships at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Eligible are scholars from any country, who have a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or law, and who are at risk because of their academic work and/or civic engagement in human rights, democracy, and the pursuit of academic freedom. Academy in Exile fellowships provide scholars with the opportunity to reestablish their scholarship in Germany and to work on their own research project in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows contribute to the research agenda and intellectual profile of Academy in Exile and participate in affiliated research projects.

Created in 2017, Academy in Exile preserves and cultivates critical scholarship that is threatened or de-legitimized in countries across the globe. Academy in Exile is a consortium of the Turkish Studies Department at the University Duisburg-Essen, the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities / KWI) in Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Freie Universität Berlin. To date, Academy in Exile has supported 47 scholars at risk with long-term fellowships, emergency stipends, and guest professorships.

The eight new fellows, funded by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation, will be affiliated either with the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin or KWI in Essen. Applications will be evaluated according to academic merit, risk assessment, and suitability for the research programs at the Forum and the KWI, as well as the programs of the Academy in Exile.

Barring delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, fellowships may start as early as July 2021. The monthly stipend amounts to 2,500 EUR. In addition, Academy in Exile covers the cost of health insurance.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 15 MARCH 2021 IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:
— completed applicant information form (Available for download here)
— a letter that explains your motivation for applying to AiE, including the current circumstances of your risk and/or exile status. Please include a short rationale if you prefer to be affiliated with the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen or the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. No proof or letter from a third party is required. However, if you are registered with Scholars at Risk Network, IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund or CARA, please indicate so in your letter;
— a three-page research proposal;
— an updated curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
— a published journal article or chapter.

Please submit your application to info@academy-in-exile.eu as one PDF and name the file as follows: surname_first name. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidentiality. Encrypted communication will be used at the applicant’s request.

For more information visit: https://www.academy-in-exile.eu/
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CALLS 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 the 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 ReimsInstitut 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 March 1, 2021 (extended deadline), 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.