6 Research fellows (m/f/d) with part-time employment (65%) - E 13 TV-L (third party funding, fixed-term from 1.07.2023 until 30.06.2026)

Humboldt University of Berlin
January 16, 2023
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The German–South African, DFG- and NRF-funded IRTG Transformative Religion is a collaboration of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape and University of KwaZulu-Natal on the South African side. It transdisciplinarily investigates the impact of religion in processes of social transformation and the impact of these transformations on religion in contemporary global societies with an intercontinental perspective. It seeks to contribute to recent academic research and public debates on the complex relationship between religion and society.

Against the backdrop of discursive differences in perceiving and positioning religion in the field of knowledge between the global north and the global south and with a distinctive decolonial approach, this IRTG aims at a critical epistemology through which the situatedness of religious knowledge production and reception in processes of social transformation can be researched. In case studies from contexts in the global South and North, the IRTG seeks to investigate religion as specifically situated knowledge functioning as a resource and as a site of social transformation. It engages scholars from two continents and a variety of disciplines to go beyond conventional research approaches.

The research focus of the IRTG unfolds in the following four research areas: national identity ; development ; migration ; healing.

For detailed information please refer to: www. transformative-religion.org

Job description:

  • Research work in the context of the IRTG
  • Pursuite of an own dissertation project related to one of the IRTG's research areas within the overall thematic framework of the IRTG
  • Completion of the dissertation within the time frame of 3 years
  • Required:

  • An excellent master's degree or comparable qualification in anthropology/ethnology, religious studies, cultural studies, sociology, African studies, theology, political science or related disciplines (ordinarily candidates should be located in faculties of humanities, social sciences and/ or theology). Candidates applying without a completed master's degree will need to convincingly justify that they will obtain degree before 30.06.2023. In those cases, admission will be conditional on the successful completion of the degree.
  • A substantially above average academic profile.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English as well in any other language required for the successful implementation of the planned doctoral project.
  • Cultural sensitivity and openness to work in a highly transdisciplinary and internationally composed team.
  • The ability to work independently and the desire to complete their doctoral dissertation within the time frame of three years.
  • The willingness to spend some time abroad.
  • Agreement to pursue the doctoral project under the guidance of the principal investigators of the international research training group Transformative Religion and at Humboldt University.
  • Recommended:

  • Study, work or research experience in a foreign country and/or at another university will be considered asset.
  • Prior knowledge in the thematic field of the IRTG and the research area applied for is an asset.
  • Prior publications will be considered an asset.
  • Voluntary engagement and/or prior work experience in the thematic field or research areas of the IRTG.
  • Prior experiences in antiracist, decolonial voluntary work will be considered an asset.
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    Please send your application including a letter of motivation (including indications on whether the application refers to Germany or South Africa as the main study location and on the preference for supervisors and research institutions within the IRTG); their full CV; a list of publications (if applicable); transcripts of their academic records (degree certificate if master's has been completed, otherwise the current grades overview); a letter of recommendation by a former supervisor speaking to the academic qualification of the applicant; a concise proposal of the planned PhD project. The proposal of strictly 10 pages/3.000 words/ 20.000 characters should include an outline of the state of the art of the relevant literature, the central research question(s), the planned methodology and the envisaged time plan of the project. The proposal should also indicate to which of the IRTG's four research areas the planned PhD project is related.

    Kindly submit all documents in one pdf file named SURNAMEFIRSTNAME.pdf – by 16th January 2023 and quoting the reference number DR/164/22 via e-mail to transformative-religion@hu-berlin.de. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an individual interview scheduled for January 2023.

    HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Researchers from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.

    Please visit our website www. hu-berlin.de/stellenangebote, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.

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