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Humanities and Social Science Hosts (2018)

Birgit Sandkaulen - Philosophy

Philosophy and Educational Science

Research Center for Classical German Philosophy

Research Area

The Bochum Research Center for Classical German Philosophy / Hegel-Archive is a forum for scholars on every career level (graduate students, post-docs, professors) who are interested in various aspects of German philosophy around 1800. The members meet in a biweekly research colloquium. A larger public partakes in invited talks such as the annual Bochum Hegel Lecture, in conferences and in workshops. The Research Center's mission is to extend the view on the classical period of German philosophy beyond the narrow scope that has often been defined exlusively with regard to Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel as post-kantian "German Idealism." The Research Center stands for a broader, more inclusive approach: Its projects focus on the whole variety of thinkers involved in the philosophical debates around 1800 and examine potential contributions of Classical German Philosophy to today's discussions about systematic problems. Since 2017 the Hegel-Archive and its library are fully integrated in the Research Center.

Candidate Profile

The perfect candidate works on or has already completed a PhD thesis in philosophy (or comparable). She or he has a strong interest in Classical German Philosophy and wants to pursue a research project (PhD or post doc) within the international scholarly network of the Research Center. She or he has already a sufficient understanding of German that enables her or him to follow at least passively the philosophical discussions at the Research Center.

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Estrid Sørensen - Social Sciences

Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge

Research Area

Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of Kowledge, epistemic-ontic practices and relations, qualitative process analysis, praxeography, Social Studies of Psychology, IT-security/Privacy practices, digitalisation, participatory decision making and policy.

Candidate Profile

We are seeking a candidate with research interests and experience in praxeographic studies in the field of Science and Technology Studies within the areas of research of our group, and who preferably has a social anthropology background or similar.

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Klaus Oschema - History

History

Research Area

My research generally focuses on late medieval court culture and court society, with a certain accent on Western European courts (Burgundy, France; currently with a strong interest in Savoy). In this context I am particularly interested in what could be called a “new cultural history of politics”, analyzing, for example, forms of sociability and the construction of the political through discursive and ritual means.
Currently my own research and the research undertaken by my team focuses in particular on “scientific expertise” and advice giving in the setting of late medieval courts (and beyond). In this context, the role and activities of astrologers and the construction and perception of astrological knowledge occupy a central role: We seek to understand how astrologers successfully acquired a place as recognized experts and advisors of princes and rulers in the period between the 12th and 15th centuries. Our research questions concern the construction and presentation of pertinent knowledge and practices (incl. performance), that led to the establishment of what can be described as an “expert culture”, in which astrologers played an important role in pre-modern Europe.

Candidate Profile

We are open to post-doctoral researchers who specialize in late medieval court culture (Western Europe and beyond) and have an interest in expertise and advice-giving in this context, especially by astrologers.
Ideal candidates will possess specialized knowledge concerning available sources and archival collections for one or more late medieval courts. They are able to work with manuscript material from approximately the 12th to 15th centuries in Latin and in one or more vernacular languages. Since we seek to widen the geographical scope of our research, candidates who specialize in Southern, South-Western or Eastern Europe would be very welcome.
In addition, the ideal candidate will be familiar with (and willing to work in) international research contexts – collaborative research, conferences, archival research – and be fluent in at least two or three modern languages (English and additional languages). She/he will have skills in the use of the necessary software to organize research data and text collections, and possibly experience with the application for third-party funding. Most importantly, she/he enjoys working together in a young and motivated team.

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Mihran Dabag - History

Historical Sciences

Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies

Research Area

The Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies was founded with the aim of combining research on the causes and structures of collective, state-based persecution and violence with a pointed research on the individual, social and political consequences of collective violence. The bridge between research on genocide and research on exile, migrations, memory and trauma forms the guiding principle of our work: neither do collective forms of violence begin nor end up with the deaths caused thereby. They have a prehistory of persecution, and they also ask to investigate the post-history of survival, migration, and traumatic long-term consequences over several generations. With this guiding principle, the institute not only has an independent research perspective, but also underlines the obligation to consciously take over social responsibilities. Field of research:

  • Genocide as a State Policy
  • Knowledge, Ideology, Politics
  • Minorities: History, Rights, Social Places
  • Memory, Narratives, Intergenerational Consequences
  • Loss, Trauma, Transmission

Candidate Profile

Candidates from all fields of Humanities (e.g. History, Philosophy, Literature), Social Science, Political Science or the fields of International Law, respectively International Criminal Law, are welcome.

The PhD-projects of candidates may deal with:

  • theoretical or methodological questions of the research about  collective violence, genocide and forced migration;
  • case-studies concerning particular aspects of collective violence or  comparative studies;
  • questions concerning punishment and prevention of collective  violence and severe violation of human rights in international law;
  • questions about survival and trauma, recollection and memory.

 

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Peter A. Windel - Law

Faculty of Law

Research Area

The chair of Procedural Law and Civil Law is working on most of the particular fields of said realms of law: Contract law, law of property, possession and real estate, family law and the law of succession as the particular fields of civil law; in the area of Procedural Law the research focus is on the law of the constitution of the courts, constitutional as well as civil procedural law, law of enforcement and bankruptcy law.
Above all, we are focussed on the German legal system and its specific methods - the so called German dogmatics of law. Against this background, however, we are engaged in the International Legal Dialogue and in studies in Comparative Law.

Candidate Profile

Our perfect candidate would be graduated in one of the fields of law mentioned above. He or she would be curious about the German legal system, especially about Procedural and Civil Law. Further, the desired candidate will need to be proficient in both German and English, also it is required that he or she has a substantial legal vocabulary. Finally, he or she has pronounced social and communicative competences and enjoys partaking in the exploration of various cultures.

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Ludger Pries - Social Sciences

Organization, Migration, Participation

Research Area

The general research is located in the triangle of migration, organization and participation: how is migration - being it voluntary labor or forced/refugee migration) structured and influenced by organizations? How influence organizations the dynamics of migrants' participation in relevant aspect of society activities? Currently 3 topics are in the focus of our work.

  1. The influence of refugee related organizations on the dynamics of arriving and integrating of refugee since the so-called refugee crisis of 2015
  2. Research on the deeper and often cited but little analyzed ‘causes of refuge’, especially on the vicious circle between lack of development, organized violence and forced migration. For both topics see the list of publications and news (and corresponding papers and presentations) at our website.
  3. Irregular migration in its variety of forms and its implications for the individual in terms of participation in societies in general as well as its implications for organisational practices aiming at representing the interests of irregular migrants.

Candidate Profile

The candidate should have experience in quantitative and/or qualitative empirical research in the fields mentioned above. He/she should be able to do international comparative and/or transnational research (with related language skills of fluent English and if possible other lanuages). He/she should be interested either in the regions Middle East, Africa or Latin America.

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Roger Friedlein - Philology

Philology

Romance Languages

Research Area

Fields of interest: Romance Literatures (especially Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan, including Latin America). Literary dialogue in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, epic poetry in Renaissance and Romanticism. Im Anschluss an ein auslaufendes DFG-Projekt zur epischen Dichtung im 19. Jahrhundert wurde vor kurzem ein DAAD-Projekt zum Theoriediskurs über das Epos in der portugiesischsprachigen Welt bewilligt, das in Partnerschaft mit der UFRGS (Porto Alegre / Brasilien) durchgeführt wird.

Candidate Profile:

Skills in literary studies of Romance languages (sp./prtg.); doctoral project in this area, esp. 16/17th or 19th century.

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Stefan Plaggenborg - History

History

Eastern European History

Research Area

Chair of Eastern European History:

  • Regions: entire Eastern Europe, first and foremost Russia and Poland in comparison with Western Europe and further regions
  • Main research: Social History, History of Violence, Nation Building, modernization, imperial history
  • Periods: mainly Contemporary History.

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Corinna Mieth - Philosophy

Chair of Practical Philosophy

Research Area

We are looking for candidates having completed or nearing completion of a PhD in Korean Studies with a focus on pre-modern or early modern Korea and strong interests in intellectual and/or literary history. The candidate should preferably own very good reading abilities in Literary Chinese (hanmun) and a good grasp of the range of source materials available for pre-modern Korea, especially the Chosôn dynasty. Ideally, the candidate would have research experience concerning historical and intellectual ties and the circulation of literary materials between Korea and her neighboring countries.

Candidate Profile

I am working on Kantian Ethics, especially the differentiation between positive duties, negative duties and supererogation. Furthermore I have worked on contemporary problems like global poverty and migration and their relation to human rights, social justice and human dignity. I am also interested in business ethics and consumer ethics.

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