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Humanities and Social Science Hosts (2017)

Birgit Sandkaulen - Philosophy

Philosophy and Educational Science

Research Center for Classical German Philosophy

Research Area

The Bochum Research Center for Classical German Philosophy / Hegel-Archiv 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. As of 2017, the Hegel-Archiv is an integrated part of the Research Center. The library of the Research Center / Hegel-Archiv is a prime location for all kinds of Hegel-related inquiries.

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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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.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate should be interested in the history of the "Wolgadeutsche" in the Soviet Union, or/and in the history of Stalinism in Siberia, and want to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in Germany. Previous experience in archival research in the former Soviet Union is strongly desired.

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Nicola Kaminski - German Studies

Philology

Research Group “Journal Literature”/Neugermanistik

Research Area

The research unit "Journal Literature" is a DFG-funded collaborative project located at the Ruhr University of Bochum, the University of Cologne and the Philipps-Universität Marburg. Involved disciplines are German and Comparative Literature Studies, Media Studies, Bookhistory and History of Photography.

Guided by media-historical, material-philological and media and cultural studies research interests, the “Journal Literature” research group studies texts and images in combined media form in their contemporary places of (first) publication. We study, across a diverse media spectrum, periodical formats from the ‘long’ 19th century which represented alternatives to the book and had an impact on the market and the public: primarily newspapers and magazines, but also intermediate forms such as the literary almanac or serial works. Theoretically and conceptually, the research group focusses on a material philology from a media history and media and cultural studies perspective.

Candidate Profile

We welcome early career researchers with a strong interest in the field explored by the Bochum based sub-projects of the research unit "Journal Literature". The candidate should hold a PhD in a related discipline not longer than 1 year (or finish his/her doctoral degree within a reasonable time). Advanced German language skills are required.

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Maren Lorenz - History

Historical Sciences

Early Modern History and Gender History

Research Area

Our teaching and research focuses mainly on (gender-specific) questions regarding German and European cultural and social history as well as the history of ideas between 1600 and 1800. The following research areas are of major interest:

  • Mechanisms of genesis and transfer of knowledge / beliefs / sciences /
  • Body History
  • History of war and violence
  • History of everyday life (microhistory)

As we are generally keen about all the topics given above we are open to any candiates presenting a promising research project related to any item of the above list.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have an early modern research focus (1500-1800) and   interest in and knowledge of transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches to historical questions and sources, as well as a given awareness of gender as a relational category of analysis.
We are especially encouraging candidates dealing with:

  1. questions of early modern transfer of (scientific) knowledge, preferably but certainly not restricted to body related topics.
  2. questions of early modern violence in times of war and peace alike. (We are currently developing projects focussing on attempts to break circles of violence and counter violence after long times of unrest and / or war.).

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Onur Güntürkün - Cognitive Sciences

Psychology

Biopsychology

Research Area

I want to understand how mental functions are generated by groups of neurons. To be more specific, I explore the neuronal basis of cerebral asymmetries and the functions of the prefrontal cortex in a comparative context, using human subjects, pigeons and occasionally dolphins, magpies and some further animals. In my very core I am a behavioral, cognitive scientist who uses cutting-edge neurobiological tools like single cell recording, neuroanatomical techniques, high magnetic field imaging etc.
My group is truly international and interdisciplinary with psychologists, biologists, biochemists and engineers from all over the world working side-by-side.
If you are enthusiastic about discovering the neuronal basis of cognition, just browse through our websites, explain why and how you could fit and ask for an invitation.

Candidate Profile

We are a mixed team owning varying methods in humans and animal cognition. Therefore we can invite who may fit in our team, focussing on the evolution of cognition and memory. Please meet the members of my lab.

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Alexandra Cuffel - History

CERES - Center for Religious Studies

Jewish Religion

Research Area:

CERES hosts projects relating to the sociology and history of religion, in particular relating to the interactions between different religious communities. Candidates would be applying to work with an inter-disciplinary research group connected with CERES examining the religious, cultural and scientific meanings attributed to animals and animal-human hybrids in pre-modern E. Asia, Europe and the Near East.  The group explores the ways in which animals and hybrids became "tools to think with" regarding religious, social and gendered boundaries, either through the symbolic characteristics and values assigned to them, or through their practical use. Additionally, animals and hybrids, i.e. wild men/women, mermaids, and humans or gods who metamophose into animals and visa versa, frequently became  subjects of scientific theorizing, and as such points of intersection between science, religion, literature and art. One area of the project focuses on the religious and cultural meanings of animals and hybrids in the Islamic world and the influences on or by such beliefs in Christian and Jewish cultural realms.

Candidate Profile

The candidate should have a good background in Islam and Islamic literature  from the rise of Islam to the early Ottoman Empire.  The candidate should be able to read Arabic sources, and have a project which analyzes some aspect of the religious meanings assigned to hybrids and/or animals in the Islamic world.  The ideal candidate will be one who is able to address the ways and degree to which symbolic and religious treatment of hybrids and/or animals is connected to these ideas in Judaism and/or Christianity during the Middle Ages.

Candidates should note that an application for this hybrids project is due to be submitted to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft this year; currently we are attempting to assess the pool of potential post-docs and doctoral students who might be willing and qualified to apply for more long-term funding if the application is successful.

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Armin Schäfer - German Studies

Philology

"Neugermanistik, insbesondere Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts bis zur Gegenwart"

Research Area

My current research is focused on the relationships between German literature, media and science, particularly in the age of Goethe and in the 20th century. Further research topics include: lyric poetry; poetics of knowledge; history of psychiatry; practices of reading; intermediality.

Candidate Profile

Candidates should be interested in the relationships between German literature, media and science. She or he should also be interested in new German media theory, narratology, and discourse analysis.

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Stefan Berger - Social Movement

Institut fuer soziale Bewegungen

Research Area

The institute is one of the formemost institutes internationally on the history of social movements understood as comprising labour movements (of all ideological persuasions), new social movements, such as the women's movement or the peace movement, and involving both movements on the left and on the right (such as nationalist or fascist movements). We focus on the modern period, from about 1750 to the present day. Thematically we cover a wide range of themes, from the memory of social movements, to the impact of structural change on social movements, industrial heritage and social movements, cultural trauma and social movements and the history of knowledge production through social movements, to give just a few examples. The institute comprises about 50 members of staff, many of whom are employed on funded research projects, and about 30 PhD students. Teaching at the Institute is done largely through the Faculties of History and Social Science.

Candidate Profile

As we have a strong research collaboration with the University of Melbourne, we would particularly welcome applications from that university in the field of modern history. The candidate should have worked on labour movement or social movement history and have plans to develop their research further in that direction. Having said this, all other applications with scholars working in the area of social movement and labour movement history are also welcome.

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Marion Eggert - East Asian Studies

Korean Studies

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

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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Gerhard Lubich - History

Historical Sciences

Early and High Middle Ages

Research Area

Research area stretches from more or less classical fields of political and cultural history to new methods, especially digital humanities. In connection with a research project (long term) founded by the "Akademie der Wissenschaften" (Mainz) we try to uncover the different powers, theier actions and networks active at around 1100 and their effects on the formation of Europe. This means research in prosopographical contexts as well as in the underlying mentalities ("the things that make people tick"), norms and structures to understand the entangled transformation process of the european landscape in the central middle ages.

Candidate Profile

Should have already actively worked in the field of european and /or german history with an expertise at least in one of the areas cited above and be willing to share his findings for a comparative approach. Interest in digital humanities, european entanglements and social skills are a plus.

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Mihran Dabag - History

Historical Sciences

Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies

Research Area

The Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies does research on the historical processes as well as the social and political structures of collective violence and its cross-generational impact. With this assignment of tasks the institute answers to a gap of research like the unattended consideration of a basic social framework of genocide or the lack of an analysis of persecution and destructive patterns, which legitimized persecution, exclusion and violence of a whole society as well as mobilizing a society of perpetrators. Further important activities are the discussion of possibilities of early warning and prevention of future human rights abuses as well as modes of teaching and learning about violence and genocide.
Fields of research:

  • Interdisciplinary violence research (research about cause, form of appearance and progress as well as consequences of collective violence)
  • genocide-research (historical and interdisciplinary research)
  • trauma-research (research about long-term consequences and inter-generational transfer of violence-experience)
  • diaspora-research (research about exile, migration and transnational communities)

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 can deal with theoretic-methodical questions about collective violence, genocide and forced migration; with case-studies to 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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Markus Koller - History

Historical Sciences

History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey

Research Area

The integration into transregional and global contexts is an essential characteristic of Ottoman and Turkish history. Hence, the diverse entanglements and transfer processes between the Ottoman Empire on the one and the Christian and Muslim political world on the other side represent one of the main focuses of this professorship. In addition to that, the various living environments of people are examined in detail, so that especially aspects of the economic and cultural history, as well as the history of mentalities are incorporated into the research and teaching.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate works on the history of the Russian-Turkish-Serbian relationship and has an archival research experience.

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Sebastian Susteck - German Studies

Philology

"Neugermanistik, insbesondere Didaktik der Literatur"

Research Area

Themen insbesondere:

  • Didaktik des Lese- und Literaturunterrichts
  • Neuere deutsche Literatur, bes. der Aufklärung, des 19. Jahrhunderts und der Frühzeit der Bundesrepublik
  • Migrationsliteratur; Deutschunterricht und Migration

Candidate Profile

KandidatInnen interessieren sich für deutsche Literatur und ihre Vermittlung und verfügen über sehr gute rezeptive sowie gute produktive Kenntnisse der deutschen Sprache.
Intellektuelle Offenheit und Neugierde werden vorausgesetzt.

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Roger Friedlein - Philology

Philology

Romance Languages

Research Area

  • Hispanic literatures and cultures, including the Iberian Peninsula (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese literature) and Latin America (Hispanoamerica and Brasil).
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature, especially literary dialogue and epic poetry.
  • Nineteenth-century literatures, especially epic poetry (DFG-Projekt Epos in der Iberoromania).
  • Spain and its relation to the islamic world from medieval to modern times (Ramon Llull; Travel narratives; Orientalism)

Candidate Profile:

Possible working languages are German, Spanish, Portuguese or Catalan.
Interest and academic formation in literary or cultural studies.

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