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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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