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  WHAT

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program.

Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the overall framework of Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below. As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2018 and will end on 31 July 2019. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation.

Organizational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with their own funding. The working language of EUME is English.

TOPICS

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

  • Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions
    is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and social, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences and conflict in the cities around the Mediterranean.
  • Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives
    is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on authenticity, modernity, secularity, and justice.
  • Perspectives on the Qur’an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History
    is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East.
  • Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures
    is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements, translations and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.
  • Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives
    is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East.

APPLICATION

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
— the attached application cover sheet
— a curriculum vitae,
— a project description (no longer than five pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship

The application should be submitted by e-mail as three separate WORD documents or PDF files in English and should be received by May 15, 2018, sent to : eume@trafo-berlin.de


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