FW: Call for Applications: 10 Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2008-2009
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Tue Nov 6 20:11:05 EST 2007
> Dear colleague,
> Please find below as well as attached in a PDF
> format an announcement for 10 Postdoctoral
> Fellowships for the research program
> EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST -
> THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE
> for the academic year 2008/2009 in Berlin.
> I kindly ask you to spread the information about
> the fellowships among scholars interested in the
> methodological perspective of dealing with regions
> or cultures, not as closed entities or polarities,
> but by looking at processes of transfer, exchange,
> and interaction in the sense of entangled or shared
> histories and cultures.
> We would be grateful if you could post the announcement
> at your institution and circulate it, also per email,
> among colleagues and scholars who you think would
> be qualified and interested in applying for the
> Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in
> Europe is a research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg
> Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
> and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin which builds
> upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity
> and Islam. For more information on the new program
> please visit our website:
> With my best regards
> Georges Khalil
> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
> 10 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
> FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2008/2009
> The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz
> Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu
> Berlin invite scholars to apply for ten post-doctoral
> fellowships for the research program
> EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE
> This research program seeks to rethink key concepts and
> premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East.
> The project draws on the international expertise of scholars
> in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university
> and extra-university research institutions in Berlin.
> 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe'
> supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement
> with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories,
> the social history of cities and the study of Middle
> Eastern political and philosophical thought (Christian,
> Jewish, Muslim, and secular) as central fields of
> research not only for area or cultural studies, but also
> for European intellectual history and other academic
> disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical
> space and conceptual frame. The program puts forward
> three programmatic ideas:
> 1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and
> complex historical legacies and entanglements between
> Europe and the Middle East; 2) reexamining genealogical
> notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and 'purity'
> in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking
> key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary
> cultural, social, and political entanglements that
> supersede identity discourses as well as national,
> cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were
> established in the nineteenth century.
> The program 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East
> in Europe' is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
> It supports and builds upon the following interconnected
> research fields:
> CITIES COMPARED: COSMOPOLITANISM IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
> AND ADJACENT REGIONS
> This research group is directed by Ulrike Freitag and
> Nora Lafi, both of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies,
> Berlin. It contributes to the debate on cosmopolitanism
> and civil society from the historical experience of
> conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious
> differences in the cities around the Mediterranean;
> ISLAMIC DISCOURSE CONTESTED: MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN
> This research group is directed by Gudrun Kraemer,
> Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin.
> It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought and discourses
> in the framework of theories of multiple or reflexive
> PERSPECTIVES ON THE QUR'AN: NEGOTIATING DIFFERENT VIEWS
> OF A SHARED HISTORY
> This research group is directed by Angelika Neuwirth,
> Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin,
> and Stefan Wild, Universitaet Bonn. It situates the
> foundational text of Islam within the religious landscape
> of late antiquity and combines a historicization of its
> genesis with an analysis of its reception and perception
> in Europe and the Middle East;
> TRAVELLING TRADITIONS: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON NEAR
> EASTERN LITERATURES
> This research group is directed by Friederike Pannewick,
> Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien, Philipps-Universitaet
> Marburg, and Samah Selim, IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence. It
> reassesses literary entanglements and processes of canonization
> between Europe and the Middle East.
> 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
> of Jews, Arabs, and Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe.
> PREREQUISITES AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE
> The fellowships are intended above all for scholars of history,
> literature, philology, political philosophy, religion and
> sociology from the Middle East who want to carry out their
> research projects in connection with the Berlin program.
> Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects
> of their choice within the framework of one of the above-
> mentioned research fields and in relation to the program
> 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'.
> In Berlin, they will be integrated into a university or non-
> university research institute. The working language of the
> research program is English.
> Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 1.800 EUR (supplement
> for accompanying spouses: 250 EUR) and are obliged to work in
> Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions
> related to their research field.
> As a rule, the fellowships begin on 1 October 2008 and end
> on 31 July 2009. The applicant's doctorate should have been
> completed no earlier than 2000.
> An application should be made in explicit relation to one of
> the research fields and consist of
> - a curriculum vitae,
> - a 2 to 4 page project sketch,
> - a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article,
> conference paper, or dissertation chapter),
> - and a letter of recommendation by one university instructor.
> The application should be submitted in paper form, by fax or
> by E-mail in English and should be received by 31 January 2008,
> sent in to:
> Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe
> c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
> Attn: Georges Khalil
> Wallotstrasse 19, 14193 Berlin
> Fax +49 30 - 89 00 12 00
> E-mail: khalil at wiko-berlin.de.
> For further information on the program 'Europe in the Middle
> East - the Middle East in Europe' and for detailed information
> on the research fields, please see:
> For information on the research institutions in Berlin
> participating in the program, please visit:
> Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences:
> Center for Literary Research:
> Centre for Modern Oriental Studies:
> Institute for Islamic Studies:
> Seminar for Arabic Studies:
> Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin:
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