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Deadline: Five Postdoctoral Fellowships


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research project

Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship


The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Persian,
Sanskrit, Syriac, Turkish, and other linguistic and philological traditions from Africa,
Asia and Europe, as well as for scholars of intellectual and literary history, of comparative
linguistics, philology, religion and the history of science from outside Berlin, who wish
to carry out their research projects in the framework of the initiative Zukunftsphilologie
in Berlin. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their
doctorate within the last five years. Fellows are given the opportunity to pursue research
projects of their own choice, provided the topic falls within the research agenda of the
project. In the overall context of the project Zukunftsphilologie, they will participate in
regular working meetings of the project group as well as in lectures, conferences and
summer and winter academies, organised by the project and by the Forum Transregionale


Individual research projects should fall within one of the themes of the project
Zukunftsphilologie. Projects should have a comparative perspective, whereby the
plurality of textual practices, polyphonic textuality, and the trajectories and genealogies
of philological traditions in early modernity are examined.

For the year 2011/2012, research projects focusing on intellectual debates, polemics,
correspondences, and transregional encounters are especially welcome. A revisiting of
major philological debates will enable us to explore the significance of philology in the
cultural and political transformations beyond the modern/pre-modern divide. Moreover,
an examination of philological debates will shed light on marginal philological traditions
and undocumented intellectual positions as well as the way in which the canonical
positions were consolidated and normalised.


start October 1, 2011, and will end on July 31, 2012. Shorter fellowship terms can
be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of € 2.250 plus
supplements depending on their personal situation. Organisational support, regarding
visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants will be fellows of
the project Zukunftsphilologie at the Forum Transregionale Studien and associate
members of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies. Through this
association they will be integrated into the Department of Philosophy and Humanities
at the Freie Universität Berlin and will have access to an academic milieu of literary and
philological studies as well as to libraries and other research facilities.

Application procedure

To apply, please send the following documents in English exclusively by e-mail as
separate word or PDF files. The letter of recommendation can be sent directly by e-mail.
- curriculum vitae
- project description (no longer than five pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
- sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages, article, book chapter, conference contribution)
- letter of recommendation from one academic faculty

The application should be submitted in English and should be received by 17 January 2011, addressed to:

Institutional framework

The Forum Transregionale Studien is a new research platform of the Land of Berlin
designed to promote research that connects systematic and region-specific questions in
a perspective that addresses entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or
regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and networks
engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of the directors of
research institutes and networks mainly based in Berlin. It started its activities in 2010
by supporting three research projects in the fields of law, philology, and urban sociology.
The Forum Transregionale Studien is funded by the Senate of Berlin.

For more information please see www.forum-transregionale-studien.de


Forum Transregionale Studien
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 19
D-14193 Berlin

Към новина: 18/11/2010 Five Postdoctoral Fellowships

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