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"Invisible Frontiers in Post-Ottoman Cities: Edirne-Niṣ"

CAS 14/09/2010

This post-doctoral position, while based at ZMO, will be also member of the research programme ‘Phantomgrenzen in Ostmitteleuropa’, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It seeks to rethink key concepts of invisible frontiers in Europe. 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 (ZMO, CMB, HU) and Halle (MPI, MLU).

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:

1) supporting research that demonstrates the possibility to work in comparative persperctives in urban history

2) reexamining the notion of invisible urban frontiers

3) rethinking key concepts of post-Ottoman cities.


The fellowship is intended above all for Ottomanists working on Balkan urban history and interested in a comparison between the post-Ottoman history of the cities of Niş and Edirne. They should have a sound research and linguistic background relevant for either of these two cities, and be prepared to engage with the scholarship on the other for comparative purposes.

Applications outlining these qualifications should also contain a curriculum vitae, a 2 to 4 pages 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. They will bereviewed from October 5, 2010, until the position is filled. The application should be submitted in paper, by fax or by E-mail in German, English or French to Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin

Attn: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag and Dr. Nora Lafi
Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Fax +49 (0) 30 - 80 307-210
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