Postdoctoral researcher (m/w/d, TVL-E14, 100%, 4 years).

For the DFG-funded Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences ‘Alternative Rationalities and Esoteric Practices from a Global Perspective’ at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology invistes applications for a

Postdoctoral researcher (m/w/d, TVL-E14, 100%, 4 years).

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Project description

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has approved the foundation of a Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Kollegforschungsgruppe) on the topic ‘Alternative Rationalities and Esoteric Practices from a Global Perspective’ at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), which is planned to be established in March 2022.

The main goal of the Centre is to compare the interpretation, rationalisation and legimitisation strategies of esoteric practices from a global perspective, and to carve out why they are successful in different cultural and regional contexts.

A mid-term goal is the development of a cultural theory of esoteric practices, which seeks to explain their resilience, their typological similarities across a large number of cases, and their different, culture-bound evaluations.

The research group adopts a heuristic working definition of ‘esoteric practices’, which includes a variety of aspects such as contingency management, specialisation, opaque efficacy as well as social dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.


DFG-funded Centres for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences are interdisciplinary research groups with an excellent international reputation.

They have a funding period of four years, with the possibility of prolongation for a second funding period, and combine an international fellowship programme with local high-profile research, whereby a large number of leading experts have the possibility to convene and explore an innovative research topic over a long period of time.


Position details

• The position is dedicated to individual research in line with the topic and research agenda of the Centre.

• The position further focuses on the scientific coordination of the research group, in cooperation with the directors and further coordinators.

• Excellent communication, team and organisational skills are required, as well as empathy, flexibility and resilience.

• The working language of the Centre is English, therefore excellent spoken and written English is required.

• Good knowledge of German and further languages is desirable.

• Furthermore, regular presence at the Centre is required.

Notwendige Qualifikation

• Applicants should have a degree and a PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology, African Studies, Religious Studies, Theology, Sociology of Religion, or in a related interdisciplinary field

• Fieldwork experience* with a focus on *esoteric practices in African contexts (e.g. witchcraft, possession, Voodoo/Houdon, spiritism, divination, oracles)

• Relevant publications with a focus on African religions and recent (folk-) religious developments in African contexts.

Bemerkungen

We offer

• Participation in an interdisciplinary, innovative und prestigious DFG-funded joint research project

• Access to extensive international networks of high-profile researchers in the social sciences and humanities

• An open-minded, cooperative team

• Flexible working hours and family-friendly working time schemes

• Access to advanced education and training

• Corporate pension schemes (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Laender: VBL)

Bewerbung

Applications should include:

• a cover letter describing the applicant’s career path and interests;

• CV including list of publications;

• a short outline of planned research projects and how they relate to the research topic and agenda of the Centre (max. 500 words);

• the names and contact details of two potential referees.


Applications must be sent to

Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner (director):
michael.lackner@fau.de

Bewerbungsschluss
31.01.2022
Bewerbung
Applications should include:
• a cover letter describing the applicant’s career path and interests; • CV including list of publications;
• a short outline of planned research projects and how they relate to the research topic and agenda of the Centre (max. 500 words);
• the names and contact details of two potential referees.
Applications must be sent to
Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner (director): *michael.lackner@fau.de*

Detailinformationen

Stellenbezeichnung
Postdoctoral researcher (m/w/d, TVL-E14, 100%, 4 years).
Besetzung zum
01.04.2022

Entgelt
E14 (je nach Qualifikation und persönlichen Voraussetzungen)
Teilzeit / Vollzeit
Vollzeit
Befristung
4 years
Reason for limitation
befristetes Forschungsvorhaben

Kontaktperson für weitere Informationen
PD Dr. Bernd-Christian Otto
E-Mail: bernd.otto@uni-erfurt.de
Unmittelbar der Philosophischen Fakultät und dem Fachbereich Theologie (Phil) zugeordnet
Übersicht

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