10 bourses de post-doctorat, 2014-2015, Berlin. (Date limite: 15 janv. 2014)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
10 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2014/15 in Berlin
(Location: Berlin / Closing Date: 15 January 2014)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up
to ten postdoctoral fellowships for the research program

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME)

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and
the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars
in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university
research institutions in Berlin. It 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 emphasis on 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.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

CITIES COMPARED: URBAN CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ADJACENT REGIONS This
research group 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
socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the
Mediterranean;

ISLAMIC DISCOURSE CONTESTED: MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES is
directed by Gudrun Kraemer, Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universitaet
Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of
discourses on modernity, secularity, and justice;

PERSPECTIVES ON THE QUR'AN: NEGOTIATING DIFFERENT VIEWS OF A SHARED HISTORY is
directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universitaet
Berlin, and Stefan Wild, Universitaet Bonn. 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, Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien,
Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This
research group 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.

A new field of research that attempts to bridge the gap between political
science approaches and cultural studies will be developed during the coming
year. It will be directed by Cilja Harders, Otto-Suhr-Institut fuer
Politikwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Rachid Ouaissa, Political
Science Departement, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien,
Philipps-Universit?t Marburg.

FELLOWSHIPS

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
framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the
overall program '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 2014 and will end on 31 July
2015. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus
supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational 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. The working language of EUME is English.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research
fields and consist of
-  a curriculum vitae,
- a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will
work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
-  a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference
paper, or dissertation chapter)
-  a letter of recommendation by one university instructor (that can be sent by
as a separate e-mail).
The application should be submitted by e-mail as four separate word documents
or PDF files in English and should be received by 15 January 2014, sent in to:

eume@trafo-berlin.de

Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe (EUME) c/o Forum
Transregionale Studien
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 - 89 00 1440

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe' (EUME) has been
initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy
of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working
Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the
Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of
the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Cilja Harders
(Otto-Suhr-Institut fuer Politikwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin),
Gudrun Kraemer (Institut fuer Islamwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin),
Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Angelika Neuwirth (Seminar fuer Semitistik
und Arabistik, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Friederike Pannewick (Centrum fuer
Nah- und Mitteloststudien/Arabistik, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg), Amnon
Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Rachid Ouaissa (Political
Science Departement, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien,
Philipps-Universit?t Marburg), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), Stefan Weber
(Museum fuer Islamische Kunst, Berlin), and Stefan Wild (Islamwissenschaft,
Universitaet Bonn).

The Forum Transregionale Studien is a Berlin-based research platform 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
that are engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of
the directors of universities, research institutes and networks mainly based in
Berlin. It supports four research programs: ARTHISTORIES AND AESTHETIC
PRACTICES, RECHTSKULTUREN: Confrontations beyond Comparison,
ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, and EUROPE IN
THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME). The Forum Transregionale
Studien cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung and is funded through a
public-private partnership.

For more information on the ForumTransregionale Studien please see
www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For further information on 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in
Europe' and for detailed information on the research fields, please see
www.eume-berlin.de

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME,
please visit:

- Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin
www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de

- Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, FU Berlin
www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/vorderer-orient

- Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
www.koran.bbaw.de

- Zentrum Moderner Orient
www.zmo.de

- Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin
www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de/en/

- Institute for Islamic Studies, FU Berlin
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/islamwiss

- Museum for Islamic Art
www.smb.museum/isl

- Seminar for Arabic Studies, FU Berlin
www.geschkult.fu-

Please find the call for applications below this message or as a PDF document
via the following link:

http://www.eume-berlin.de/en/call-for-application-ausschreibung.html

Georges Khalil

Bitte beachten Sie die neue Adresse und Telefonnummer!
Please note the new address and telephone number!

Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstra?e 14, 14193 Berlin
T +49 (0)30 89 001-420
F +49 (0)30 89 001-440
georges.khalil@trafo-berlin.de

www.forum-transregionale-studien.de
www.wiko-berlin.de

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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