3 Postdoctoral Fellowships for the Project Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, Germany

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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. During the fellowship in Berlin they will be integrated into a university or extra-university research institute. 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, organized by the project and by the Forum Transregionale Studien.

Projects
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 2010/2011, 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 normalized.

Fellowships Fellowships may start anytime in the period between October 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011 and will end on July 31, 2011. Shorter fellowship terms can be considered.

Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of € 2.025 plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organizational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful applicants will be fellows of the project Zukunftsphilologie at the Forum

Application procedure

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

The application should be submitted in English and should be received by  August 9, 2010, addressed to office@trafo-berlin.de

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.

Contact
Forum Transregionale Studien
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 19
14193 Berlin
Germany
office@trafo-berlin.de

Application Deadline : 9 August 2010

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