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KWI International Fellowships

Fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1st of April 2023 until 30th of September 2023.

Fellowship:

The KWI fellowship program addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support in all administrative and communicative regards.

We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD plus up to six years of post-doctoral experience. The fellowships can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI International Fellowship Program addresses international researchers. Researchers of German nationality are eligible to apply if currently employed at an international institute.

Fellows will receive a fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4.000 € (pre-tax) meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. Travel expenses for arrival at KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed.

Expectations:

  • The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to the programmatic agenda of KWI. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, to finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • We expect the fellows to be present at least 4 days a week. Fellows will be expected to participate in entry and exit interviews.
  • Fellows requested to actively take part in the ColloKWIum, lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at KWI. Moreover, we expect the fellow to contribute to the KWI Blog. We also encourage fellows to organize a workshop during their fellowship.
  • Fellows are invited to actively take part in academic events at KWI and will have the opportunity to design outstanding discussion formats with prominent researchers.
  • Fellows are not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire our teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention KWI.
  • Knowledge of German is not required since the Fellowship Programme relies on a strong command of English.
  • We expect successful applicants to begin their fellowship on the announced starting date (1st of April). Apart from changes resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot accommodate any postponements.

Application:

We kindly ask you to apply in the form of one single PDF-file (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted electronically to international.fellowship@uni-due.de. [Due to IT safety regulations, we cannot accept applications via links to external platforms.]

  • The application must be formulated in English and must contain a CV, a list of publications and a proposal sketching your KWI project (up to max. 5.000 characters).
  • The application deadline is 31 August 2022, 24:00 (midnight, CET). We will not consider applications that are incomplete or submitted after this date.
  • The fellows will be selected by a committee assembling members of the KWI governing board and the institute’s director.
  • Further information about the application process can be found in the FAQs

Please find the full call here.


Thyssen@KWI Fellowship
Fellowship for the duration of 6 months from 1st of April 2023 until 30th of September 2023.

The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. It is most generously funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality if they provide excellent international contacts and work experience. We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD and several years of post-doctoral research expertise. The fellowship can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) in Essen provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support, and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support in all administrative and communicative regards.

Thyssen@Fellows will receive fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4,000 € (pre-tax) meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. We cannot provide additional allowances to cover school fees or related expenses. Travel expenses for arrival at KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed.

Expectations:

  • Candidates will have a completed PhD plus several years of postdoctoral experience. We expect applicants to work on a project that differs from their PhD research.
  • International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality if they provide excellent international contacts and work experience.
  • Candidates will have a strong scientific track record (including publications in respected international journals or other comparable publications; participation in and organization of international conferences). We welcome applications from candidates with a proven record of third-party funding and/or with experience in science communication and/or public humanities.
  • The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to one or more of KWI’s focus areas and consistent with its interdisciplinary agenda. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • We expect the Thyssen@KWI Fellow to be present at the institute at least 4 days a week. The fellow will be expected to participate in entry and exit interviews.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is requested to actively take part in the ColloKWIum, lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at KWI. Moreover, we expect the fellow to contribute to the KWI Blog. We also encourage fellows to organize a workshop during their fellowship.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is invited to actively take part in academic events at KWI and will have the opportunity to design outstanding discussion formats with prominent researchers.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire our teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention KWI and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
  • Knowledge of German is not required since the Fellowship Programme relies on a strong command of English.
  • We expect successful applicants to begin their fellowship on the announced starting date (1st of April). Apart from changes resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot accommodate any postponements.

Application:

We kindly ask you to apply in the form of one single PDF file (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted electronically to international.fellowship@uni-due.de with the subject line: “Thyssen@KWI-Fellowship”. [Due to IT safety regulations, we cannot accept applications via links to external platforms.]

  • The application must be written in English and must contain a CV, list of publications and proposal sketching your KWI project (up to max. 5,000 characters for the proposal).
  • The application deadline is 31 August 2022, 24:00 (midnight, CET). We will not consider applications that are incomplete or submitted after this date.
  • Fellows will be selected by a committee consisting of external reviewers, the institute’s director and the Fritz Thyssen foundation.
  • Further information about the application process can be found in the FAQs

For further questions, please contact international.fellowship@uni-due.de.

Find the full call here.


KWI Schreibwochenende für Promovierende

Donnerstag, 30.09.2022 bis Sonntag, 02.10.2022

Intensive Arbeit am Text von Qualifikationsschriften ist in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften unverzichtbar. Insbesondere unter den Bedingungen der Pandemie und ihren vielen sozialen Belastungen wird auch für Promovierende diese Form der Arbeit erschwert. Gerade Doktorand*innen, die nicht in strukturierten Programmen promovieren, vermissen Austausch und sind verstärkt von den Folgen von Vereinzelung und Selbstisolation betroffen. Um diesen Herausforderungen zu begegnen und junge Forscher*innen in ihrer Arbeit zu unterstützen, veranstaltet das KWI ein Schreibwochenende mit einem möglichst maßgeschneiderten Angebot für Promovierende in den Geistes-, Kultur- und qualitativen Sozialwissenschaften.

Das Angebot richtet sich an Promovierende, die an einer der drei UA Ruhr-Universitäten als Doktorand*in eingeschrieben oder Angehörige der UA Ruhr sind. Die Teilnehmenden sollten sich aktuell in der Phase der Verschriftlichung befinden (Rohfassung mindestens eines Kapitels bereits geschrieben), da wir in einer Tandemphase mit konkreten Textbeispielen aus den Dissertationen/Artikeln arbeiten werden.

Die KWI-Schreibwerkstatt versteht sich als fachlich spezifizierte Ergänzung zu bestehenden Formaten des Career Center der UDE und der Research Academy Ruhr. Sie stellt kein Motivationstraining oder eine Coaching-Leistung dar, sondern dient vielmehr dazu, Mikroprobleme des Schreibens auf einer handwerklich greifbaren Ebene in fachspezifisch konkretisierter Weise zu behandeln. Weitere Ziele des Schreibwochenendes sind Kritikbereitschaft und Kritikfähigkeit der Teilnehmenden am konkreten fachlichen Gegenstand zu schulen und die Promovierenden der UA Ruhr zu vernetzen. Aus diesem Grund, und um die Routinen des Home-Office zu durchbrechen, findet das gesamte Programm nach Möglichkeit in Präsenz in den Räumen des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts statt (Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen) statt.

TEILNAHMEVORAUSSETZUNGEN UND ANMELDUNG:
• Aktive Phase der Verschriftlichung
• eine kurze Selbst-und Projektbeschreibung
• 3-8 Seiten eigener Text aus einem Artikel oder der Dissertation, die Texte sollte sich in einer fortgeschrittenen Bearbeitungsphase befinden, aber noch nicht komplett abgeschlossen sein, sodass die Kritik aus der Tandemsession sinnvoll genutzt werden kann.
• Es wird die Bereitschaft vorausgesetzt, den Text einer Teilnehmer*in im Umfang von 3-8 Seiten für die Tandemarbeit konstruktiv vorzubereiten.

Wir bitten um eine verbindliche Anmeldung bis zum 09.09.2022 via E-Mail an Henrike Lambrecht, henrike.lambrecht@kwi-nrw.de und an Julia Quast julia.quast@kwi-nrw.de. Bitte fügen Sie ihrer Anmeldung unbedingt eine kurze Selbst- und Projektbeschreibung hinzu, sowie 3-8 Seiten Textauszug für die Tandemsitzung. Für das Programm stehen maximal zwölf Plätze zur Verfügung, die Platzvergabe richtet sich nach den Anmeldungen. Sollten die Plätze nicht vollständig durch Angehörige der UA Ruhr belegt sein, besteht auch die Teilnahmemöglichkeit für externe Doktorand*innen. Eine Zu-oder Absage erfolgt bis zum 13.09.2022.

Ablauf und Programm


Call for Papers and Panels: Out of Control? — How Concepts and Practices Circulate across Boundaries

4th Annual Conference Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) in cooperation with Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen and Main Research Area Transformation of Contemporary Societies

Thursday, 27 October – Friday, 28 October 2022 Gerhard Mercator Haus, Duisburg

Concepts and practices are essential for how we think about the world and how we act in it. They provide orientation, guide expectations, and provide the grounds for communication and social coordination. In an increasingly complex world, cross-border transfer, dissemination, and circulation of concepts and practices are essential for global cooperation and science communication alike. Yet, concepts do not mean the same thing to everyone. Ways of doing things are not necessarily shared across the boundaries of societal sectors, nation states, or regional entities. However, despite the intricacies involved, researchers and practitioners often assume that direct policy transfer across world regions or sectors is attainable, or that projected knowledge transfer from the academic to the political or the public sphere is possible. But what happens if the circulation of concepts and practices flies ‘out of control’ – when through appropriation and translation they develop a life of their own, or circulation meets obstacles that disrupt it altogether?

These processes can also be related to the study of conceptions of world order and global politics. Examples include attempts by Western, Chinese, and Russian actors to diffuse and legitimize their own world order conceptions. More recently, in the Ukraine war, a bounded conception of imperial world order confronts Western conceptions of liberal international order, while at the same time appropriating (and mis-using?) some of its elements. In the field of science communication studies, increasing attention is directed towards understanding how and why attempts of making academic knowledge accessible to wider publics meet rejection and refusal, while scientific practices are (mis)appropriated to produce pseudo-knowledge. The translation of complex academic concepts and practices into popular notions might also generate dissonance that estranges scientists from the aims of transfer and dissemination.

The 4th Annual Conference of the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), organized in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, KWI) Essen and the Main Research Area Transformation of Contemporary Societies, seeks to address these issues by bringing researchers from the fields of global cooperation and science communication studies into a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue. Possible themes for presentations, panels and round tables include, but are not limited to:

Multidirectional travel of concepts and practices: Across disciplines, the pluralistic and decentralized character of circulation of concepts and practices is increasingly recognized. Yet, what are the implications for our theoretization of intentionality and agency in these processes, and what does this mean in practice for the circulation of global policy and science communication concepts across regional, national and sectoral boundaries?

New challenges for translators: The complexity of contemporary economic, environmental, humanitarian, and military crisis raises the stakes for linguistic and sense-making translation of concepts and practices. Claims to universal validity often turn out to be problematic in rather different local and sectoral contexts. What productive and unproductive conflicts arise? To what extent and by whom are they articulated? What characterizes successful mediators and translators, what are the dilemmas they face, and (how) can they be resolved?

Consonant and dissonant circulation: If a meaningful circulation of concepts and practices requires resonance between disseminators and addressees, there is a need to better understand the factors and processes that facilitate or hinder this. How are travelling concepts translated, re-interpreted, and appropriated across boundaries? What happens when there is dissonance rather than consonance, or when concepts or practices are rejected, opposed or considered as not acceptable?

Conflicting circulation: What happens when circulating concepts and/or practices come into conflict with each other? How do such conflicts in global policy diffusion and science communication unfold and have they been resolved by – to give just a few options – surrender, mediation, hybridization, or indifference?

Boomerang circulation: Do re-interpreted concepts and practices return to their places of origin, like boomerangs, but with changed meanings, and, if so, with what effects? What happens when re- interpreted concepts return to their sphere of origin in hardly recognizable forms? How do the involved actors reflect on these ‘Frankenstein effects’, and what are the impacts for the belief in concepts, practices, and science in larger publics?

This conference welcomes contributions from different disciplines across the humanities and social sciences and law, as well as diverse theoretical, historical and area studies perspectives. Contributions may take different forms, including research papers, short thought pieces, memos on specific methodological aspects, as well as suggestions for round tables or panels.

The Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary and international learning community that seeks to enhance understanding of the possibilities and limits of global cooperation and explore new options for global public policy. The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen is an interdisciplinary inter-university institution connecting the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technological University Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen with a strong focus on Cultural Science and Science Communication Studies, as well as Cultural and Literary Sociology. The Main Research Area Transformation of Contemporary Societies is one of the five interdisciplinary interfaculty focal points of UDE research activity.

To propose a conference contribution, please submit a title and a short abstract of maximum 250 words in English via the online submission form that can be found here: https://www.gcr21.org/the-centre/news/year/current/4th-annual-conference-call-for-papers-and-panels. Deadline for submissions is 31st August 2022. If you have questions, please contact Sigrid Quack (Sigrid.Quack@uni-due.de).

Find the full call here.