Jobs & Calls

Here you can find offers for jobs, reasearch fellowships and awards as well as calls for papers.


Fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1st of April 2022 until 30th of September 2022.


The INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY IN THE HUMANITIES (KWI) in Essen is an interdisciplinary research institute for the humanities and social sciences in the tradition of institutes for advanced study. Located in the Ruhr Area, the KWI offers a space for independent and innovative research in the humanities and various opportunities to engage and include the public. Currently, research at the KWI focusses on the following areas: literary and cultural sociology, cultural science studies, science communication and public humanities. Further projects are concerned with cultures of communication and political participation. It is one of the main goals of the KWI to find new ways of linking research questions, concepts, methods and theories of philology, cultural studies and the social sciences. We are dedicated to pursuing our interdisciplinary agenda through international collaboration. An important contribution to our scholarly and political work comes from the Academy in Exile, offering research space to colleagues whose academic freedom is threatened.


The KWI Fellowship Programme 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 Programme 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 the KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed.


  • The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to the programmatic agenda of the 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 are requested to actively take part in lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at the KWI.
  • We expect our international fellows to contribute to our KWI Blog.
  • Fellows are not expected to teach, but always welcome to participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention the KWI.
  • German is not required


  • We kindly ask you to apply in the form of ONE SINGLE PDF-FILE (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted ELECTRONICALLY to with the SUBJECT LINE “KWI International Fellowships”Please note that, 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 July 31st, 2021, 24:00 h (CET). Incomplete or late submitted applications cannot be considered.
  • 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




Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) invites original research papers for its thematic issue on “GENDER (STUDIES) IN EXILE”.

Guest Editors: Judit Takács (KWI Essen; Centre for Social Sciences); Achim Rohde (Academy in Exile, Freie Universität Berlin)

This thematic issue aims to bring together scholars with an interest in conducting gender studies research in challenging, or in some cases hostile, circumstances, especially in countries where gender studies as an academic discipline is being delegitimized by state authorities. We welcome papers that explore theoretically and/or empirically the strategies, narratives, and underlying motivations that fuel such campaigns against gender studies as well as their academic and social impact. We are equally interested in contributions that focus on responses and counter strategies developed by gender studies scholars and scholars in exile in general. We encourage the application of a broad understanding of exile, including external exile and various forms of inner exile such as a condition of voicelessness, and non-territorial exile at home.

We would like to propose an OPEN LIST of research questions to be approached from an exiled point of view:

  • How did the concept of gender become politically targeted by “anti-gender” campaigns in parts of Europe and globally?
  • To what degree does the current wave of anti-gender politics trigger a conceptual re-thinking of gender studies, e.g. with regard to a focus on cultural practices vis à vis one on regimes and material inequalities?
  • Can the analyses of different gender regimes be an eye-opener, and lead to questions about social change to decrease gender inequalities and a better understanding of social diversity in general, as it was claimed in the early 2000s?
  • Or should we approach gender as an apparatus of biopower, epitomizing a new mode of knowledge through which the sexual order can be newly deciphered and governed and as an “invisible hand” governing the sexual division of labour, population, and economy in the context of the neoliberal biopolitics of the EU’s gender equality policy?
  • How are gender studies being challenged and transformed by feminist and queer perspectives from the global south?
  • How can (exiled) gender studies be conceptually linked to inquiries into infringements of academic freedom & authoritarian policies of de-democratization?
  • To what degree can exilic perspectives contribute to methodological and conceptual innovation within gender studies?
  • What are gendered dimensions of exilic existence, and how does exile impact on gendered identities and life practices among individuals and groups?
  • How does inner exile impact research and life experiences of gender and sexuality scholars in hostile academic systems and political surroundings?

We encourage submissions from inter- and transdisciplinary fields related to gender studies and social sciences in general, and particularly from scholars who feel that the value of their scholarship is questioned, their academic freedom is threatened and/or those who are in forced or self-imposed absence from their home because of their academic involvement. Papers should combine novel empirical material with sound theory.

We invite scholars to submit an abstract of 600-800 words including a short bio (100 words) and the description of the main question(s) and finding(s) of the paper along with the methodology applied, by 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 to both editors (e-mail: Authors will receive feedback from the editorial team by 30 September 2021. The deadline for submitting final papers is 28 FEBRUARY 2022. The issue is scheduled for publication in the second half of 2022.

You can find the Author Guidelines here.