The University of GÃ¶ttingen is launching a transregional research network (CETREN) under the broad thematic rubric â€œThe Politics of the Newâ€, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). For its pilot project, â€œSecularism and New Religiositiesâ€, CETREN seeks to fill two Postdoctoral Research Positions.
The two positions, to begin in October 2013, will be offered as two-year fixed-term contracts on a full-time basis (currently 39,8 hours per week) and will be remunerated at the TV-L E13 level (in accordance with the German public sector pay scale).
The pilot project â€œSecularism and New Religiositiesâ€ examines new forms of religiosity that emerge under various regional or national regimes of secularism, and how these are shaped in transnational arenas of cultural, political and legal interaction (see project description at http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/422555.html). Within this wider context, we invite post-doctoral research proposals that theoretically and empirically analyze new religiosities in comparative perspective; cross-religious as well as cross-regional comparisons are welcome. While the overall projectâ€™s main focus is on South Asia, East Asia, and Europe, proposals may broaden the comparative scope by including other regions.
Successful applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, such as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, religious studies, or area studies. Researchers will be based at the University of GÃ¶ttingen, but will be permitted to conduct fully-funded field research for part of the two-year period, upon consultation with the principal investigators.
Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is expected. A complete application will consist of a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample, a 1000-word proposal for a postdoctoral research project, and two confidential letters of reference sent separately by the referees. Any queries regarding the positions may be addressed to Prof. Rupa Viswanath at firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials should be sent, preferably by email, to email@example.com no later than April 1, 2013.
Alternatively you can send your application by post to:
Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
Prof. Rupa Viswanath