7 Postdoc-Fellowships: Rechtskulturen in Berlin

Gleich sieben Postdoc-Stellen für das Jahr 2011/12 sind in Berlin ausgeschrieben. Ausschreiber ist das Forum Transregionale Studien am Wissenschafskolleg zu Berlin und bewerben kann sich ein jeder Post-Doc, der sich für das Feld Rechtkulturen interessiert. Politikwissenschaftler und Philosophen sind in dem breiten Call explizit mitangesprochen und das der Call von der frisch gewählten Verfassungsrichterin Susanne Baer, Chrisoph Möllers und Alexandra Kemmerer initiiert wurde, spricht auch für ein Interesse an politiktheoretischen Bewerbungen. Zeit für die Bewerbung ist bis zum 17. Januar. Alle Infos hier oder unter dem Strich:


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars
to apply for seven postdoctoral fellowships for the research project



Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have
obtained their doctorate within the last five years before their
application to the program. We welcome candidates in particular
from the disciplines of law, sociology, political science,
philosophy, history, anthropology, theology, and area studies,
representing a broad range of diverse approaches to the law,
including gender studies, comparative research, law & literature,
critical approaches to international law, administrative sciences,
transitional justice, the law of development cooperation, and
classical problems of legal philosophy. We encourage and welcome
applications from all regions of the world. Fellows are given
the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within
a transdisciplinary and transregional context. During the fellowship
in Berlin, they will be associated with a university institute
(e.g. the Faculty of Law at Humboldt-Universitaet) or an extra-
university research institute. In the overall context of the
project Rechtskulturen and the framework of the Forum Transregionale
Studien, they will be part of a vibrant discursive environment.


begin on October 1, 2011, and will end on July 31, 2012. Shorter
fellowship terms can be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will
receive a monthly stipend of Euro 2.250 plus supplements depending
on their personal situation. Organisational support, regarding
visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful
applicants will be fellows of the project Rechtskulturen at
the Forum Transregionale Studien.


The postdoctoral fellow program Rechtskulturen (‚legal cultures‘)
is designed to explore the law in new and innovative ways. We
intend to create a space of reflection and communication where
fundamental and salient questions of the law and its context(s)
can be re-negotiated from a variety of disciplinary and regional
perspectives, and re-connected with jurisprudence and legal
methodology. As a central element of the Berlin research network
Law in Context based at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
Rechtskulturen aims at recontextualizing our understanding of
law by transcending the scope of comparative legal studies and
international law. It is designed to enhance a re-location of law
among its neighboring disciplines – the humanities, the cultural
and social sciences -, and can thus allow affiliated scholars,
fellows and faculty to develop innovative research agendas in
transregional constellations beyond a European or Anglo-American
focus. The program addresses scholars from a variety of disciplinary
backgrounds, regional contexts and academic fields of discourse.
In Berlin, the postdoctoral fellows will work on projects of
their own choice.

The program Rechtskulturen is co-directed by
Justice-elect Professor Susanne Baer (Bundesverfassungsgericht/
Humboldt-Universitaet) and
Professor Christoph Moellers (Humboldt-Universitaet),
and scientifically coordinated by
Alexandra Kemmerer (Research Network Law in Context, Wissenschafts-
kolleg zu Berlin).

Each academic year, the program invites seven scholars in an
early stage of their academic careers to Berlin to pursue projects
contributing to the study of Rechtskulturen: Confrontations Beyond
Comparison. The fellow program’s scholarly environment is designed
to enable and to encourage both fellows and the wider community to
explore and create new orientations in their interdisciplinary
research projects.

To apply, please send the following documents in English, exclusively
by e-mail, as separate word or PDF files:

– a curriculum vitae
– an anonymized project description (no longer than five pages)
stating what you will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
– the titles of three pieces of your scholarly work (incl. biblio-
graphical information) and your favourite one of those as PDF file
– the names and addresses (incl. e-mail) of two referees

The application, to be received by 17 January 2011, should be
addressed to:


The Forum Transregionale Studien is a new research platform
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.


Forum Transregionale Studien
Project: Rechtskulturen
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Alexandra Kemmerer
Wallotstrasse 19
14193 Berlin

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