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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Fachbereich Politik- und Sozi­al­wis­senschaften - Otto-Suhr-Insti­tut für Politikwis­senschaft

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, with fund­ing from the Ein­stein Found­a­tion, is seek­ing to employ: One research fel­low.

The research fel­low will work within the frame­work of the Cluster of Excel­lence ‘Con­test­a­tions of the Lib­eral Script (SCRIPTS). 

The Cluster of Excel­lence ‘Con­test­a­tions of the Lib­eral Script’ (SCRIPTS) ana­lyses the con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing the lib­eral order from a his­tor­ical, global and com­par­at­ive per­spect­ive. It involves inter-dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­a­tion across social sci­ences, law, his­tory and area stud­ies in Ber­lin; it devel­ops col­lab­or­a­tion with research insti­tu­tions in all world regions; and it main­tains cooper­at­ive ties with major polit­ical, cul­tural and social insti­tu­tions. For more inform­a­tion, please visit
The Cluster of Excel­lence includes the Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, the WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre, the Hum­boldt Uni­versity of Ber­lin, the Her­tie School of Gov­ern­ment, the Centre for East European and Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, the Ger­man Insti­tute for Eco­nomic Research, the Ger­man Insti­tute for Global and Area Stud­ies, and The Leib­niz Centre for Mod­ern Ori­ental Stud­ies.

This pos­i­tion is linked to a three-year Ein­stein Vis­it­ing Fel­low­ship held by Pro­fessor Andrew Hur­rell. This aspect of the SCRIPTS pro­gramme is con­cerned with con­test­a­tions in the mak­ing of mod­ern global inter­na­tional soci­ety dur­ing the broad period of decol­on­iz­a­tion and of the emer­gence of what came to be call the Third World and Global South; with the way in which a wide range of lib­eral lan­guages and lib­eral claims about global order emerged, evolved and came into con­flict in this period, viewed both from the per­spect­ive of west­ern states and those res­ist­ing west­ern dom­in­ance, and embod­ied in intel­lec­tual vis­ions, polit­ical move­ments and inter­na­tional insti­tu­tional prac­tices; and with on-going con­test­a­tions over the nature of inter­na­tional and global order vis­ible in the inter­na­tional rela­tions of devel­op­ing and emer­ging states in the post-colo­nial world, and over pos­sible 21st cen­tury altern­at­ive futures, lib­eral and non-lib­eral.

Wiss. Mit­arbeiter/-in (Postdoc) (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

  • Devel­op­ing the own research pro­ject that must fall within the broad field as described above and work­ing with Pro­fessor Hur­rell on a shared pro­gramme of work in this area, involving both the research fel­low and one or more doc­toral research­ers.
  • Explor­ing innov­at­ive research per­spect­ives on con­test­a­tions over inter­na­tional order that lie at the inter­sec­tion of Inter­na­tional Rela­tions, Polit­ical The­ory, and 20th Cen­tury Global His­tory; relat­ing these his­tor­ical con­test­a­tions to the typo­logy of con­test­a­tions and to the the­or­et­ical cat­egor­ies being developed in other parts of the Cluster; and col­lab­or­at­ing act­ively with rel­ev­ant units within the Cluster.
  • Pre­par­ing con­tent, plan­ning and co-lead­ing of two inter­na­tional work­shops (one in 2021 and one in 2022) and con­trib­ut­ing to other meet­ings of the Cluster, espe­cially those link­ing The­ory and His­tory.
  • Dis­sem­in­at­ing research res­ults through pub­lic­a­tions and par­ti­cip­at­ing in work­shops and con­fer­ences.


Doc­toral degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions or in a closely related field.


  • Excel­lent expert­ise in the broad research sub­ject of the Cluster
  • aca­demic train­ing and proven research pro­fi­ciency in the cent­ral the­or­et­ical and meth­od­o­lo­gical debates in the areas of global gov­ernance and the his­tor­ical devel­op­ment of mod­ern inter­na­tional soci­ety
  • Know­ledge of one or more regions of the Global South and of the his­tor­ical devel­op­ment of rela­tions between the West and non-West. 
Exper­i­ence of col­lab­or­a­tion in, and/or coordin­a­tion of, aca­demic work­ing groups
  • very good com­mand of Eng­lish
  • a know­ledge of Ger­man is not essen­tial to this post but would be an advant­age.

How to ap­ply:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Ms. Dr. Isa­bel Win­nwa ( / +49(30) 838 66915).

Applic­a­tions (in the form of one single PDF) should include a two- to three-page let­ter, com­pris­ing a research plan, cur­riculum vitae, a list of pub­lic­a­tions and papers, the names of two ref­er­ees, and a copy of doc­toral dip­loma.
All applic­a­tion quot­ing the ref­er­ence code should be addressed as an e-mail to Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel: or postal to

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozi­al­wis­senschaften
Otto-Suhr-Insti­tut für Politikwis­senschaft
Frau Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel
Ihnestr. 22
14195 Ber­lin (Dah­lem)

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