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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Exzellenzausschreibungen – EXC 2020 Temporal Communities/ Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

The Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" aims to create a new theoretical and methodological take on literature in a global perspective. Introducing the notion of ‘temporal communities’, the Cluster investigates the ways in which literature reaches out through space and time, establishing complex temporalities and extensive transcultural and transtemporal networks as it interacts with other arts and media. The Cluster’s research is conducted within five Research Areas: 1. Competing Communities, 2. Travelling Matters, 3. Future Perfect, 4. Literary Currencies, 5. Building Digital Communities.

From 1 October 2022, 5 positions for research associates (50% part-time, limited to 3 years, pay group 13 TV-L FU) are available at the Cluster ( ).
The research associates will at the same time be members of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies as doctoral students: They will complete its curriculum and have access to the mentoring and qualification offers. Doctoral students will have access to travel, conference, and workshop funds.

The position advertised here will be filled in the research project "The Invention of the Modern Religious Bookshelf: Canons, Concepts and Communities" (project lead: Prof. Dr. Christian Meyer located) in Research Area 3 "Future Perfect" of EXC 2020. 
The selected candidate will develop and work on a project dealing with "A New Canon of Religious and Alternative Literatures" involving transregional aspects and with a focus on China. The project shall examine the global circulation of religious knowledge with a view to the institutions (publishers, bookstores, libraries, academia) and actors that contributed to the „Invention of the Modern Religious Bookshelf". The case study to be developed can focus on a relevant publisher, series, bookstore, local non-western library systems (e.g. in Taiwan or Hong Kong) or other relevant actors. Its purpose is to analyse the motivations, strategies, local contexts, and transregional networks that were crucial for the origin of the "Religious Bookshelf" in China.

For further information on the project, please refer to:

Research associate / Doctoral student (m/f/d)

Working field:

  • Conducting a three-year research project in the framework of the project "The Invention of the Modern Religious Bookshelf: Canons, Concepts and Communities" in the EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities"; a short synopsis of 1-2 pages outlining possible lines of investigation for a project on “A New Canon of Religious and Alternative Literatures” must be included with the application.
  • Completion of the curriculum of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree
  • Participating in regular working meetings and workshops of the Research Area 3 of the Cluster
  • Participating in the organisation and implementation of interdisciplinary, international conferences and workshops and contributing to the resulting publications
  • Contributing to the publication of the project's research results in the "Living Handbook of Temporal Communities”


  • completed MA-level university degree (Master, Magister, Diplom) in Chinese Studies, Religious Studies, or another relevant discipline

  • excellent academic track record
  • documented specialisation preferable in the fields of culture, literature, or religion
  • a very good command of the source language(s) required for performing the suggested project, in particular of Chinese
  • very good knowledge of German and/or English (one of the two languages at least on level C1 CEFR, the other at least on level B2 CEFR)

How to apply:

There is an online portal through which submitted applications with informative documents are preferably accepted no later than November 14th, 2021. You will find information on this at

For further information, please contact Mrs. Izabella Goikhman ( / +49 30 838 65648).

Applications by post should be sent to

Freie Universität Berlin
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Mrs. Izabella Goikhman
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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