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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kul­tur­wis­senschaften - Ostas­ien und Vor­derer Ori­ent Sem­inar für Semit­istik und Arabistik, hier: ERC-Pro­jekt PalREAD

Applic­a­tions are invited for a two-year Research Assist­ant pos­i­tion to work on the European Research Coun­cil (ERC) Start­ing Grant pro­ject (2018-2023) PalREAD Coun­try of Words: Read­ing and Recep­tion of Palestinian Lit­er­at­ure from 1948 to the Present, led by Prin­cipal Invest­ig­ator Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh.

PalREAD seeks to map and trace the devel­op­ment of Palestinian lit­er­at­ure from 1948 to the present, with a focus on Arabic-lan­guage lit­er­ary sources pub­lished across the Arab world, in Europe and North Amer­ica. The pro­ject pro­poses a deep and thor­ough study of Palestinian lit­er­at­ure as an early and on-going case of lit­er­ary dis­place­ment in the Arab world. It aims to work with inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and trans­me­dial mod­els, includ­ing digital human­it­ies, to ana­lyse texts, lit­er­ary pro­duc­tion, recep­tion and sites of read­ing that chal­lenge and lie out­side con­ven­tional con­cep­tions of the nation-state and embeds lit­er­ary pro­duc­tion into a wider cul­tural web of inter­sect­ing media and genres. Ulti­mately, the pro­ject aims to bring together dis­persed geo­graphic frag­ments of Palestinian lit­er­at­ure, tra­di­tion­ally stud­ied sep­ar­ately, or lim­ited to cer­tain authors or time peri­ods. The pro­ject’s main out­puts will be visu­al­ized and made access­ible via an inter­act­ive online plat­form.

Research assist­ant (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be expec­ted to con­duct pro­ject-related research as well as under­take field­work in Palestine and Jordan. In addi­tion to research and data col­lec­tion, the role involves organ­iz­ing pro­ject-related events; con­trib­ut­ing to the pro­duc­tion of aca­demic pub­lic­a­tions; and pre­par­a­tion of grant applic­a­tions and reports. 


Require­ments:

  • Mas­ter degree in Mod­ern Arabic Lit­er­at­ure

Desir­able:

  • Demon­strated exper­i­ence con­duct­ing research and field­work on Palestinian lit­er­at­ure in lib­rar­ies and archives, espe­cially in Palestine
  • advanced level or flu­ency in Arabic, includ­ing demon­strated famili­ar­ity and com­pre­hen­sion of the Palestinian dia­lect and exper­i­ence work­ing with sources in Mod­ern Stand­ard Arabic
  • inter­me­di­ate to advanced level of Eng­lish and Ger­man
  • demon­strated know­ledge of and exper­i­ence of research on Palestinian lit­er­at­ure
  • demon­strated exper­i­ence con­duct­ing meet­ings and inter­views in Palestine
  • abil­ity to read and pro­cess large amounts of Arabic-lan­guage sources and data
  • abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently and with col­leagues in a team
  • good com­mu­nic­a­tion and inter­per­sonal skills
  • access to and/or estab­lished links to rel­ev­ant lit­er­ary net­works in Palestine
  • interest in Digital Human­it­ies approaches to lit­er­at­ure.

What we of­fer:

Pre­ferred start date of the pro­ject is Feb­ru­ary 2020. The post is a 25% part-time pos­i­tion and is fixed-term for two years. The salary range lies within the Ger­man civil ser­vice TV-L 13 salary group. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate must be based in Ber­lin.

How to ap­ply:

All applic­a­tions includ­ing (1) Cover Let­ter (Eng­lish), (2) CV (Eng­lish), (3) Writ­ing sample/pub­lic­a­tion (Eng­lish or Arabic) quot­ing the ref­er­ence code should be dir­ec­ted prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally in one PDF doc­u­ment to: Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh: palread@geschkult.fu-berlin.de or postal to:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kul­tur­wis­senschaften
Ostas­ien und Vor­derer Ori­ent
Sem­inar für Semit­istik und Arabistik, hier: ERC-Pro­jekt PalREAD
Frau Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh
Fabeck­str. 23-25
14195 Ber­lin (Dah­lem)

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