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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Exzellenzausschreibungen | EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities"

Research assistant (Postdoc) (m/f/d)

full-time job | limited to 4 years | Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU | Reference code: EXC 2020 RT_A_ Postdoc RA1 2021

Work­ing field:

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 and establishes 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.
This position is situated in Research Area 1, "Competing Communities". Research Area 1 will investigate how a perceived literary globality is actually an effect of competing communities. 
Research Area (RA) 1 questions the totalising implications of previous notions of the ‘global’ and supplants them with a concept of ever-shifting relations of transtemporal competitive entanglement. RA1 is especially interested in the criteria for what constitutes a community – what does it take to speak of a community? How small, how large can communities be? Can they intersect? Can an actor belong to different communities at the same time? How do communities voice their claims to globality? Further information:

Job description:

  • Development and implementation of a research project of their own within Research Area 1 „Competing Communities“ with the aim of completing a monograph
  • A leading role in organising research cooperation within Research Area 1
  • Coordinating Research Area 1’s contributions to the Living Handbook of Temporal Communities in close cooperation with the Editorial Board
  • A substantial contribution to the further development of the cluster’s concepts and methodology and of its international networks

  • Conceiving and organising international, interdisciplinary workshops and conferences
  • Mentoring the doctoral students of Research Area 1
  • Liaising with the Research Area’s international fellows
  • Responsibility for the Research Area’s financial administration in cooperation with the managing director


Doctoral thesis in literary studies or another humanities discipline

  • A very good knowledge of the research issues covered in Research Area 1 
A track record of successful interdisciplinary work
  • A very good knowledge of the history of theory (including recent developments) with a special emphasis on issues of cultural history related to Research Area 1
  • Experience in working in interdisciplinary collaborative research projects: a team-oriented work attitude, international networking experience and familiarity with different scholarly cultures and academic systems (international experience); experience in research coordination;
  • experience in conceiving, planning and organising a broad variety of formats of scholarly exchange (workshops, conferences, possibly even newly conceived formats)
  • A very good knowledge of both German and English (with a minimum competence in one of these languages at the level of C1 GER and the other at the level of B2 GER)

How to ap­ply:

Applications containing the usual documents as well as a description of the planned monograph (no more than 5 pages) may be submitted either in English or in German. "For administrative reasons, applications should ideally be submitted via email as a single pdf-file. and sent via email will be accepted.

Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code no later than March 8th, 2021, in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Mr. Prof. Dr. Miltos Pechlivanos:
On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin
EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities"
Mr. Prof. Dr. Miltos Pechlivanos
Altensteinstr. 15
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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