Friday, April 25, 2014

Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies 2014/15

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Irmgard Coninx Foundation invite postdoctoral researchers in the humanities and social sciences to apply for the first Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies.


In an age of increasing interconnectedness and globalization, cross-border processes and the mobility of things, persons, and ideas have transformed individual life worlds and whole societies. Exchange and interaction, entanglement and networks characterize our world. This > requires a fundamental thematic and conceptual reconfiguration of the academic disciplines, which largely continue to analyze the world within the framework of nation-states.


The Forum Transregionale Studien aims to contribute to such a revision that includes curriculum reform, terminological innovation, and a rethinking of the prevailing narratives of social change. By bringing scholars from a variety of disciplines and from different locations to Berlin, the Forum promotes intellectual dialogue across fields of specialization and between area studies and the systematic disciplines. The aim is to arrive at a novel understanding of the interrelated processes that have shaped social dynamics locally and globally.

The Prize
The Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies consists of a research fellowship of up to 10 months and is awarded for a project on a particular research question that in an exemplary way relates disciplinary and area-based knowledge in mutually beneficial ways.

The winner of the award will be able to carry out a research project of his or her own choice and to participate in the scholarly activities of the research programs and initiatives at the Forum. Like the other Fellows, he or she will be affiliated with a research institution in Berlin. The prize will be awarded by a joint jury of the Forum and the Irmgard Coninx Foundation. 

Application
Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2014 and end on 31 July 2015. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus a supplement depending on their personal situation. Organizational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to contribute to the ongoing discussions at the Forum. The working language of fellowship is English.

An application consists of
a curriculum vitae
a project description (no longer than 5 pages, including a brief summary) stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
a sample of the applicant’s scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
a letter of recommendation from one university instructor (that can be sent as a separate e-mail).

The application should be submitted as four separate word documents or PDF files in English and should be received by 30 April 2014, sent by e-mail to:

Forum Transregionale Studien
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 14
14193 Berlin office@trafo-berlin.de

Application Deadline: 30 April 2014


For more information, please see www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

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