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CfA Postdoctoral Fellow (m/f/d) RU Temporality

Fellowship: One Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Cluster’s Temporality Research Unit and the International Research College

Duration: 12 months

Closing date: 28 February 2021

News from Feb 04, 2021

The Temporality Research Unit at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS), in conjunction with the International Research College (IRC), is offering one twelve-month Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to SCRIPTS by: producing and disseminating high-quality publications; writing one working paper relevant to the Research Unit’s concerns; presenting their work at relevant research seminars, workshops, and conferences; and attending and participating in the Cluster’s academic events (e.g. postdoctoral colloquia and the Cluster’s jour fixe).

SCRIPTS brings together academic experts in the social sciences and area studies from across the world in order to analyze contemporary controversies surrounding the liberal order. We investigate who is contesting the liberal script, which factors drive these contestations, and what the effects of such contestations are. We do this from historical, global, and comparative perspectives.

The Cluster is structured around four Research Units (RUs): Borders, Orders, (Re-)Allocation and Temporality, each consisting of a team of multidisciplinary experts. RU Temporality investigates time-related and historical contestations of the liberal script and currently includes scholars working in the fields of sociology, history, law, area studies, political science, economics, education studies, and philosophy. Topics include the following: the tension between future-oriented values and present-oriented norms, the role of time in decision making, life courses, the structural dynamics of institutions and discourses, and competing understandings of progress and visions of the future. See here for more information on RU Temporality.

The IRC is the Cluster’s hub for international visiting scholars as well as postdoctoral fellows and together with the Graduate School forms the Berlin International College ofResearch and Graduate Training (BIRT). Through this unique  structure, fellows are embedded in an interdisciplinary, international, and highly diverse environment; they benefit from regular exchanges with junior as well as senior scholars at the Cluster. See here for more information about the IRC.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates working in the following areas: time use and time autonomy; generational change in life courses in a global perspective; digital temporalities and the impact of technological acceleration on contestations of the liberal script; contestations of the liberal script in and from the global south; and historical contestations of the liberal script (e.g. communism and fascism).

Candidates must have submitted their PhD by 28 February 2021. The duration of the fellowship is 12 months (1 April 2021–31 March 2022) and remuneration comes in the form of a stipend of €30 000 (including travel and relocation expenses), paid in monthly rates of €2 500. 


Applicants must submit the following documents: 


  • CV including list of publications;

  • Proposal for a postdoctoral project, including plan for publications (maximum 3 000 words);
  • Transcripts of degrees and other relevant material;

  • The names of two referees.

We value diversity and applications from BIPoC and womxn are especially welcome. Applications from people with a recognised disability status will be considered preferentially. Read more on diversity at SCRIPTS here.


Please send all application materials as a single PDF file to alexandra.paulin@fu-berlin.de by midnight (CET) on 28 February 2021

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