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Online Event | Professorship or nothing? Options and pathways in academia

Oct 28, 2021 | 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM

The series attempts to showcase career paths in different disciplines, specifically the social sciences, inside and outside of academia. This is specifically dedicated to junior researchers on the verge of choosing their career path after their doctorate. The purpose is not to showcase glamourous careers, but rather have an open and honest conversation with helpful recommendations and pointers for all those researchers in their qualification phase who are interested in pursuing a further career in academia. Pathways seem rather straightforward, no matter the country or system: starting with a doctoral position, moving to postdoc and then ultimately and hopefully a full professorship. The reality of academic positions in Europe (and beyond) is more complex, #IchbinHanna reminds us that it is everything but straightforward to succeed in climbing the aforementioned ladder within the required time. Non-academic options are plentiful, but perhaps not all widely known when first considering leaving the university. We would like to encourage a broad exchange network within Berlin to connect academics and non-academics at different stages, the outcome is open: exchanging experiences, providing advice, connecting for joint applications or following up with job offers. The purpose of the series is to create opportunities for networking and provide support and training where needed. Further information about upcoming workshops will be provided as soon as possible. It is planned to host workshops on funding schemes (e.g. DFG, ERC, Emmy Noether and others) and how to apply for them, provide grant proposal coaching, diversity and professional skills training.


Participants:

Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter | Technische Universität Dresden: Since May 2019, Anna Holzscheiter has held the Chair of Political Science with a focus on International Politics. Parallel to her professorship at the TU Dresden she heads the research group 'Governance for Global Health' at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). In her research and teaching activities Anna Holzscheiter focuses on the emergence, impact and change of international organizations as well as the manifold relationships between (inter)governmental and societal actors in international politics. Anna Holzscheiter completed her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin in 2006. Before accepting her appointment as Full Professor at TU Dresden, she worked as an assistant professor for International Relations (2015-2019) and as a research assistant at the Research Unit for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at Freie Universität Berlin (2006-2014).

Prof. Dr. Simon Koschut | Freie Universität Berlin: Simon Koschut is a DFG Heisenberg Fellow at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is also a Principal Investigator in the interdisciplinary joint research project Social Cohesion and Civil Society: Interaction Dynamics in Times of Disruption funded by the Berlin University Alliance. His research interest lies at the intersection of International Relations, Security Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies, in particular regional security governance, norms, and emotions in world politics. His most recent book Normative Change and Security Community Disintegration (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) received the Ernst Otto Czempiel Award for the best postdoctoral monograph published in the field of peace research.

Dr. Julia Langbein | Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS): Integration at ZOiS. In her research she deals with the integration of (semi-) peripheral economies in transnational markets and value chains and consequences for their economic and political development. Her regional focus lies on Eastern Europe and European economic integration, also taking into account the role of China’s economic engagement. She holds a degree in political science from the Free University of Berlin and a master’s in Russian studies from the European University Institute in St Petersburg. After receiving her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Julia was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (Research Group) ‘The transformative power of Europe’ and scientific coordinator of two EU-funded collaborative research projects at the Centre for European Integration at the Free University of Berlin.

Dr. Thorsten Thiel | Weizenbaum Institute for the networked society / Berlin Social Science Center (WZB): Thorsten Thiel is the leader of the research group »Democracy and Digitalisation« at the Weizenbaum-Institute for the Networked Society and currently an interim professor for comparative politics at Erfurt University. Previously, he has been the coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance »Crisis in a Globalised World« and a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence »The Formation of Normative Orders« (Frankfurt). His research interests include digitalization and democracy, international political theory, European integration and democratic theory.

Assistant Prof. Hilde van Meegdenburg | Leiden University: Hilde van Meegdenburg is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. She is currently employed as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow working on her project ‘Social Distance in International Relations’ (SoDiIR). Before going to Leiden in 2018, she held positions at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) and the Technical University (TU) in Munich. She received her Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin in 2016. During her Ph.D. candidacy she was based at the Hertie School of Governance as a research fellow. Her substantive research focuses on the narrative basis of state foreign policy making with a particular focus on foreign aid and military interventions. She also works on research methods and taught numerous courses on process tracing and qualitative case studies throughout Europe.



Free Admission. To join the session on the day of the event, please register by September 30th, 2021 via email to irc@scripts-berlin.eu.
Event series collaboration between SCRIPTS & BR50
Language: English


About the Series - Post-doctorate Pathways: academic and non-academic career trajectories

With 7 Clusters of Excellence, the Berlin University Alliance and the BR50 as joint initiatives by Berlin’s universities and research institutes, the capital is becoming increasingly attractive for junior researchers in Germany and abroad. Opening with a roundtable on academic career paths, the series attempts to showcase career paths in different disciplines, specifically the social sciences, inside and outside of academia. This is specifically dedicated to junior researchers on the verge of choosing their career path after their doctorate. The purpose is not to showcase glamourous careers, but rather have an open and honest conversation with helpful recommendations and pointers. This includes workshops on funding formats (e.g. funding schemes in Germany and Europe) as well as in-depth workshops on how to write applications for funding and which criteria to consider to strengthen an application and set it apart (e.g. diversity)

Time & Location

Oct 28, 2021 | 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM

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