Call for proposals: Postdoc Research Fellowships
Lessons and Legacies of Conflict Moderation: Insights from the Cold War
The Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies is a joint project of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and the Humboldt University Berlin. It is a place of international scholarly exchange and the continuing development of historiographic research devoted to the Cold War. It focuses on international and inter-German relations, the perception and management of conflicts, the history of emotions, the Cold War’s impact on societies and sciences in East and West and the culture of remembrance that has emerged since 1990. The Center carries out independent projects, promotes German and international scholars through fellowships and offers public lectures, conferences and exhibitions.
The research interests of the Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies are particularly directed at the theme of “Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War“. Not the least, this focus refers to the limits of perceptions of order and patterns of thinking. What could be said and done under the conditions of the Cold War? When, why and under what conditions were entrenched modes of political thinking crossed, undermined or completely suspended? Who were the actors? What lines could be shifted, and how far?
This approach lends itself to various fields of research. In foreign and security policy the view is drawn to diplomatic negotiations as well as disarmament and detente initiatives; it is equally productive for analyzing the Cold War’s societal, intellectual and economic histories: Which actors tested, undermined or overcame the borders of the Cold War? The question here is not only to what extent their initiatives and practices helped soften solidified fronts, but also what other benefits they yielded. All in all, investigating the frontiers of the Cold War promises new insights into the ambivalence, contradictions and multi-fractured dynamics of this era.
Fellowships carry a monthly award of € 2,200.00. If required, a monthly allowance of € 400.00 is added for family / children, which might partially be allocated for the rent.
Fellows must reside in Berlin. An apartment will be provided if they are not from Berlin. Travel costs (air/rail) to arrive in and depart from Berlin will be covered. Also covered are mobility costs for public transportation and visits to archives within Germany totaling max. € 450.00 monthly as well as research costs totaling max. € 100.00 monthly.
The Center assumes that fellows are given leave without pay by their home institutions for the duration of the fellowship. The Center explicitly welcomes offers by researchers’ home institutions to participate in financing the stay in Berlin. In this case, details on the manner and amount of possible financing are kindly requested.
The partners of the Center are devoted to a balanced gender ratio in all their personnel decisions. For this reason, we are principally encouraging women to answer our job postings. In addition, all partners are dedicated to the further improvement of a balanced family and professional life. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.
Applications need to be submitted online. Please see below for the web form.
You will be expected to submit an
- Application letter stating motivation (max. 400 words)
- Curriculum Vitae (max. 400 words)
- List of publications (max. 10 titles)
- Abstract of proposed research project (max. 1 page)
- Project description (max. 8 pages)
- Work schedule (max. 1 page)
Applications may be submitted in either English or German.
Submission deadline is December 1, 2016.
Please direct your questions in writing to Sophie Lange at info(at)berlinerkolleg.com
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