Researchers in Ancient History of Religion, University of Erfurt, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 08, 2015

Deadline: Sep 30, 2015

The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt invites applications for two positions (26 h/week) of Researchers in Ancient History of Religion within the research project „Lived Ancient Religion“ (directed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke).


“Lived Ancient Religion” takes a completely new perspective on the religious history of Mediterranean antiquity, sarting from the individual and “lived” religion instead of civic religion. “Lived religion” suggests a set of experiences, of practices addressed to, and conceptions of the divine, which are appropriated, expressed, and shared by individuals in diverse social spaces, from the primary space of the family to the shared space of public instituions and trans-local literary communication. The project is financed by the European Research Council.

The group's methodological approach is defined through the notions of religious experience, embodiment, and "culture in interaction".

The new members of the team should work on a monograph on agents and processes of urban religion. As a member of the team, the researcher is obliged to also share the research tasks of the team, e.g. in preparing workshops, conferences, and publications.

The initial contract is for the period up to 31 May 2017, but culd be extended to a maximum of three years, if legal and personal requirements are met. The salary is according to TV-L E 13 (starting from brutto 41.926 p.a. resp. 65% thereof).

Nr of positions available : 2

Research Fields

Religious Sciences
History - History of religions
Language sciences - Philology

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profiles

First Stage Researcher (R1)

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Required Languages
Language ENGLISH
Language Level Good
Language GERMAN
Language Level Good
Additional Requirements
The ideal cancidate needs to
- have a far-above-average exam (MA) in History of Religion, Classical Philology, Ancient History, Ancient Judaism or Ancient Christianity
and to aim at a dcotorate at the Max Weber Center based on her or his project
- have a very good knowledge of English and German
- have excellent knowledge of the relevant ancient language(s)
- fulfil the general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetzt (Thuringian Higher Education Law)

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