ERC Research Group Indigeneities in the 21st Century: 2 Postdoctoral Fellowships and 1 Doctoral Position

Via Philipp Schorch, Munich

Available from 1 April 2020 for the duration of 3 years (with the possibility of extension) at salary grade TVL 13 (Postdoc 100 %, Doctoral Position 75%).

The ERC-funded project ‘Indigeneities in the 21st Century’ (2019-2024) attempts to understand how indigenous actors have evolved from ‘vanishing people’ to global players. While the label ‘indigeneity’ circulates globally, it is also defined as a place-based marker of identity. This project breaks new ground by incorporating both dimensions – global circulation and local experience – in a common framework. It does so by studying entangled indigeneities as transregional and transcultural formations along the transpacific intersections between North and South America, Australia and the South Pacific. The project deploys historical, ethnographic and experimental museum methods, and is located at the disciplinary intersections between anthropology, art, history and philosophy. It aims at making a future-oriented contribution to (re)emerging indigeneities and the (re)negotiation of their (post)colonial legacies in and with Europe.

The project seeks applications for 2 Postdoctoral Fellows and 1 Doctoral Student to join an international team of researchers led by Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Philipp Schorch and conduct an individual project within the framework of ‘Indigeneities in the 21st Century’. Candidates should be versed in indigenous cosmologies, epistemologies, ontologies and languages. A high level of academic English is required, and knowledge of other colonial languages (French, German, Spanish) is advantageous. Candidates should have an excellent early career research record and present evidence of outstanding potential. They will be expected to conduct fieldwork in the Pacific, consolidate his/her academic profile and expertise through publications and collaboration, and contribute to the research culture of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich.

The University is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in the case of approximately equal qualifications. LMU Munich is interested in increasing the number of female faculty members and encourages women to apply. Please submit the following application documents electronically by 15 November 2019 to Prof. Dr. Philipp Schorch (philipp.schorch@ethnologie.lmu.de):

As one pdf file (in English):

(1) Application letter (letter of intent)

(2) Curriculum vitae (including all publications)

(3) Project proposal (max 5 pages)

(4) Writing sample (e.g. a published paper or a chapter of the Doctoral/MA thesis)

(5) Degree certificates

(6) Names and contact details of two referees

Shortlisted candidates will be programmed for a skype interview that will take place in late November/early December 2019.

The project has received funding from the European Research Council (Grant Agreement No. 803302).

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