08.02.2021

Freie Universität Berlin > Fellowships in ‘Authoritarianism and Global Capitalism - Emancipatory Counter-Strategies in and from the Middle East’ (Germany)

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (both Freie Universität Berlin), and ‘Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe’ (EUME), a research programme at the Forum Transregionale Studien, invite postdoctoral researchers, research-based artists, and journalists from ODA-recipient countries of the Middle East and North Africa to apply for up to six short-term research fellowships (up to 9 months) in the period from April–December 2021.

The fellowships will focus on ‘Authoritarianism, Global Capitalism, and Counter-Strategies’. They are funded by the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), an initiative aimed at supporting critical research in and from countries of the Global South, and strengthening the dialogue between scholars and research-oriented artists and journalists from the Global South and North.

Fellowship holders gain the opportunity to advance their own individual research and/or artistic projects and to collaborate closely with colleagues in an interdisciplinary and transregional research milieu.

They will become visiting researchers at one of the partnering institutions and fully take part in the academic and intellectual life of those institutions. They will also be fellows of the RLS International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counterstrategies (IRGAC) that brings together more than 20 researchers from across the Global South.

Apart from advancing their own research, the fellowship holders are expected to work together in a joint project to map the most important, most virulent, or most promising struggles and strategies against the authoritarian transformations in the MENA region. At the end of the nine-month period, the research group should present a comprehensive paper/study on this issue that will serve as a basis to establish the framework of a more comprehensive research agenda for a future, long-term activist research project on counter-strategies in and from the region.

Due to funding stipulations, only citizens of ODA-recipient countries are eligible to apply. Applicants with academic research projects should have completed their PhD within the last five years. Applicants with artistic or journalistic research projects should have completed studies up to Master’s level and have professional experience that is comparable to a PhD.

Please note that in order to facilitate an ongoing and productive dialogue between scholars, the working language is English. Therefore, applicants are required to have a very good command of the English language.

The financial support provided to the researchers is calculated at €2500 per month. In case this is necessary, return (economy class) airfares for intercontinental flights will be covered by the fellowship, as well as travel costs to attend events organised by the RLS. Additional project-related funds may be granted.

Deadline: 1 March 2021

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