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Johannes Gutenberg University: 6 positions

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    Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean
    Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the
    DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University
    of Mainz
    6 positions for doctoral research associates (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE)
    to be filled by 1
    st April 2021 for a contract period of three years.
    Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History,
    Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern
    European History, Early Modern Church History, Classical Archaeology, Christian
    Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a
    focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.
    The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean
    Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to
    the Early Modern Period. With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and
    practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and
    reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or
    reception will be explored via four thematic areas:
    1. Strategies of justification and legitimation
    2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups
    3. Rituals and worship
    4. Knowledge and infrastructure
    A thorough description of the research program and the emphases of the participating
    disciplines is available on the homepage []. The
    prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as
    well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines. The primary criterion for
    the evaluation of applications is the originality and quality of the research project
    summarized in the exposé. Suitable candidates can also apply on the basis of
    suggested topics – a selection of possible dissertation topics is likewise to be found on
    the homepage.
    Upon acceptance the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral
    program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required. The Research
    Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, crossdisciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating
    scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through
    museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital
    Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.
    Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent)
    completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as
    openness to interdisciplinary work.
    The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf
    (in German or English):
     A letter of application (one page)
     An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)
     A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree
    diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities
     Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)
    The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of
    women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes
    applications from female researchers. Please refer to any disability status in the
    For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding
    specialists of the Research Training Group, other questions to the Spokes-person.
    The application deadline ends by 15th November 2020.
    The application materials along with two letters of recommendation from universitylevel instructors, who should submit their letters separately, are to be addressed to the
    Spokesperson of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch,
    (address:; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).
    Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch
    Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
    Historisches Seminar
    Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
    55099 Mainz
    Tel.: 0049-6131-39 27190
    Fax: 0049-6131-39 26043

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