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Johannes Gutenberg University: 6 positions
- 6 November 2020 at 2:00 pm #2021
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
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 [https://grk-byzanz-wars.uni-mainz.de]. 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
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: email@example.com; subject-line: grk2304_Last Name).
Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Tel.: 0049-6131-39 27190
Fax: 0049-6131-39 26043
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