LINGUIST List 32.472

Mon Feb 08 2021

Support: Berber; General Linguistsics: PhD, Heidelberg University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 04-Feb-2021
From: Johannes Becke <>
Subject: Berber; General Linguistsics: PhD, Heidelberg University, Germany
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Department: Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Heidelberg University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics



The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Heidelberg University invites applications for a position starting on 15th March 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

1 Doctoral Researcher - Political Science / Middle East Studies / Berber Studies (E 13 TV-L, 65%, 24+12 months)

The position is advertised within the research group “Gathering the Dispersed. State Evasion and State-making in Modern Jewish, Kurdish, and Berber History”. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, “Gathering the Dispersed” explores a comparative perspective on modern state-making policies in three non-state communities: Jews, Kurds and Berbers. In all three cases, nationalist movements launched ambitious campaigns of centralizing power, resources and populations with the goal of nation-building and state-building. However, these campaigns of state-making clashed with a pattern of state evasion and autonomous self-rule, marked by dispersed patterns of social authority, cultural practices, and human settlement. Based on a comparative case study of modern Jewish, Kurdish, and Berber history, the research group aims at establishing a typological theory of the contested transition from state evasion to state-making in non-state communities.

For the advertised positions, candidates are expected to conduct field research and archival research both in the MENA and Berber/Amazigh communities in Europe. Qualified applicants are expected to have obtained excellent degrees in Political Science, Middle East Studies, or Berber Studies (including a linguistic focus). They should demonstrate advanced skills and experience in qualitative methods of empirical social research (semi-structured interviews, discourse analysis). Very good spoken and written English are required. Additional requirements can be specified as follows:

- For the position as doctoral researcher, candidates should have a specialization in modern Berber/Amazigh politics, history, or linguistics. French and a spoken Berber/Amazigh dialect are required, knowledge of the neo-Tifinagh script is an advantage.

Applicants will be employed at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies and will be associate researchers at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Applications should include: a letter of interest, a CV with a list of publications, diplomas, a writing sample (MA chapter acceptable), and the names and contact details of two potential referees.

For further information and for your application (in one PDF), please get in touch with Johannes Becke ( Deadline is February 15 2021, online interviews will be conducted in late February 2021.

Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will be considered. In an effort to increase the number of women, applications by female researchers are especially encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications. Information on policies for personal data according to Art. 13 DS-GVO can be found at our homepage

Contact Information:
        Johannes Becke

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