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Two Doctoral Researches (m/f/d) in the Junior Research Group "Sexualities, Political Orders, and Revolutions in Africa"

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, invites applications for part-time positions (75%) for

Two Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) in the Junior Research Group "Sexualities,
Political Orders, and Revolutions in Africa"

to commence on July 1, 2021. The contract period will be four years. If the personal and collectively agreed conditions are met, the salary will fall into the pay grade E 13 TV-L. The doctoral researchers will pursue their degrees within the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), the graduate school of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence.

The two positions are part of the newly established Junior Research Group “Sexualities, Political Orders, and Revolutions in Africa”, which pursues an ambitious research agenda bringing together various disciplines and field sites in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Tunisia, which have recently experienced profound political transformation. The project explores the possibilities, imaginations, and meanings these revolutionary moments have generated for queer communities in the three countries. The project relies on intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological guideline stressing that social justice is only possible through a coordinated struggle against multiple and intersecting systems of oppression. Prerequisites for application are Master’s degree (with distinction) in anthropology, sociology, literature, history, religious/Islamic studies, or a closely related field, and the ability to co-design and conduct empirical fieldwork in Sudan and Tunisia. Also required is fluency in English (the Cluster’s working language) and a good command of Arabic; German language skills are welcome but not a precondition.

Apart from working on their individual dissertations, the successful candidates are expected to

  • have the capacity for teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation in the context of the Junior Research Groups;
  • be willing to participate in the organisation of workshops and academic events;
  • work closely with the Gender and Diversity Office in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence on matters of Intersectionality and Critical Diversity Literacy;
  • actively participate in work-groups, colloquia and other venues and events where academic exchanges and debates take place.

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and the University of Bayreuth view the diversity of its staff as an asset and are expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Persons who can help make the research profile of the cluster and the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Applications should include a cover letter laying out the candidate’s motivation for applying, a CV, copies of degree certificates or diplomas, the contact data of two academic references, and a research statement of maximum 2500 words outlining ideas for a PhD topic that fits the thematic requirements above. Please apply online:

Applicant portal Uni Bayreuth with required documents indicating the password “GRGIntersectionality”.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

Application Deadline: 22 March 2021.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Serawit Debele, E-Mail: Serawit.Debele@uni-bayreuth.de

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