PhD Position in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany
PhD Position in Social and Cultural Anthropology

We offer a PhD position (salary scale E13/2) for three years (January 2010 – December 2012) as part of the sub project “Anthropological Models for a Reconstruction of the First
African Frontier” in the framework of the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC)”Our way to Europe”. The CRC is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and is designed to capture the complex nature of chronology, regional structure, climatic, environmental and socio-cultural contexts of major intercontinental and transcontinental events of dispersal of Modern Man from Africa to Europe.
The sub-project explores anthropological models of hunter-gatherer social dynamics and seeks to relate these models to the theoretical idea of a frontier, which means explaining
forms of social organisation as the outcome of a condition of gradual expansion, and conversely this expansion as the result of specific social dynamics.
Candidates should be prepared to carry out a one year period of field research with a marginalised mobile group (e.g. hunter-gatherers or former hunter-gatherers) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further requirements are a Master’s degree in Anthropology or a
neighbouring discipline and marks above average. Experiences in fieldwork are of advantage. The successful candidate will have to reside within commuting distance of the University of Cologne in order to be able to participate in the structured PhD study program of the CRC.
Applications should include a CV, academic certificates, an abstract (or section) of the MA thesis, and two references. Applications are to be sent in both hard copy and digital forms
until 15 October 2009 to the address below. Final selection will be made following interviews in mid-November 2009.
Applications of women with equivalent qualifications are strongly encouraged. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
Deadline: 15. October 2009
Address: Michael Bollig
Thomas Widlok
Institute für Ethnologie
Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln
Digital submission of applications and enquiries to [email protected]
or [email protected]
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