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October 29, 2013

CFA: Three PhD positions, Siberian Studies Centre, MPI for Social Anthropology

Deadline: November 30, 2013



to commence their work at the Max Planck Institute for Social
Anthropology on (or shortly after) 15 March 2014.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

We expect PhD students to complete twelve months of fieldwork in the
Russian Federation as part of their studies.

Your Profile

Applicants will be co-supervised by Dr Joachim Otto Habeck, coordinator of the Siberian Studies Centre, and one of the three directors of the Institute (or a research group leader). Applicants are encouraged to submit research proposals pertinent to the region of study – Siberia, the Far East of Russia, and the Far North of Russia (including its European part) – and a clear thematic focus of relevance for one of the three departments of the Institute. These are:

Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ headed by Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets
The Department of Law and Anthropology has a particular interest in
research focusing on how people in contemporary societies combine
several normative orders. The latter vary with the histories of the
societies/communities and the degree to which they participate in
globalisation today. Siberia can serve as an excellent test case. The
research should be empirical in nature, and involve – subject to their
relevance – kinship relations, dispute settlement mechanisms, property
and land issues, the role of human rights, the impact of religion.

Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ headed by Prof.
Chris Hann.

The Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ engages with
general questions of post-socialist transformation and economic
anthropology (Chris Hann), historical anthropology (Dittmar Schorkowitz)
and cultural heritage (Christoph Brumann).

Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ headed by Prof. Günther Schlee
Integration and conflict are central points of reference for the
analysis of human collectivities. The construction, meaning, and
communication of identity offer an important field of research within
this frame of reference. The analysis of descriptions of the self and
others in processes of peaceful and violent interaction and, in
particular, the development of identities in confrontation with other
groups, are at the centre of the Department’s research programme.
Description and analysis of conflict mechanisms also play an important
role here.


Our Offer

The positions are generally awarded for two years, with the possibility
for two six-month extensions. The group will work together in

The Max Planck Society strives to employ more persons with disabilities
and explicitly encourages applications.

Applications should include the standard documentation and a project
proposal referring to the research agenda of one of the Institute’s
departments, as laid out above.

Standard documentation includes:

• cover letter (one or two pages);
• a CV including a list of publications;
• project proposal (max. three pages);
• a photocopy of the highest academic degree certificate;
• and names of two or three referees, who may be contacted for
confidential letters of reference.

Final selection will be made following interviews in January 2014.

Please submit your application electronically by November 30th 2013
following the link for vacancies on our homepage.

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Robert Gille

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Joachim Otto Habeck
(habeck@eth.mpg.de). Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the
research agendas of the Institute’s three departments and to state the
thematic closeness to one of them in their application.

Posted by jmkirsch at October 29, 2013 02:24 PM