Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften - Institut für Philosophie Research Training Group 2638 "Normativity, Critique, Change"14 Positions Research assistant (Praedoc) (m/f/d) 65%-part-time job Limited to 3 years Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU Reference code: GRK2638_Doc_2021 Bewerbungsende: 04.05.2021

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The new RTG 2638 is dedicated to questions concerning the nexus of norms, their critique, and how norms relate to social change. It seeks to study the specific structures of normative practices common to the arts, law, religion, language, and morality. The RTG research agenda follows the hypothesis that in all of these contexts, applying a norm necessitates critically reflecting on that norm. Consequently, this implies that the realization of standards can lead to their transformation. The RTG explores the transformative aspect of normativity in these contexts, analysing similarities and differences. The RTG’s main objective is to develop an understanding of how transformation is a constitutive element of normativity.
The RTG is designed to cover a large interdisciplinary range, which is important for tackling its basic theoretical topic with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. This is why the RTG brings together the knowledge gained in Art History, Dance Studies, Film Studies, German Literature, Law, Linguistics, Musicology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre Studies. Junior researchers in these fields are invited to submit their applications. The RTG will be bilingual (German and English). The website describes the RTG in more detail: www.fu-berlin.de/normativitaet-kritik-wandel.de .
In addition to the 14 doctorate positions to be filled, two postdoc positions are also advertised. The RTG 2638 is supported by PIs from the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin, and the Berlin University of the Arts. The doctoral students will be employed by the participating university where their first supervisor works. The aim is to start employment on October 1, 2021.

Job description:
- Independent research on a self-designed project within the framework of the RTG with the aim of writing a doctoral dissertation during the contract period,
- Participate in shaping the RTG's research programme in the form of interdisciplinary, international conferences, lecture series, and workshops,
- Regular and active participation in the scientific program of the college, also through the presentation and discussion of one's own research results.


MA/MPhil in one of the disciplines mentioned above

- Strong knowledge of and experience in one of the disciplines involved in the RTG, demonstrated by the degree,
- Very good knowledge of the research issues covered in the RTG 2638,
- Affinity for theoretical groundwork as demonstrated by past study,
- Doctoral project that has an interdisciplinary approach or approach able to link up with other disciplines,
- Team-oriented work ethic,
- Very good knowledge of both German and English (Applicants with degrees obtained outside of Germany should have passed the B1+ GER test).

Applicants should submit copies of their degrees and, when appropriate, language certificates as well as a CV, a letter of application no longer than 3 pages, an outline of the research project no longer than 10 pages, and a writing sample no longer than 25 pages. Applications may be submitted either in English or in German. Personal attendance during the lecture period is compulsory.
Applications containing all documents should be uploaded via the application portal of the Dahlem Research School: https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/user/register

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