CfA [closed]: ICAS-MP advertises the position of a Deputy Director

Closing date: 4 September 2015

“Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” is the first M.S. Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ICAS:MP)  abroad that is financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research. ICAS:MP will have its main location in New Delhi and is organised collectively by an Indo-German consortium consisting of the Centre for Modern India, University of Würzburg; the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen; the Centre the Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi; the Centre the Studies of Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata; the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi; the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt and the Max Weber Foundation, Bonn, with its German Historical Institute London (GHIL). After a first phase (2015-17) and positive evaluation the Centre is expected to be funded for a first main phase of 6 years and possibly a second phase of 4 years (see

ICAS-MP advertises the position of a

Deputy Director (TVöD Entgeltgruppe 14).

The appointment is initially for 24 months with the possibility of extension for 6 further years in the case of a successful evaluation and continued funding of the centre. If the successful candidate is a resident of Germany and an EU citizen, he/she will be eligible for foreign posting allowances in accordance with federal civil service regulations.

ICAS:MP will produce cutting-edge research under the broad rubric “Metamorphoses of the Political in the Long Twentieth Century.” In response to a spate of recent transformations—from the recognition of the new role of the nation-state in a globalized order, the rise of novel forms of social action and mobilization, and the fraught relationship between older political formations and newly crystallizing political ideals—questions concerning the nature and limits of “the political” are now at the center of contentious, but often unsystematic, debate. Engaging a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies, the Centre will aim to bring clarity and focus to this critical field.  Through an innovative structure in which teams of researchers engage core subtopics, the Centre will simultaneously enable close empirical study and broad comparative and theoretical analysis, highlighting the the overlapping yet distinctive trajectories of political processes that have unfolded across the globe.

We are looking for an experienced academic with a PhD and a strong record of publications in thematic fields relevant to ICAS:MP as well as excellent organisational and communicative skills.   The Deputy Director must reside at the Centre in New Delhi and assist the two Directors, one each from the German and Indian consortia, in establishing ICAS:MP. He or she will coordinate ICAS:MP’s German and Indian administrative wings, ensure the smooth flow of information among project partners, and oversee the preparation of central meetings and activities. The Deputy Director is also expected to contribute intellectually to one of the research modules and assist in further developing ICAS:MP’s research profile. The successful candidate will, therefore, have an  independent research agenda. Applicants are expected to have a thorough familiarity with both the German and the Indian academic systems, and possess adequate language skills (English, German and Hindi and/or other Indian languages).

The successful candidate will be employed by the Max Weber Foundation, which is a family-friendly, equal opportunity employer dedicated to fostering workplace equality for men and women. We particularly invite applications from women for this post. As far as possible, the Centre allows for flexible working hours. Preference will be given to candidates with disabilities. Applications (CV, list of publications, two essays/book chapters, and the names of two referees) should be submitted electronically to Beatrice Rennhack ( by 4 September 2015 in one PDF (5 MB maximum) file, along with a cover letter of one page that briefly outlines experience and qualifications.  Interviews will be conducted on 21 September 2015 in Bonn and/or New Delhi. Should you not be available at that time, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Ulla Menke

Ulla Menke arbeitet als Referentin für digitale Wissenschaftskommunikation für de.hypotheses bei der Max Weber Stiftung in Bonn. Interessensschwerpunkte sind mythologische Narrative, archetypische Symbole und Motive und ihre Rezeption in zeitgenössischer Literatur.

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  1. am keen to know when applications for post doctoral fellowships for 2017 will be
    invited, and would like to be informed when it happens at the e-mail address noted above. also, whether themes for the coming fellowships have been decided upon, and could be communicated now or some time soon, at the same address. finally, whether there is provision for late submission of applications for the 2016 fellowships, exceptionally or as a matter of routine.

    many thanks,


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