research posts and post-doctoral fellowships available at the Max Planck Institute for the study of Socio-Cultural Diversity in Gottingen, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) wishes to appoint highly qualified candidates for a number of research positions. For all the positions, applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, socio-linguistics or another relevant social science. Successful applicants’ research interests, experience and publications should be relevant to themes and topics within the Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity (see www.mmg.mpg.de). Currently the Department is especially looking to expand its work on the following:

Urban Diversity

  • • Organizations and institutions (including policy frameworks, implementation and interactions between local governance actors surrounding the concept of ‘diversity’);
  • • Ethnographies of urban super-diversity (including new contexts, emergent dynamics and methodological challenges);
  • • Urban theory and diversity (especially how diversification affects city development);

New Diversities in Africa

  • • Contemporary rural-urban and international migration, social interactions and urban development in various African cities;
  • • ‘Old’ meets ‘new’ diversity (the layering of contemporary, migration-driven super-diversity on top of longstanding patterns of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity);
  • • Migration and diversification in the growing megacity of Lagos.

Further, we are generally interested in enhancing our research agendas on political life and diversity and on social interactions in various social milieus and settings.

The Institute welcomes applications from researchers with either/both quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience. Very good spoken and written English is required. [The working language of the Institute is English, and publications in English-language academic journals and books are prioritized.]

Applications must be submitted electronically through the following portal:

https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mpgs/mmg_postdoc_2014_01.nsf/application

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, publication (or PhD thesis) samples and the names and contact details of potential referees. Applicants may apply for more than one type of position. Deadline for all applications is 22 April 2014. All positions should begin on 1 September 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The positions currently on offer are: 2014 SCD Ausschreibungen_researchers+postdocs FINAL

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