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Max Planck Institute: Research Fellowship on Blackness and Racialisation in Europe

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of diversity in historical and modern societies, especially concerning ethnic, religious, political, and legal processes and dynamics. This work includes basic empirical research to advance theoretical concepts.

The Minerva Fast Track Research Group Migration, Identity and Blackness in Europe, situated at the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity, is inviting applications for the position of

Research Fellow [Postdoctoral] (m/f/d)
(full-time for two years with a starting date of 1 June 2023 or earlier)

The newly established research group takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying Blackness, racialization, and identity formation and transformation processes in the context of migration. The group explores questions such as: how are migrants’ identities (trans)formed in the context of migration? How do migrants communicate their own identities, and how do others communicate about migrants? And what can we learn if we look at racialization and migration as interconnected processes? In answering these questions, the group combines qualitative research methods (e.g., interviews and ethnographic observations) with computational methods (e.g., computational text analysis). The group is committed to doing non-exploitative research and engaging in participatory research practices. Our main focus is on African migrants in Europe, particularly Germany.

The successful research fellow is expected to (1) contribute to the group’s research projects, carrying out research on the multiple dimensions of Blackness and Africanness and the identifications of African migrants in Germany at the group or/and societal level, (2) be open to work with community-based organizations and initiatives (in Germany), and (3) play an active role in the organization of international seminars and the publication of research in key academic venues, as well as for wider audiences.

Your Profile

Applicants should have a strong interest in studying the interconnections between identity, communication, migration and racialization, focusing on the European context. Applicants must hold a PhD in sociology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, data science, or similar. Applicants expecting a PhD must have submitted their thesis by 24th February 2023.

Very good spoken and written English and some basic knowledge of German are required. Very good spoken and written German is an advantage. The working language at the institute is English and regular presence at the Institute is required.

Our Offer

The contract will be for a full-time position and for a period of two years ending 30 June 2025. 1-year extensions are also possible, contingent upon confirmation of funds. Salary is based on the German collective agreement for civil servants (TVöD Bund), level E 13.

The Max Planck Society is mainly funded by the German Federal and State Governments (see www.mpg.de). Max Planck Institutes provide outstanding facilities, academic resources and intellectual environments to support independent research. Max Planck Institutes are not tied to universities. There are no teaching obligations for staff, but teaching and other forms of cooperation with universities are possible.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women across the sciences. Applications from women are, therefore, particularly welcome, as are applications from people of diverse gender or sexual orientations. Following its commitment to equal opportunities employment policies, the Max Planck Society especially encourages applications from persons with a disability. Persons of any nationality can apply.

Applications must be emailed to application_minerva@mmg.mpg.de no later than Sunday, 26th February 2023. Applications should be submitted in a single combined PDF file and include the following:

  • a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and their alignment to the group’s goals, and relevant research experience,
  • a CV without a photo, including a list of publications,
  • a short writing sample (no more than 500 words) such as the abstract of a first-author publication or abstract of PhD thesis, and
  • the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact.

Interviews are planned for early to mid-March, mainly in person at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. Remote interviews may be arranged for candidates residing outside of Germany.

Informal queries may be directed to Dr Johanna Lukate (lukate (@) mmg.mpg.de). For information on the institute, please consult www.mmg.mpg.de.

MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT ZUR ERFORSCHUNG MULTIRELIGIÖSER UND MULTIETHNISCHER GESELLSCHAFTEN,HERMANN-FÖGE-WEG 11, D-37073 GÖTTINGEN, GERMANY

Europa-Universität: Blog your Science – Bloggen fuer Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen (09./10.02.2023)

Programme of Study: Qualification Programme of early stage researchers

Lecturer: Susanne Geu

Date: 9th February 2023, 2 pm-6 pm, 10th February 9 am-1pm

Language of instruction: German

Registration: can be done via email to hochschuldidaktik@uni-flensburg.de

Contents: Online sichtbar werden Sie mit guter Wissenschaftskommunikation! Der Workshop thematisiert die folgenden Aspekte und liefert die Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Bloggens und guter Wissenschaftskommunikation über unterschiedliche Sociale Kanäle. Themen: Abgrenzung zum Schreiben wissenschaftlicher Artikel, Kernbotschaften des eigenen Forschungsthemas entwickeln und formulieren, Storytelling und die Neugier auf ein Thema wecken, Merkmale guter Blogtexte, Best Practice-Beispiele Wissenschaftsblogs, Social-Media-Marketing von Blogposts via Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc., Analyse von erfolgreichen Blogbeiträgen verschiedener Wissenschaftsblogs, Entwicklung von Blogthemen und Blogüberschriften für das eigene Forschungsthema: Schreibübung für den Einstieg in eigeneBlogartikel, Peer-Review bereits vorhandener Blogartikel.

Universität zu Köln: 2 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter:nnen an der Professur für Entrepreneurship und Management

An der Professur für Entrepreneurship und Management der Universität zu Köln sind zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt zwei Stellen als

Wissenschaftliche:r Mitarbeiter:in oder „Post-Doc“
(Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)

zu besetzen. Die Beschäftigung erfolgt jeweils in Vollzeit (Stellenumfang 100%) und befristet bis zum 31.12.2025.

Einstellungsvoraussetzung:
Mit Prädikat abgeschlossenes Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Volkswirtschaftslehre oder Wirtschaftsinformatik mit sehr guten empirischen/ökonometrischen Kenntnissen.

Ihre Aufgaben:
Das Aufgabengebiet umfasst die Mitarbeit in Lehre und Forschung des Lehrstuhls, z. B. die eigenständige Durchführung von Lehrveranstaltungen, die Mitwirkung bei sowie das eigenständige Vorantreiben von (empirischen) Forschungs- und Publikationsvorhaben und die konzeptionelle Weiterentwicklung der Entrepreneurship-Lehre in der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät.

Wir bieten:

Die Möglichkeit zur wissenschaftlichen Qualifizierung (bspw. Promotion) ist gegeben; Bewerbungen von bereits promovierten Kandidaten/innen, die eine „post-doctorale“ Karriere anstreben, sind ausdrücklich erwünscht. Wir bieten Ihnen die Zugehörigkeit zu einem engagierten, kooperativen und leistungsstarken Team mit offener, konstruktiver Atmosphäre.

Unsere Anforderungen:

  • Interesse und Mitwirkung an aktuellen Forschungsvorhaben im Bereich der Managementforschung (bspw. in den Bereichen Entrepreneurship, Innovation oder Strategischem/Internationalem Management)
  • Hohes Interesse an empirischer Forschung; entsprechende Kenntnisse quantitativ-empirischer Methoden und Datenauswertung (z.B. Stata oder SPSS) sehr wünschenswert; Kenntnisse der Programmiersprache „Python“ sind von Vorteil
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
  • Selbstständige Arbeitsweise, Teamfähigkeit, hohe Belastbarkeit und überdurchschnittliche Leistungsbereitschaft

Die Universität zu Köln strebt eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils an. Bewerbungen von Frauen werden bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung daher bevorzugt berücksichtigt, sofern nicht in der Person eines Mitbewerbers liegende Gründe überwiegen. Die Bewerbung geeigneter Schwerbehinderter und gleichgestellter behinderter Menschen im Sinne des SGB IX ist erwünscht.

Ihre schriftliche Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen richten Sie bitte bis zum 08.01.23 an

shared-office-1@wiso.uni-koeln.de

oder

Universität zu Köln
Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professur für Entrepreneurship und Management
Herrn Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Schwens
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
50923 Köln

Ihr Ansprechpartner bei Fragen ist,
Herr Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Schwens
E-Mail: schwens@wiso.uni-koeln.de

Wir bitten darum, Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht in Mappen, sondern nur in Kopie vorzulegen, da die Unterlagen nicht zurückgesandt werden. Elektronische Unterlagen sind explizit erwünscht. Diese werden nach Abschluss des Auswahlverfahrens vernichtet.

Call for Applications – Starter Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates

Call for Applications

The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences now offers 2 Starter Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates.

We welcome applications from candidates aiming to write their doctoral thesis at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences. The school supports scholarship holders through personal mentoring, workshops and support services.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2023.
Scholarships are available from 1 October 2023 for the duration of one year.

Find out more about the application information on the Graduate School’s website

Academic English Writing

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Jonathan Mole (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Writing an academic text is a complex task. It requires knowledge of a range of accepted writing conventions and the ability to construct sentences that are not only idiomatically and grammatically correct but also suitably connected to one another. An awareness of the requirements and a degree of practice are necessary.

This workshop is primarily for people who are in the process of writing an academic text in English – a proposal, abstract, article, thesis etc. It allows you to obtain individual feedback on a text you submit before the workshop. In the workshop, assistance will be given to enable you to self-correct any issues which have been highlighted (structure, understanding, logic, language etc.). In addition, an overview of the important characteristics of academic English writing will be discussed. If required, exercises will be available to highlight topics such as academic style (formality, impersonal and objective language, passive voice, caution, nominalisation); structure of a sentence, paragraph and document level; reporting verbs and their forms; coherence and cohesion; and citation and reference styles.

A requirement of students: Please supply a maximum of 2 pages of text at least two weeks before the workshop begins. English language skills at CEFR level B2/C1 are required.

Recommended literature and pre-reading: None.

You must register for the International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Principles of Data Visualization

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schnitzlein (Leibniz University Hannover & Innside Statistics)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Results of scientific research are often (and increasingly) complex and hard to understand for a non-scientific audience. However, at the same time, the transfer of results from academic research to an outside-academia recipient, for example, politics, private foundations or private firms providing research funding, but also the interested public, gets more and more important. Probably the most important skill in this context is the ability to create good visualization of your main (quantitative data-based) results.

Today, data are everyday companions in almost all scientific and professional fields. The graphical representation of data is both an elementary step in the analysis process and an important component in communicating the results. The course Principles of Data Visualization trains this ability and leads you away from the standard diagrams of common office/statistics packages to clear and concise data representations with the help of many practice-oriented examples. The course consists of 50% lectures and 50% hands-on sessions. The methods trained in this course are applicable to all visualization tasks independent of the applied software package. The exercises in the hands-on sessions can be carried out using your preferred software tool.

Requirement of students: Basic knowledge of empirical (quantitative) social and economic research is beneficial but not strictly necessary.

You must register for the International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Jonas Buche (Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Since publishing the seminal work “The Comparative Method” by Charles Ragin in 1987, set-theoretic methods and especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) have become a common research strategy in the social sciences. Set-theoretic methods analyse cases concerning identifying sufficient and necessary conditions and assume set relations to be equifinal, conjunctural and asymmetric. Since so-called fuzzy sets have been introduced to the method, there has been a rising interest in QCA as a welcome alternative to both small-n case studies and large-n statistical analyses. In short, QCA is recommended if ‘if…then’ hypotheses are analysed, if the goal is to derive sufficient and necessary conditions, if a comparison is planned, and if there is a mid-sized number of cases (between 10 and 60+).

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to QCA and is conceptually and technically oriented. It starts off with an overview of the basics of set theory and demarcates QCA as a case-oriented method from both the quantitative and the interpretive-qualitative research paradigms. The single elements are built into the Truth Table Algorithm through the notion of necessary and sufficient conditions and truth tables. However, this algorithm is not free of problems. Therefore, some pitfalls and strategies on how to overcome them are presented. The software tool fsQCA will be introduced and applied to published studies on the third day.

A requirement of students: No prior knowledge is required. We will use the software fsQCA, which can be downloaded at www.fsqca.com.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

You must register for the International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Questionnaire Design

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schnitzlein (Leibniz University Hannover & Innside Statistics)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: The course provides an overview of the theoretical basics and empirical evidence of questionnaire design. The cognitive process of survey responding, challenges of designing effective survey questions, including proper question wording and optimal response formats, and pretest techniques for evaluating survey questions will be discussed. A practical part will accompany the lecture.

You must register for the International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Case Study Research

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: PD Dr. Kamil Marcinkiewicz

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Case study research is frequently applied in the social sciences. It is particularly popular among political scientists, especially those specialising in area studies. The ubiquity of the case study research contrasts with the scarcity of theoretical reflection on its core methodological aspects. Also, the benefits of comparative analyses are often underestimated. In this course, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about what case study research is, its weaknesses and strengths and how we should go about the core question in designing a case study: a selection of cases. The course combines lectures with practical exercises and discussions of students’ projects.

A requirement for students: Please bring your laptop computer.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Gerring, J. (2007). Case Study Research: Principles and Practices (pp. 17-63). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • George, A. L., & Bennett, A. (2005). Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (pp. 1-34). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Rueschemeyer, D. (2003). Can One or a Few Cases Yield Theoretical Gains? In J. Mahoney and D. Rueschemeyer (Eds.), Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (pp. 305-337) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hall, P.A. (2008). Systematic Process Analysis: When and How to Use it. European Political Science, 7(3), 304-317.

You must register for the International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Writing Your Literature Review

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Sylvia Rohlfer (CUNEF University)

Date: see Workshop Programme

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English

Contents: Regardless of discipline and the original research project, the literature review is a key part of a thesis or article. However, writing a literature review is the most daunting part of writing. Doctoral students often comment that the literature seems (and often is) massive. Hence, it might be helpful to be as systematic as possible when completing this task.

This course will give you practical insights and advice on how to write a literature review effectively. This will include tips, tricks and tools to improve your reading and sorting of the references, synthesise the literature, summarise existing debates and provide advice on presenting reviews effectively. We will also consider your writing habits. The sessions will be practical and require active involvement by students working in groups and getting focused feedback on individual projects.

There are no pre-readings for the course, but participants will be required to complete smaller tasks outside the allotted workshop hours. Before the seminar, participants should send an extended abstract of their research project (two pages max. and in English/German/Spanish) to srohlfer@cunef.edu.

You must register for the International Research Workshop to participate in this course.