European U Viadrina: Language Practices in Media Cultures (Germany)


Professor of Language Practices in Media Cultures, Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Frankfurt. Germany. Deadline: 12 February 2023

The Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) invites applications for the position of a Professorship (W3) for Language Practices in Media Cultures. The post holder should represent the study of language practices with an orientation towards cultural sciences / cultural studies. The linguistic profile includes the analysis of structural and pragmatic aspects of language in contemporary media cultures. The focus is interdisciplinary in teaching and research.

The ideal candidate has the following qualifications:
– Outstanding skills in the analysis of language and speech as cultural practice, demonstrated by publications
– Experience in qualitative as well as quantitative analysis of speech or discourse corpora
– Competence in and ability to analyse more than one contemporary language, preferably in at least one Romance language
– Participation in interdisciplinary research in the focus area ‘Media Cultures’ at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences and at the European New School of Digital Studies
– Participation in academic teaching within the study programmes of the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences

Goethe U: Predoctoral Researcher: Transnational Organization of Senior Care, Labour and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe (Germany)

“JobPredoctoral researcher in transnational organization of senior care, labour and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. Deadline: 20 December 2022.

The Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany invites applications for a fixed-term position as a Pre-doctoral researcher in the international project “Researching the transnational organization of senior care, labour and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe” funded by VolkswagenStiftung, starting on 01.03.2023. Employment is limited to a maximum of four years. You will participate in the research work of the collaborative project Researching the transnational organisation of senior care, labour and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe funded by VolkswagenFoundation. You will work in an international team of colleagues from several universities and research institutions. You will contribute to the further development of survey instruments, data collection and analysis (document analysis, expert interviews, field research on the internet and on site in Germany and Poland). In addition, you will be involved in the organisational management of the project. You will also contribute to the dissemination of research results in internationally visible publications. The project provides opportunity for working on an individual PhD project.

You hold a degree (M.A./Diploma) in sociology or a related social science field, have very good knowledge of qualitative research methods and are interested in innovative research methods. You can work independently and have good social skills as well as the ability to work well in a team. The working language within the project is English. Additionally, interviews will be conducted and written texts will be analysed in Polish, so appropriate knowledge of both languages is required. German language skills are an additional advantage.


Goethe U: East Asian Studies Postdoc (Germany)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Deadline: 11 December 2022.

The Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies at the Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts is seeking to fill the position of one Postdoctoral Researcher from 01.01.2023 for the duration of the project until 31.12.2025. You are expected to do your own research on migration decisions of Japanese migrants in Germany within the joint EU-funded project AspirE (Decision Making of Aspiring (Re)Migrants to/within the EU: The Case of Labour Market-Leading Migrations from Asia).

Your tasks include working on a qualitative research project in collaboration with the PI (and supported by a research assistant), including:

  • researching the socio-legal context of Japanese migration to Germany (policy analysis)
  • conducting and analyzing expert interviews, group discussions and semi-structured interviews
  • carrying out social network mapping using an open access platform
  • collecting video diaries among selected study participants
  • working with the project partners in the EU as well as
  • publishing the results

    Requirements are successfully completed university studies (master degree) and a successfully completed doctorate in social sciences or area studies. You also need to show a proven interest in the field of migration studies in the German and/or Japanese context (e.g. through publications) as well as interdisciplinary studies and excellent methodological skills in qualitative research. In addition, background knowledge on, experience or interest in the psychological, emotional or affective dimensions of migration are required. Japanese language skills required.

CFP Cosmopolitanism in a Postdigital, Postmigrant Europe, and Beyond (Germany but Online)

ConferencesCall for papers: Cosmopolitanism in a Postdigital, Postmigrant Europe, and Beyond, Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively, Germany but Online, 26 June-7 July 2023. Abstract Deadline: 31 January 2023.

The idea of cosmopolitanism remains multifaceted and fit for purpose. It may be seen, for example, as a philosophical concept, or viewed as a theoretical and empirical tool used to describe and understand contemporary society, culture and interculturality. But cultural theory and empirical research have not remained stagnant, and a number of recent ideas have been proered as further theoretical and empirical tools. These include the concepts of postdigitality and postmigrancy. The “post” in these terms does not denote an end (of digitality or migration), but the transformation of a society indissolubly interwoven with digitality and migration. Similarly, the term postmigration implies that the structures of society have been fundamentally altered by migratory processes; supposedly clear dichotomies of “migrant” /“native” or “assimilated” /“segregated” become dissolved, while established distributions of resources and power structures have increasingly been called into question and become renegotiated. Indeed, the mere fact of continuously shaping a (post)migrant society and of being immersed in super-diversity with cultural and linguistic implications needs to be accepted. Thus, the new theoretical and empirical postmigrant and postdigital realities call for new perspectives on the concept of cosmopolitanism and adjoining concepts, such as Europeanism. These ideas, though very applicable to European societies and lifeworlds, are not limited to Europe but are found and may be investigated in a variety of contexts.

A Comedian’s Take on Cultural Differences

Intercultural Pedagogy

Sundermann, Killian. (21 October 2021). Irish and German people offering things. Twitter.

I just ran across this very cute video where comedian Killian Sundermann demonstrates the difference between German and Irish ways of offering cake, and the confusion that ensues.

For further information about the video, which went viral and resulted in 10 million views, watch the 4-minute version, which includes an interview with Sundermann. He grew up in Ireland with German parents, and so obviously has a good sense of how cultural differences can be displayed through interaction. Apparently the incident with the cake is based on reality. He says “I’m really just stealing my family’s stories.”

Weekend Breakfast with Alison Curtis. (3 November 2021). Killian Sundermann chats to Alison Curtis. Today FM.

Either video would make a good classroom resource for teaching about intercultural communication. See also KC1: Intercultural dialogue, and KC5: Intercultural communication.



Introducing ICD in Kindergarten (Germany)

Applied ICD

In a few locations within Germany, interfaith cooperation is leading to Christian/Muslim or Christian/Jewish/Muslim kindergartens.

Gifhorn – a small town in Lower Saxony – started Germany’s first Christian/Muslim kindergarten in 2018, after several years of planning and organization.

The vision fostered by local religious leaders sees kindergarten as a novel form of institutionalised dialogue, producing “conflict mediators” and “resilient children” who are “less prone to violence”.

An opposition campaign by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) backfired, and actually ended up increasing enrollment in the school. For a well-balanced report, and links to information about several other interfaith kindergartens in Germany, see the Emmerich article.

Source: Emmerich, Arndt-Walter. (2022). Germany’s first Christian-Muslim kindergarten.

FH Münster: Intercultural Management & Corporate Communications (Germany)

“JobProfessorship in Intercultural Management and Corporate Communications, Institute of Business Administration and Engineering, FH Münster, Germany. Deadline: 20 November 2022.

You will teach the subject of “Intercultural Management and Corporate Communication” through courses for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. You will promote the factor of interdisciplinary collaboration by working closely and confidentially with your ITB colleagues and ITB technical departments. By acquiring and implementing application-oriented projects, you will also make an important contribution to general research strengths. You will teach in Münster, Steinfurt, and at FH Münster’s study sites, as well as in part-time study programmes (usually on Saturdays).

Humboldt Research Fellowships (Germany)

FellowshipsHumboldt Research Fellowships, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. Deadline: Selection committee meets March, July, and September each year, and you should apply well in advance.

The Humboldt Research Fellowship is available to researchers of all nationalities and research areas, at either the postdoctoral or experienced researcher level, to conduct research in Germany. Through the Humboldt Research Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors researchers with above-average qualifications from across the globe. The fellowship enables you to conduct your own research at various stages of your career in collaboration with a host at a German research institution of your choice. Hosts may apply for a subsidy towards research costs.


Benefit from research sponsorship in Germany at the beginning of your academic career. The Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers enables you to conduct research in Germany. The monthly fellowship amount is €2,670. Fellowships may last from 6 to 24 months.

Experienced researchers

You can still apply for research sponsorship in Germany even if you are already well advanced in your academic career. The Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers enables you to conduct research in Germany. The fellowship amount is €3,170. Fellowships may last from 6 to 18 months and can be divided into up to three stays within three years.


Justus Liebig U: Studentships in Intercultural Communication & Business (Germany)


PHD Candidate and Research Assistant positions, Intercultural Communication and Business, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. Deadline: 18 August 2022.

Founded in 1607, Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is a research university rich in tradition. They are currently offering two part-time positions (50 %), for PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in the field of Intercultural Communication and Business. The position is to be filled on a fixed-term basis at the Chair of Intercultural Communication and Business, Department of English at the Faculty of Language, Literature, Culture. As long as the maximum permissible duration of a fixed-term contract is not exceeded, you will be employed for an initial period of 3 years. An extension for up to another 2 years is possible under the above-mentioned condition.

Applications from people with a strong international academic background are particularly encouraged.

Your tasks at a glance:

  • Conduct research at the interface of two or more of the following areas: intercultural communication and education, intercultural/international management, HR development and organizational develop­ment, migration and integration, media innovation and social entrepreneurship – with a focus on China and Asia.
  • Prepare and teach seminars and tutorials in undergraduate and graduate programs: teaching responsi­bilities – totaling two hours per week during each semester – include examination duties and student supervision
  • Develop and conduct a PhD research project
  • Assist the Chair with academic self-administration

Friedrich Schiller U Jena: Intercultural Communication, Mobility, Diversity (Germany)


Professorship in Intercultural Communication with a Focus on Mobility and Diversity, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. Deadline: 9 September 2022.

The applicant should have an outstanding, thematically relevant, doctorate in intercultural communication in particular with regard to its social and cultural-scientific reference disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, social or cultural geography). The candidate should have an outstanding international reputation in one of the following areas in intercultural communication: a) global mobility and migration, b) diversity and processes of integration and inclusion in societal diversification. The candidate should be willing to extend his/her/their research agenda towards the second area, as both areas are fundamental for the tenure track procedure.

He/She/They should display potential for successful international publication activity as well as for high-quality teaching in a Bachelor‘s and Master‘s programs: Intercultural Business Communication (BA), Intercultural Music – and Event Management (BA), Intercultural Human Resource Development and Communication Management (MA), and our international double-degree programs. The language of instruction is mainly German. Candidate is expected to be open towards digital teaching concepts and have experience in intercultural training and learning contexts, international experience and the supervision of students and PhD-students.

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