Beyond Borders invites applications from Ph.D. students worldwide studying borders and bordering phenomena in different regions of the world. Both empirical research based on extensive fieldwork and projects centered on theoretical reflection are eligible for support. Innovative and challenging research questions as well as comparative approaches are highly welcome. There are Start-up scholarships, PHD Scholarships, and Dissertation completion scholarships.
The migration of people is intimately connected to the migration of knowledge and culture. However, strong international borders still define what is considered national literature, art, or history and which artists, writers, and thinkers from which parts of the world gain global recognition. We invite project applications that explore how national and international canons are produced and changed. Under what conditions do knowledge and culture circulate easily, and when are they blocked? What powers and interests are served when canons are defined? How do museums, universities, archives, and libraries change when traditional intellectual and cultural power centers are displaced or decentered?
Questions concerning borders, migration, knowledge production and circulation as well as social and cultural transfers across nations are the focus of the current call for applications for Ph.D. scholarships. They encourage applications for projects concentrating on following aspects, although other topics will also be considered: trajectories of migration and mobility of cultural and intellectual production; social and cultural dimensions of borders; cultural borders and their manifestation in arts and cultural production; circulation of ideas and knowledge; the changing understanding of the “national”; transnational and global cultural institutions and canons; decolonizing decoloniality – what is a decentered approach to producing, disseminating, teaching about and acting upon knowledge in more equitable ways.
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (Department for SocioCultural Diversity) is seeking to appoint Research fellows (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen) at the postdoctoral level. The starting date should be 1 June 2022. Contracts will be full-time for 3 years.
Successful applicants will pursue own research interests and cooperate with team members on projects relating to:
ambivalences of diversity assent
contested categories of difference
recognition and equality of disadvantaged populations (following on from Institute projects on urban diversity policies and political organizations
In line with the departmental focus, projects should relate to European or African contexts.
There is a separate call for a postdoc for the Max Planck Research Group Ageing in a Time of Mobility, with a start date of Spring 2022. This is a global and interdisciplinary project that investigates the interconnections between two key phenomena in the twenty-first century: ageing populations and global migration, and the new social transformations that they jointly shape. The group explores how older persons are embedded in global and translocal networks and communities and how inequalities, restrictive border regimes, and processes of displacement shape experiences of ageing and intergenerational relationships. The group focusses on the migration and mobility experiences of older populations in regions of the world that are rapidly ageing, but which have been less visible in research agendas – Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabrück University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to head the Junior Research Group “The Production of Knowledge about Migration.” The position is to be filled as soon as possible for a period of 3 years. Established in 2019, this junior research group investigates the conditions and consequences of the scholarly production of knowledge about migration. The focus of their work is on the practices of production and circulation of knowledge about the spatial movement of people. These practices are investigated at the intersections of science and politics, administration and the public. The junior research group aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of social processes of self-understanding and practices in dealing with migration, diversity and difference, and to develop reflexive perspectives for migration research in the social and cultural sciences.
The German Chancellor Fellowship sponsors future decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders – regardless of industry. You are invited to apply if you:
hold Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, Russian, South African or American citizenship
work in a field such as politics, business, media, administration, society or culture and have demonstrable initial leadership experience
will have completed your first academic degree (Bachelor or comparable degree) no more than twelve years ago. The key date for calculating this twelve-year period is 1 October of the year in which the selection is made.
want to conduct an independently developed project with a host of your choice in Germany
The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. It is jointly run by the Bonn International Center for Conversion, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (University of Osnabrück) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. FFVT fellowships are granted to researchers or academics from abroad or with a refugee background working in the field of forced migration and refugee studies to support guest stays at (mainly) one of the collaborative partners of FFVT. Fellowship allowances include a monthly scholarship and travel costs for 2–6 months between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.
The ‘House of Religions – Dialogue of Cultures’ is unique in the world as a place that unifies eight religious communities as well as a space dedicated to the dialogue with the public under one roof. Since its opening in December 2014, the House of Religions at Europaplatz (Place of Europe) in Bern welcomes five religious communities that hitherto had no dignified premises. Thus Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Alevis and Buddhists have found their own sanctuary and keep learning to live together. Three other religious communities – Jews, Baha’i and Sikhs – take part in the program by groups of dialogue.
The heart of the house is the dialogue area, which is dedicated to educational services, activities for families and young people, exhibitions, lectures and round tables. A variety of cultural activities and culinary events organised by the Vanakam Restaurant complete the program. The goal is to reach more than just the peaceful coexistence. As a laboratory of living together we invite all interested people – religious or not – to experience and maintain a dialogue beyond the frontiers of religion, language and culture.
Berlin is soon to become home to something truly unique. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are building a house of worship together – bringing a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof. The three separate sections will be linked by a communal room in the center of the building. This will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the religions and each other.
The House of One on Petriplatz, the medieval birthplace of Berlin, aims to add a new and hopeful chapter to the diverse history of this city. It is being built on the foundations of Berlin’s oldest church (12th century). The architects are Kuehn Malvezzi, who provide detailed drawings of the design.
Language development and education in multilingual settings
Language diversity in formal and informal settings
Multilingual learning motivation in a foreign language context
Linguistic (as well as cultural and social) diversity are basic characteristics of today’s societies. Their causes include, among others, increasing migration, globalisation, new technical possibilities of communication, and interactions across traditional borders. Using three nations with significant migration – Australia, China and Germany – as examples, we will explore how increasing diversity affects education and social participation, and what policies and discourses have been developed in response to linguistic diversity. Despite their different socio-political traditions in dealing with migration, the challenges and responses to linguistic diversity in the three countries share many similarities. Central among these is that linguistic diversity continues to be a central factor in social exclusion in the three countries.
The Summer School is suitable for graduate students and will be taught by a group of academics from Hamburg University (Germany), Macquarie University (Australia), Fudan University (China), and several other Asian, European, and North American universities. The fee of Euro200 also includes one week of German language lessons! Discounts are available for students from partner universities, and scholarships for students from low-income countries.
For the past ten years, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have invited organizations around the world to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award. The two partners have used this award to support innovative projects promoting intercultural understanding.
This year, the focus will primarily be on projects promoting gender equality, countering violent extremism, hatred, and prejudices, and advocating for art, culture, and sports as vehicles for social cohesion and diversity.
To leverage the social impact of the selected projects, all ten finalists will receive the same financial assistance. For this reason, with the support of the consulting firm Accenture, the partners have increased the financial award to USD 200,000. In addition, the finalists will receive individual and professional consulting and participate in various training sessions and workshops. Recipients will also have access to “Intercultural Leaders”, an exclusive skills and knowledge-sharing platform developed by UNAOC and BMW Group for civil society organizations and young leaders working on promoting intercultural dialogue worldwide.
Marlena Pompino, MA, is Assistant to the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Projects at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
Marlena Pompino has an undergraduate double major in English Studies, focusing on Linguistics, and Economic Sciences, with a minor in Intercultural German Studies. She spent her final year in Namibia, in order to learn more about that beautiful continent and its diverse cultures, tribes, and people. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Media and Communication Management from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Her thesis was titled: Interculturality: Between real diversity and fake stereotypes – a comparative content analysis of corporate content communication around the world.