Doctoral Scholarships – Research Groups Sociology of Law, Democracy and Statehood and Macro-Violence, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: October 1, 2019


The Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) offers up to seven fellowships for doctoral projects that can be assigned to one of three HIS research groups: the Research Group on the Sociology of Law (in cooperation with the Chair for Sociology of Law at the University of Bern) (3 scholarships), the Research Group on Democracy and Statehood (2 scholarships), or the Research Group on Macro-Violence (2 fellowships). Particularly welcome are proposals for doctoral projects that are concerned with government practices, legal consciousness and resistance at the margins of the state, and are – while based in the fields of sociology, history, political science, law or ethnology – seeking an interdisciplinary context for discussion. The HIS is a private research institution where researchers from various disciplines engage with socio-politically and historically relevant issues. The doctoral scholarships contribute to an expansion and sharpening of existing theoretical and empirical research at the HIS. We particularly welcome projects that critically examine concepts, practices and history of the state and state authority, the negotiation of the rule of law and domination, as well as protest movements and phenomena of violence. This explicitly includes studies focusing both on the Global South and on the transatlantic “West”. In terms of theory, current research at the HIS is guided by, for example, action-related theories of domination, the “practical turn” in political science and sociology, current sociological research on violence, ethnographic studies of “law in action” or debates in political anthropology. The institute offers a constructive atmosphere for research and discussion with regular joint events (such as talks, workshops, colloquia) and provides funding opportunities for publications. Successful applicants are characterized by innovative approaches, focus on under-researched topics and/or examine well-researched empirical phenomena with new theoretical approaches. Applicants are invited to conceptually locate their projects in one or more of the research groups. The following application documents – in either German or English, both are equally welcome – must be submitted in a bundled PDF document by e-mail to bewerbung@his-online.de: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, an academic work sample (master thesis, term paper), a transcript of records or equivalent certificate with individual grade overview for all courses completed and an outline of the proposed doctoral project (3 to 4 pages).

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Posted: August 14, 2019