The Europainstitut (Institute for European Global Studies) of the University of Basel, Switzerland, welcomes applications for three Visiting Fellowships (three months, starting in spring or in autumn) in the field of European Global Studies, with special focus on the topic area “Performing Knowledge: The Politics and Economics of European Studies." The Institute for European Global Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute at Switzerland’s oldest university, the University of Basel. It develops new interdisciplinary concepts and methodologies designed to critically examine European integration as well as the relations that have shaped Europe in connection with other continents. The Institute welcomes applications from researchers who are interested in investigating actors and agencies in global contexts and who enjoy adopting a conceptual approach beyond the nation-state.
Applications should be in line with the Institute’s general research perspective on Europe in its global contexts and engage with a project from the topic area of “Performing Knowledge: The Politics and Economics of European Studies." During the last decade, calls to put the academic study of Europe on a new theoretical footing have become more frequent, as established patterns of interpretation have lost analytic purchase in the face of fundamental economic, social and political crises. Various relational approaches to Europe have surfaced in academic debates on the nature and research focus of European Studies. Since the academic study of Europe is not entirely independent of economic and political interests, there is a need to advance empirical and theoretical work on European Studies. The Institute therefore welcomes proposals which focus on European Studies as object of research, understood as a global phenomenon, and its linkages to the worlds of economy and politics. This may include, but is not limited to, approaches from within anthropology, sociology, political science, history, law, or economics. Applications on “Performing Knowledge” should be related to one of the following fields:
Prospective Visiting Fellows will benefit from the excellent academic conditions and exchange with international colleagues. They need to have completed their PhD and have an established track record in the research field of Europe in its global contexts. In addition, they should have cultivated the ability to think beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines. A Fellow’s project should provide a fresh contribution for his/her field of expertise, also in terms of methodological input. Visiting Fellows should be keen to share and discuss their research. The Institute for European Global Studies strongly encourages women scholars to apply. The Fellowship includes funding.
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