FZH-Fellowship in Contemporary Urban History

The Research Centre for Contemporary History in Hamburg (Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg – FZH), in cooperation with the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS), invites applications for up to three fellowships on urbanity and urban history in a contemporary historical perspective. The invitation is subject to the release of funds by the Ministry of Science, Research, Equality and Districts of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. This call aims at scholars working at universities or research institutions outside of Germany. Fellowships should commence in 2024. The duration of the fellowships is up to four months.

The FZH conducts research on the history of the twentieth century with a focus on the history of Hamburg and Northern Germany and special emphasis on National Socialism and its remembrance after 1945, the urban history of Hamburg since the 1950s, and contemporary history since the 1970s. The FZH has been operating since 1997 in the form of a foundation under private law, supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Since 2000, it has been an academic institution at the University of Hamburg. The director of the FZH holds a professorship at the History Department of the University. The institute maintains a research library, an archive, and an extensive oral history collection.

The Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study e.V. (HIAS) is a publicly funded non-profit association founded in 2019 and jointly supported by nine Hamburg academic institutions. HIAS offers scholars of all disciplines and career stages as well as artists fellowships to carry out projects of their own choosing.

The FZH-Fellowship in Contemporary Urban History is supposed to strengthen the international network of the institute and is therefore open to early postdoctoral researchers and senior researchers (advanced postdocs, professors) with a record of accomplishment of research in contemporary urban history or neighbouring disciplines. We are particularly interested in methodologically and thematically innovative projects in urban history since the 1970s. Topics include but are not limited to politics and administration of the modern city – and various forms of participation of its citizens –, urban economy, city-wide and district-related urban identities, aspects of spatial and social mobility as well as urban culture and subculture. Comparative projects are particularly welcome. A focus on the history of Hamburg is not required for an application.

We offer Fellows the opportunity to work on their individual research projects and actively engage with the scholarly community at the FZH, the HIAS, and other academic institutions in Hamburg. They participate in public events and colloquia at the FZH and the HIAS and benefit from various opportunities for transdisciplinary exchange and networking. The FZH encourages the use of its research library and its archive as well as other libraries, archives, and research institutions in Hamburg. There are no teaching obligations.

The fellowships entail roundtrip economy travel to Hamburg, a monthly stipend based on current salary, housing at the guesthouse of the Hamburg University – subject to availability – or a housing allowance, and office space. Health insurance assistance can be provided.

Applications may be submitted in English and should include:

  • A cover letter outlining the applicant’s motivation and the link between his or her research and the thematic focus of the FZH as well as information on the preferred date of the research visit.
  • Description of the planned research project (max. 1,000 words).
  • CV including a list of relevant publications.

Please send your application electronically as one file (pdf format) via Email to Dr. Christoph Strupp at: strupp@zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de by August 10, 2023.

For further information on the FZH and its current research focus, see our website at: https://zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de/home.html, for further information on the HIAS, see: https://hias-hamburg.de/.

For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Christoph Strupp (Email: strupp@zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de; Tel.: ++49 40 43139732).

Job: Research fellow, Post-Doc (m/f/d), TU Berlin/CMS

Application deadline: 16. January 2023

Contract type fulltime, fixed-term until 31.12.2025

Grade 13 TV-L TU

Start date 01.04.2023

Number of positions 1

Location: Faculty of the Humanities and Educational Sciences – Center for Metropolitan Studies – Berlin University Alliance (BUA) Grand Challenge Initiative Global Health Exploration Project “Re-Scaling Global Health. Human Health and Multispecies Cohabitation on an Urban Planet” (ReHealth)

About the project

The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) funded Grand Challenge Initiative Global Health Exploration Project “Re-Scaling Global Health. Human Health and Multispecies Cohabitation on an Urban Planet” (ReHealth) investigates urban human-animal-environment relationships and how they affect human health in urban spaces in a comparative international context. More specifically, we look at the intersections of urban biodiversity, infectious diseases, and urban pollution through a selection of distinct urban case studies to explore possible pathways towards healthier and more multispecies equitable cities.

Our project brings together an interdisciplinary team of urban scholars from the social sciences, the humanities, urban design and planning fields with ecologists and virologists to work towards conceptualizing and empirically examining the complex relationship between human health and the urban environment through four thematic fields: (1) Global/Planetary Urban Health, (2) The Health Effects of Biophilic Cities, (3) Cities and Infectious Diseases, and (4) Urban Pollution and Multispecies Health.

This position is advertised for the subproject 1 “Global/Planetary Urban Health” led by Professors Dorothee Brantz and Jörg Niewöhner. We are seeking a critical social scientist to examine the complex relationship between human health, biodiversity, pollution and urban development. The proposed project should be situated at the nexus between questions of multispecies urbanism and planetary health either from a historical or contemporary perspective. Possible project topics could include but are not limited to the history of the urban heat island effect, which reaches back to the early 19th century, and its impact on urban environments; the conscious integration of and attention to biodiversity in urban green space planning; the effects of industrial pollution on urban biodiversity; the regeneration of urban rivers and its attention to questions of biodiversity and multispecies health; or general conceptual questions concerning the linkages between global/planetary health and multispecies urbanism.  The candidate will be based at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin but will also be part of a larger interdisciplinary research team working collaboratively across different urban sites.

Job description

  • Pursue your proposed research project.
  • Contribution to the development of theoretical concepts and comparative themes across the case studies in close exchange with the wider project team
  • Collaborate with the PI and colleagues at CMS, the ReHealth team, and transdisciplinary partner organisations
  • Prepare individual and collaborative manuscripts for publication (esp. for submission to peer-review journals)
  • Present research results at conferences and public events
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects within the wider focus of the ReHealth project incl. assistance with third-party funding applications
  • Contribution to the management of the ReHealth project
  • Co-organise international workshops and lecture series 
  • Contribution to teaching (according to LVVO)

Requirements

  • Completed PhD/DPhil in a relevant subject area (urban studies, urban anthropology, urban history, political ecology, environmental history, science and technology studies, or other related fields)
  • Excellent English language skills (incl. academic writing) as well as oral proficiency in the language of the selected region for the empirical case study
  • Research experience involving qualitative methods in urban contexts
  • Prior research experience with urban environmental or urban health topics (especially through publications)

Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience of, and enthusiasm for, working collaboratively across academic disciplines
  • Knowledge of contemporary scientific debates in the fields global and planetary health, urban political ecology, multispecies studies, science and technology studies, environmental and medical geography/anthropology.  
  • Prior experience with transdisciplinary research and working with stakeholders and the public in different formats (esp. living labs)
  • Experience in using multimodal and creative methods

We offer

The Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin is an international, transdisciplinary research center with an strong scientific and educational track record. We are dynamic team working in close cooperation with the other PIs and especially with Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner, Director of the Integrative Research Institute Transformations of Human-Environment-Systems (THESys).

The Berlin University Alliance offers an excellent and international research environment characterized by highly inter- and transdisciplinary research. The BUA Global Health Exploration Projects aim to develop the topic of Global and Planetary Health for Berlin long-term together with stakeholders, thus offering the candidate the possibility to develop a research track record beyond the three years.

How to apply

For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brantz (dorothee.brantz@metropolitanstudies.de) or Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner (joerg.niewoehner@hu-berlin.de)

Applications should include

  • A cover letter
  • A 5-6 page project statement that explains your interest in the BUA project and explains your individual planned research project during the period of the fellowship. This should include the description of the topic, central question and hypothesis; empirical and conceptual positioning of the project, providing information on the state of the art of existing research, approach and method, as well as information about your goals within the timeframe of the fellowship (qualification goals, publications etc.)
  • Your full CV including the contact details of two referees
  • Copies of the two most relevant publications
  • Copies of relevant certificates.

The application should be sent to the Center for Metropolitan Studies of the TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brantz, Hardenbergstraße 16-18, 10623 Berlin or preferably via E-Mail as a PDF-file (max. 10 MB) to info@metropolitanstudies.de.

TU Berlin is an equal opportunity employer who encourages diversity and seeks applications independent of ethnic background or sexual orientation. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential consideration. Since we cannot return any documents, please submit copies in the application only.

FZH-Fellowship in Contemporary Urban History

The Research Centre for Contemporary History in Hamburg (Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg – FZH), in cooperation with the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS), invites applications for two or three fellowships on urbanity and urban history in a contemporary historical perspective. The fellowships are funded by the Ministry of Science, Research, Equality and Districts of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. This call aims primarily at scholars working at universities or research institutions outside of Germany. Fellowships should commence in 2023. The duration of the fellowships is up to four months.

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