University of Zurich, URPP Asia and Europe
Research position at the doctoral level in research field 3 “Norms and Social Order(s)”
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The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe of the University of Zurich explores exchanges and encounters between Asia and Europe that have taken and continue to take place in the areas of culture, law, religion and society. It promotes research by junior graduate scholars at both doctoral and post-doctoral levels within a structured and interdisciplinary research environment. The URPP consists of three research fields, i.e. “Concepts and Taxonomies”, “Entangled Histories”, and “Norms and Social Order(s)”.
We invite applications for
2–3 research positions at the doctoral level in research field 3 “Norms and Social Order(s)”
Starting date: 1 September 2013
Applicants should submit an original research project related to the following research projects:
1) Political Protest, Circulating Norms and the Political Economy of Land in South Asia
This project looks into forms of protest against land grabbing and land colonization in South Asia. We start from the premise that the political economy of land in South Asia forms part of a specific mode of governing through a state of exception, in which different forms of property rights are contested and negotiated. The project will look into the formation of transnational networks (forms of protest) and the transnational circulation of norms, ideas and practices (between Asia and Europe) that are mobilized to legitimate political protest and uprising or, conversly, to justify territorial claims and related political and even military interventions by state and non-state actors alike.
2) Reconfiguring Citizenship in the Arab World
Recent developments in the Arab world have renewed academic interest in types of contentious action and patterns of popular mobilization in the region. Since the events of the so-called Arab spring, challenging authoritarianism and opposing social inequalities in the name of justice, dignity and liberty have been effective devices for reclaiming political participation. The language of transnational human rights and civil rights has been of utmost importance in this context. However, current developments in several countries of the region point not only to the force of resistance of certain groups and centres of power, but also indicate the re-emergence of profound ideological cleavages inside as well as outside the state apparatus. What seems to be at stake is the relationship between subjects and the state in terms of political belonging as well as in terms of access to rights and resources. At the same time, the fact that mobilization has been fostered by a multitude of communicational tools – ranging from personal networks and established organizations to new social media and from image politics to artistic forms of public expression – raises questions as to the role of mediatization in political protest. Focusing on the changing course of protest and conflict, the project will be devoted to conflicting claims to citizenship and to the contested character of its institutionalization.
Questions that could be addressed under this perspective are:
- What is the role played by mediatization in shaping concepts and practices of citizenship?
- How is public space used by different actors for the inclusion or exclusion of groups and their political demands?
- What are the strategies employed by protesters and the authorities to visualize political protest?
- How is citizenship politically and legally re-configured?
According to the disciplinary background of the candidate and the thematic focus of the proposal, the PhD project will be assigned to legal studies or Islamic / Middle Eastern studies. Projects with a focus on gender are especially encouraged.
Requirements: M.A. or equivalent academic degree qualifying the candidate to submit a PhD thesis in one of the following disciplines: Chinese studies, East Asian art history, Gender studies, general and comparative literature, geography, history, Indian studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Japanese studies, law, political science, social and cultural anthropology, study of religion, theology.
Candidates are expected to enroll in the URPP’s graduate program (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Asia and Europe), where discussions are conducted in German and/or English. Candidates should therefore have adequate knowledge of German or be ready to acquire the necessary language skills upon notice of election.
Employment conditions: 50% PhD-position at the University of Zurich for the duration of three years at most. The salary is according to the University’s regulations for PhD-students. PhD dissertations are to be submitted at the University of Zurich.
We offer: a stimulating, demanding and competitive disciplinary and interdisciplinary research environment (4 faculties, 14 disciplines).
Applicationsshould be submitted electronically in a single PDF-Document by 15 February 2013 according to the application guidelines published on our website (www.asienundeuropa.uzh.ch/aboutus/application.html). Please send them to the following email address:
Contact: Dr. Inge Ammering, URPP Asia and Europe, Executive Manager, Tel.: +41 44 634 07 38
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