Within the research network “Soviet Ambivalences”, the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) at the University of Vienna is looking for a postdoc (part-time, 65% FTE). Duration of employment: three years.
The research network "Soviet Ambivalences: Diaspora Nationalities between Collective Discrimination and Individual Normalization, 1953-2023" studies the experiences of Germans and Jews at the peripheries of the post-Stalinist Soviet Union, and the effects of this “Soviet baggage” in the present. Our common research focuses on individual everyday practices and belongings, migrations within and beyond the Soviet Union, as well as the memory of late socialism and the reconstitution of community in the context of post-Soviet emigration.
Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation for three years, the network joins together scholars and institutions inside and outside of Lower Saxony with expertise in the field of Soviet diaspora nationalities and migrations: the Chair for Modern East European History at Georg-August-University Göttingen (Prof. Dr. Anke Hilbrenner), the Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe, Oldenburg (PD Dr. Hans-Christian Petersen, apl. Prof. Dr. Matthias Weber), the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e.V.) at the University of Hamburg, located in Lüneburg (apl. Prof. Dr. Victor Dönninghaus, Prof. Dr. Joachim Tauber), and the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) at the Universität of Vienna (apl. Prof. Dr. Jannis Panagiotidis).
The Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) uses the post-1989 transformations in Central and Eastern Europe as a starting point for the study of social, economic and cultural transformations in a European and global perspective. The transformation of the economy and society mobilizes people whose migrations, in turn, trigger transformation processes in their countries of origin and destination and create new transnational spaces “in-between.” RECET deals with these issues within its research are “Migration and Transnationalism.” For detailed information on RECET and its research areas see https://recet.at.
Duration of employment: 3 year/s
Extent of Employment: 26 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.
- Conceptualize and implement a project on the topic “Old and new forms of community among post-Soviet immigrants in the city of Osnabrück.”
- Publication of research results
- Regular participation in network meetings
- Regular participation in the activities of RECET
- PhD in Cultural Studies/Anthropology, History or neighboring disciplines
- Knowledge of Soviet, Russian-German and Russian-Jewish history
- Preferably acquaintance with migration studies and/or transformation studies
- Very good written and oral skills in German and Russian
- Good English language skills
- Ability to work in a team, openness to interdisciplinary approaches
Please submit the following documents (all in one PDF file):
- Cover letter
- List of publications
- Short outline (2-3 pp.) of your approach to the project