Call for Applications: 10 Doctoral Research Positions in the International Research Training Group Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces” (Trier, Montréal, Saarbrücken), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is accepting applications for 10 doctoral research positions (TVL 13, 65%) at Trier University and Saarland University for a fixed-term contract starting 1st April 2019 ending 31st May 2022.

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Diversity” is a joint German-Canadian doctoral education program of the Universität Trier, Universität des Saarlandes, and the Université de Montréal. On the German side, it has its offices at the University of Trier. The IRTG “Diversity” proposes an innovative research program in the contested fields of diversity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism by examining paradigmatic changes and historical transformations in interpreting multicultural realities in North America (Montréal, Québec, Canada, North America) and Europe (Saar-Lor-Lux, Germany, France, Europe) since the 18th century. Focusing on dynamic processes that engender diversity, the IRTG Diversity’s analytical framework offers new perspectives for transnational and area studies as well as cross-cultural research. Through the transversal analytic lenses of politics, practices, and narratives, the IRTG investigates the mediation and translation of cultural differences in micro-, meso- and macro-level empirical constellations. Following the principle of herméneutique croisée, our researchers in Europe focus on the sliding-scaled spatial zones of Montréal – Québec – Canada – North America, while our researchers in Canada focus on the Saar-Lor-Lux region – Germany/France – Europe. We thus are especially interested in PhD projects focusing empirically on Canada and/or Quebec. Projects with a comparative approach are also encouraged.

Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2018.

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