2 Post doc Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz
From 2018-2020, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz will
host a Research Group funded by the Balzan Prize that was awarded in 2017 to Aleida
and Jan Assmann for their work on Cultural Memory. The topic of research project will
“Reconstructing Memory in the City – Transnational and Local (European) Sites
of Memory ”
European memory is often conceived of as a supra-national memory to be shaped and
imposed in a top down process. The focus of our project, however, will be on the
dynamics of collective memory as it is shaped by initiatives and movements from
below. Emphasis will be put on (European) cities and local actors that respond to new
social, political and cultural challenges in their built environment. A basic tenet of the
project is that towns and cities are a crucial context for the negotiation of the past in a
time of radical change. We encourage investigations that study the emergence of new
memory practices that reshape collective memory and identity in the age of
globalization and migration at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Institute for Advanced Study (“Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg”) is part of the
Center of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” established in 2006 at
the University of Konstanz to support innovative research in the humanities in an
interdisciplinary context. Each year, the Institute hosts scholars from different fields and
countries. The Balzan Team will be part of this group and profit from interdisciplinary
exchange and discussions, as well as from the infrastructure of the Institute with its
The Balzan Project Call invites applications for the following fellowships:
Fellowship period: 24 months within the academic years 2018/2019 and 2019/20.
(Given particular circumstances, an extension of the fellowship for an additional period
of 12 months can be considered.)
Start of residence: 1 April 2018
The fellowship is 2000 € monthly. In addition, arrival and departure costs will be
covered. The Institute will help in finding appropriate and affordable accommodation.
An office will be provided at the Institute, Bischofsvilla Otto-Adam-Strasse 5, 78464
Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements. Their applications should be
directly related to the thematic orientation of the Balzan Research Project. Full-time
residence is required.
The Balzan researchers are expected to publish the results of their studies in bookform
and/or articles. Costs of publication will be supported by the foundation. They are
further expected to assist the directors (Aleida and Jan Assmann) in preparing and
coordinating workshops and guest lectures, as well as an international symposium in
the frame of the Balzan project.
Required application documents as one single PDF file:
Length: a maximum of 10 pages (not counting certificates and list of publications), font
size 12, Times New Roman, line-spacing 1.5.
• Cover letter (please include a description of the reasons for wishing to pursue
research as part of the Balzan team, ma. 2 p.)
a. Summary (max. 15 lines)
b. Detailed description of planed research project at Konstanz (ca. 5 p.)
• Detailed CV (ca. 2 p.)
• List of publications
• Abstract of Ph.D. thesis (max. 1 p.)
• PhD certificate
Information on the “Cultural Foundations of Integration” Center of Excellence can be
found at: https://www.exzellenzcluster.uni-konstanz.de, on the Institute for Advanced
Study Konstanz: https://www.exzellenzcluster.uni-konstanz.de/kolleg.html .
Deadline: Please send your application (in German or English) by January 10, 2018
(24:00 hrs. CEST) to: email@example.com
Contact: Aleida Assmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jan Assmann (email@example.com).