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Start-up Professorship within the Framework of Transcultural Studies

06. Nov. 2012

The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University (Germany) welcomes applications for a Start-up Professorship within the Framework of Transcultural Studies

The Cluster's research focuses on transcultural exchange processes within and between Asia and Europe from historical as well as contemporary perspectives in a challenge to nation-state centered approaches. It aims to develop an integrated methodology for transcultural research that is determined by subject matter rather than academic discipline. The Cluster is embedded in a local and international community of scholars of high renown and offers a vibrant, constantly growing research environment for transcultural studies.

The successful candidate will further develop the transcultural and transdisciplinary research potential of the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"; work to strengthen its capabilities to handle transcultural issues that cross cultural, geographic, linguistic and media borders; and contribute to opening career paths in transcultural studies for promising PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

The professorship will be open in rank from junior professorship to full professorship and limited to five years (“Beamter auf Zeit”). Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized doctoral degree; have a strong publication record of high scholarly acumen with elements connected to the Cluster´s research focus; have achieved international visibility within their field; and have a strong record in research and teaching and their writing of pursuing transcultural and transdisciplinary approaches; success in acquiring external funding is a welcome additional qualification. Fluency in English is required, fluency in German appreciated.

To apply, please submit an outline of the research you propose to undertake during the next five years that includes a plan to apply for external funding; a CV; a list of publications, of successful applications for third party funding, of courses taught, and of the names and contact information of three scholars familiar with your work. Please include a portfolio with a maximum of five of your publications (articles or book chapters), which best represent your research.

Applications from scholars with Asian backgrounds are strongly encouraged. Please note that the University of Heidelberg is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled applicants with the appropriate qualifications will be given preference.
Applications must be submitted online:

The deadline for the application is January 15, 2013.

Applicants are advised to inform themselves about the Cluster´s aim and framework at  or to contact the Cluster´s office for further information via an e-mail to:

Search Committee
Joint Committee for Transcultural Studies
c/o Prof. Dr. Stefan Maul
Karl Jaspers Centre
Building 4400
Voßstraße 2
69115 Heidelberg
phone: ++49-6221-54 40 05
Fax: ++49-6221-54 40 12


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