Postdoctoral Fellowships in Berlin: Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to five postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2020/21 for the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).

Closing Date: January 4, 2020 / Location: Berlin, Germany.

Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of a growing network of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in and outside of Berlin. EUME supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history and life of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame. EUME is interested in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East, in re-imaginations of the past and present that contribute to free, pluralistic and just societies.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:

  • supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East;
  • re-examining genealogical notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and 'purity' in relation to culture and society; 
  • rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity and future in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political divisions and entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) supports and rests upon interconnected research fields and themes:

Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures

directed by Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Department for Arabic Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Samah Selim (Rutgers University) reassesses literary entanglements and processes of translation and canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions

directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (both Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) contributes to the debate on plurality, migration, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean.

Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives

directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva) tries to rethink key concepts of modernity in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East in order to contribute to a more inclusive language of culture, politics and community.

Politics of Change, Archaeologies of the Present, and Processes of Change in the Middle East

are research themes that emerged during the last years and are represented by the work of several EUME Fellows and members of the Collegium (e.g. Cilja Harders, Friederike Pannewick, Rachid Ouaissa).

These research fields and themes mark the framework for the fellowship program that constitutes EUME. Since 1997, more than 280 scholars from and of the Middle East have been EUME Fellows, who, by their scholarly projects, engagement, and their questions relating to the order of knowledge, society and politics, shape the academic program of EUME.


The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME). Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below or connected to the Forum Transregionale Studien.

The fellowships start on 1 October 2020 and will end on 31 July 2021. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurance, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with own funding. The working language of EUME is English.

Application Procedure

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of:

  • the application cover sheet (please download the form here as DOC or PDF);
  • a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship;
  • the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).

The application should be submitted by e-mail as one PDF file in English and should be received by January 4, 2020, sent to:

Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

Attn: Georges Khalil c/o Forum Transregionale Studien e.V. Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin I Fax +49 30 89 001 440

In case of questions, please consult the FAQ or write an email to

Date de candidature
10 mois
Humanités : Anthropologie & Ethnologie, Art et histoire de l'art, Histoire, Linguistique, Littérature, Philosophie, théologie et religion
Sciences sociales : Géographie, Science politique, Sociologie