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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 five postdoctoral fellowships for the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).

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 scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history 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.

The program puts emphasis on three programmatic ideas: 1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:


  • Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and social, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences and conflict in the cities around the Mediterranean.
  • Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures reassesses literary entanglements, translations, and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.
  • Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on modernity, religion, secularity, good governance and justice.
  • Perspectives on the Qur'an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East.
  • Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Authoritarianism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives is a special forum, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East

EUME is interested in bridging the gap between social science approaches and the humanities in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East, in re-imaginations of past and present that contribute to free and pluralistic societies.


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. 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 2019 and will end on 31 July 2020. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplements depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, 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 their 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
  • a curriculum vitae (including publications),
  • a project description (no longer than five 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 three separate WORD documents or PDF files in English and should be received by April 22, 2019, sent to

Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien e.V.
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 14,
14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 89 001 440

Date de candidature
Date de residence
10 mois
Europe : Allemagne
Humanités : Art et histoire de l'art, Histoire, Linguistique, Littérature, Philosophie, Religion et théologie
Sciences sociales : Science politique, Sociologie
Expérience post-doc requise:
Entre 0 et 7 ans
Grants available
Montant par bourse
€ 2.500/mois