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The JFKI Department of History is looking for a doctoral candidate (m/f/d) for the Project “Gender, Borders, Memory”

News from Jul 21, 2020

The JFKI Department of History is looking for a doctoral candidate (m/f/d) for the Project “Gender, Borders, Memory” which is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS), 13 TV-L FU, 65% part-time position, fixed-term 3 years



The SCRIPTS Project "Gender, Borders, Memory" (GBM) examines the role of gender and memory in the context of borders and border regions in the liberal script. It analyzes to which extent different impressions of gender and gender roles, both past and present, have influenced the development of borders and border conflicts in liberal regimes. The project will research and use a case study of the separatist movement of Catalonia, examining images, symbols, and arguments relating to gender and memory in the in the context of mobilization and protest. The significance of colonial memories, for example, the siege of Barcelona in 1714, the Spanish-American War in 1898, or the Catalonian suffrage movement in the early 20th Century will play a central role in the analysis of the search for Catalonian self-determination from a gender-specific perspective.

The SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence offers an attractive academic environment and expertise in regional studies, world history, and political economy, as well as financial support for archival and conference travel. As an affiliated member of the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS), the chosen candidate will have a connection to an active community of young researchers at the Cluster. For a detailed project description of the SCRIPTS research program, participating researchers, and the international network of cooperating institutions, see https://www.scripts-berlin.eu/about-us



The chosen candidate will work closely in an interdisciplinary context with the project leaders Prof. Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht (International History) and Prof. Dr. Gülay Çağlar (Professor of Political Science focusing on Gender and Diversity). 

  • Collaboration with research project with opportunity for doctorate
  • Support with creation of a research design and further development of the theoretical and analytical frameworks
  • Carrying out historical field research
  • Contribution to and participation in Cluster events
  • Contribution to collective works
  • Support with planning and execution of workshops
  • Creation of interim reports


Preferred Qualifications:

  • University degree in History
  • Previous experience in archival and primary source research


Preferred Experiences:

  • Experience in gender research
  • Experience in regional studies (Europe and Latin America)
  • Experience in researching nationalism and separatism
  • Very good spoken and written English skills
  • Very good spoken and written Spanish skills, experience with Catalan preferred
  • Good teamwork skills and structured work ethic



Due to the current situation please apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed. Please include in your application the following: CV, motivational letter, description of research project (5pp. max), 2 letters of recommendation. Applications must be sent via email (preferably as one PDF document) until 17.08.20 to Prof. Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht: history@jfki.fu-berlin.de


John.-F.-Kennedy Institute

History Department

Excellenzcluster SCRIPTS-Project

“Gender, Borders, Memory”

Prof. Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht

Lansstr. 7-9

14195 Berlin

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