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Postdoc Working Groups

The Academy promotes working formats for early career fellows (Postdoctoral researchers and advanced Doctoral candidates at the University of Bayreuth and from abroad). Convening international working groups is part of a special postdoc qualification programme. Working Groups last for one term and revolve around a specific topic suggested in the context of a call for working groups. The teams may nominate fellows and integrate those present at the Academy into their Working Groups.
Working groups are expected to promote innovative debates across disciplines and areas. The bringing together of scholars from Area studies and specialists in a certain field but not in the Area, promises to stir new ideas for research questions that can lead to new projects in the Cluster of Excellence.


Summer Term 2019


Postdoctoral Working Group - "Rural Futures"


How might we rethink the “agrarian question” today? How does advanced capitalism in its globalized, financialized form penetrate and reshape agrarian (and post-agrarian) life? And in this context, how do we approach the categories that scholars have used for describing and analyzing “the rural”? ...more


Winter Term 2019/2020

SKAnning Space from Africa: Seeing and Becoming

Based in South Africa and extending across the continent, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA)
will become the world’s largest scientific instrument. Transcending borders of what was
previously possible to know about the universe, the SKA also enables new “becomings”: ...more


Shakespearean Pasts, African Futurities: Entanglements of Memory, Temporalities and Knowledge(s)


Fictional works proffer myriad ways of engaging with and (re)imagining futures through temporal emplotment(s) and the elucidation of the entanglements of literary life-worlds with the social realities that informs it and which it in turn refracts. ...more



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