The research training group 2806 “Literature and the Public Sphere in
Differentiated Contemporary Cultures” at
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), funded by the
German Research Foundation, is offering
12 DOCTORAL POSITIONS (M/F/D) (65%, E-13 TV-L)
1 POSTDOC POSITION (M/F/D) (100%, E-13 TV-L)
Deadline for applications: 6th of July 2022.
for a duration of three and five years respectively, starting
01.10.2022. Extensions for the doctoral positions are possible.
The interdisciplinary research training group analyzes contemporary
literatures since 1945 in different public and cultural contexts. It
adopts a broad conception of literature, including socio-cultural,
political, and economic contexts, (inter-)mediality, institutional
conditions, as well as literary life as subjects for enquiry.
The research training group focuses on literatures in various languages
(English, German, French, Spanish, Russian), including ‘small
literatures’ and minority cultures on different continents. On the
basis of comparative and transnational perspectives, the research
training group takes praxeological, social, media related, material,
ethical, and economic aspects into account.
The research training group explores the cultural specificities,
potentials, and functions of these literatures and investigates their
conditions of emergence and public resonance. It conceives of
literatures (1) as seismographs of often contradictory cultural, media
related, and social developments, (2) as generators of a vocabulary to
articulate the multilayered experiences of the contemporary moment, (3)
as forums for the discussion of concerns relevant to the public.
Drawing on five closely interrelated fields of interest, the research
training group examines how fragmenting publics constitute a relevant
context for and a prominent concern of these literatures:
* Literatures‘ strategies to activate attention
* Public contexts of literatures
* Material appearances/materiality of literatures
* Literary knowledge production
* Literary ethics and politics
The disciplines involved are English and American Studies, Book Studies,
Digital Humanities, German Studies, Comparative Literature, (Cultural)
Sociology, Media Ethics, Media Economics, Media Studies, Eastern
European Studies, and Romance Studies.
For more information on the research program, the respective advisors,
and contact information, see:
If you have any questions, please contact the speakers of the research
training group: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
* an excellent academic degree
* an innovative project idea relevant to the program of the research
* intercultural competence and an interest in interdisciplinary work
* proficiency in abstract theoretical thinking
* methodological competence
* adequate language skills: B2 German and English, C1 German or English
* first publications, academic talks, or academic administrative
experience (e.g. as student assistant) are desirable
* in addition, postdocs should have an outstanding dissertation,
scientific experience, and a research project relevant to the program of
the research training group
DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT:
* cover letter
* degree certificates (MA, State Exam, or equivalent degree;
dissertation for postdoc)
* research proposal (ca. 8-10 pages)
* writing sample (e.g. Master’s Thesis, dissertation for postdoc)
* certificate(s) of language skills (may be handed in within the first
year if necessary)
Please submit your application (English or German) electronically as one
single PDF file (plus writing sample in a separate PDF file) to
firstname.lastname@example.org_ _by 6th of July 2022.
The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg strives to
increase the number of women in academic research and teaching and
therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
FAU is an equal opportunity employer and gives preference to candidates
with disabilities if equally qualified.