Postdoc "Social and Cultural Anthropology" (LMU Munich)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich), one of Europe’s leading universities, establishes an interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich1369) “Culture of Vigilance: Transformations – Spaces – Techniques”. This Centre covers a broad time span from the Assyrian Empire to the present.

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It investigates the historical and cultural foundations of watchfulness as well as the participation of individuals who lend it their heightened attention partially and situationally in the service of a higher task.
The Collaborative Research Centre invites applications for a research project in social and cultural anthropology to investigate “The vigilance of those mistaken for migrants in the US-Mexican border area”. This project examines constellations of vigilance in the US-Mexican border region and analyzes the strategies of vigilance employed by individuals, perceived as undocumented immigrants who thus expect to experience racialized discrimination. The project is led by Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr.

Your responsibilities:
- conduct research (including fieldwork) in the context of this project (with an opportunity for a Habilitation)
- prepare and participate in project-based publications
- support and help organize project based events and activities
- participate in and help organize the events of the integrated doctoral research training group of the Collaborative Research Centre

Your profile:
- candidates should have completed their doctorate in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology with outstanding results
- ethnographic fieldwork experience is a requirement
- excellent command of English and Spanish is required; good communication skills in German are an advantage
- candidates have to demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in theoretical questions

Applicants with disabilities who possess essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit the following application documents electronically by 30 June 2019 to Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr (

(A) As one pdf file:
(1) Application letter (letter of motivation)
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) List of publications and list of courses taught
(4) Degree certificates
(5) Names and email-addresses of two referees
(B) As a separate pdf file:
(6) Pdf of your doctoral dissertation

Further information on the Collaborative Research Centre is available at:


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