Several Doctoral Positions

The new German/South African International Research Training Group "Transformative Religion: Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation" offers several doctoral positions; deadline 15 August 2021

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International Research Training Group

Transformative Religion
Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation

Application deadline: August 15th, 2021

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape and University of KwaZulu-Natal are jointly establishing the International Research Training Group (IRTG) Transformative Religion: Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany, DFG) and National Research Foundation (South Africa, NRF). In this German-South African IRTG, the following doctoral positions are advertised:

Germany (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin):
6 doctoral researchers (65% full time equivalent E13 TVÖD, funded by DFG)
4 doctoral researchers (self-funded)

South Africa (Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal):
8 doctoral researchers (NRF doctoral bursary, funded by NRF)
4 doctoral researchers (self-funded)

for the period from 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2024. Scholars from the field of social and cultural anthropology are warmly invited to apply.

To read more about the profile of the IRTG, programme, funding, requirements and application process, please see here.



The German–South African IRTG Transformative Religion transdisciplinarily investigates the impact of religion in processes of social transformation and the impact of these transformations on religion in contemporary global societies with an intercontinental perspective. It seeks to contribute to recent academic research and public debates on the complex relationship between religion and society.

Against the backdrop of discursive differences in perceiving and positioning religion in the field of knowledge between the global north and the global south and with a distinctive decolonial approach, this IRTG aims at a critical epistemology through which the situatedness of religious knowledge production and reception in processes of social transformation can be researched. In case studies from contexts in the global South and North, the IRTG seeks to investigate religion as specifically situated knowledge functioning as a resource and as a site of social transformation. It engages scholars from two continents and a variety of disciplines to go beyond conventional research approaches.

The research focus of the IRTG unfolds in the following four research areas:

Research area 1, national identity, will focus on the relationship between normative elements of religious knowledge in processes of public deliberation and conflicts of hegemony and power concerning modern nation states and their corresponding social imaginaries.

Research area 2, development, will investigate the transformative role of religion in development discourses and practices and its implications for decolonising dominant notions of development.

Research area 3, migration, will study the entanglements of migration and mobile religious practices, and how these entanglements both are being produced by and co-produce social transformations.

Research area 4, healing, will focus on healing practices in the context of situated religious knowledge and how they contribute to and are at the same time shaped by social transformation.



Nähere Informationen

Dr Clemens Wustmans

Tel. +49(0)30/2093-91830

transformative-religion[ at ]