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2 PhD-Positions (13 TV-L; 65%), DFG-funded Research Project, “Reeducation Revisited: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on the Post-World War II Period in the US, Japan, and Germany,” Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg

The departments of American Studies and Japanese Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg are pleased to invite applications for two three-year PhD-positions (13 TV-L; 65%). Successful candidates will join the new DFG-funded research project “Reeducation Revisited: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on the Post-World War II Period in the US, Japan, and Germany,” starting April 1, 2019.

The deadline for applications is December 20, 2018.

PhD Project 1: Reeducation and the American Way of Life: Women’s Magazines in the Post-World War II-Period in the US and abroad (Germany, Japan)

PhD Project 2: Reeducation and Cultural Identity in Ryūkyū/Okinawa (1945-1972)

Successful applicants will:

  • conduct research in archives and libraries in Japan and the USA,
  • analyze historical, fictional and non-fictional texts and sources (official documents, newspapers, literature),
  • work on their own topics pertaining to the overall project and write a PhD thesis under the supervision of the project leaders,
  • edit publications and the project’s website/blog,
  • assist with administrative and organizational matters,

Requirements:

  • A. degree in American Studies and/or Japanese Studies with a distinct focus on Cultural and/or Media Studies,
  • Interest in critical approaches in Literary, Media, and Cultural Studies (i.e. Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies),
  • General openness to transnational and comparative approaches (Germany, Japan, USA),
  • Excellent command of English and Japanese.

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

Candidates should submit their application (cover letter, CV, transcript of records/de­gree certificate) together with a research proposal (5 pages) as a PDF file to Dr. Katharina Gerund (katharina.gerund@fau.de), Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (heike.paul@fau.de), and Prof. Dr. Fabian Schäfer (fabian.schäfer@fau.de) by December 20, 2018.