Call for applications for PhD students and PostDocs on history, knowledge, and media in East Central Europe

Are you interested in the East Central European region? Do you have an idea for a research project on the formation and reorganization of knowledge spaces, constellations, and cultures? Would you like to answer questions about the agents, practices and discourses of knowledge and science production in this region from a historical perspective and about the circulation, the transfer and the importance of different media up to digital formats?

Then we suggest to apply for a PhD position (65%, TV-H 13) or a PostDoc position (100%, TV-H 13) at the Leibniz Graduate School „History, Knowledge, Media in East Central Europe" (LGSch) in Marburg. The LGSch is an interdisciplinary graduate school at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in co-operation with the Justus Liebig University Gießen.

As an institution at the interface between research and education its task is to support graduates of social, cultural or historical science with the implementation of their PhD or postdoc projects.

The regional focus is on East Central Europe, including its neighboring regions. The historical foundations of the region (e.g. the characteristic ethnic and religious diversity in many spheres of life, dramatic geopolitical turning points, the formative internal and external links) can be regarded as a sounding board for communication and design of modern knowledge. Corresponding processes are located in the context of pan-European and global dynamics.

The main instruments of support are the thematic mentoring of individual research projects, an intense discussion of theories and methods from the disciplines involved, the offer of an additional qualification for research-oriented career fields as well as strategic support within the framework of the Graduate School mentoring program. The library and the collections of the Herder Institute (with archive items such as images, maps and newspaper collections) offer perfect working conditions as well as the organization of master classes, workshops and an annual conference.

If you are interested, you can find further information about the application procedure at

The deadline for application is 10 April 2015.


Dr. des. Ina Alber
Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung - Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg