Doctoral Fellow: Music and Human Rights
Freie Universität Berlin calls for applications for a Ph.D. position (TV-L FU E13 65%) for the development of a dissertation on the history of music and human rights in the United States since 1945 in the context of a larger research project titled “The Quest for Harmony: Classical Music, Emotion, and the Discourse of Human Rights in the United States since World War Two.” Duration: 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2021.
About the Project:
The project "The Quest for Harmony: Classical Music, Emotion, and the Discourse on Human Rights in the United States since World War II" examines the political impact of classical music in discourses on humanity, human rights and morals by means of soloists, symphony orchestras, their composers, conductors and musicians in the USA. The project asks whether and how classical music has functioned as a carrier of emotion and political content since the 1940s and what role American cultural diplomacy plays in this context. The long-term study began in the mid-1940s and continues right up to the present day. The project specifically seeks to delimit the common periodization of the Cold War and thus to examine fractures and (dis)continuities of U. S. American cultural diplomacy after its end until the 2000s. Thus, the events of 9/11 and their influence on U. S. cultural policy will be included in the project. All in all, the research project intends to generate new insights into informal, less visible and so far scarcely investigated practices, relationships and influences in the debate on music and human rights, considering emotion as a central category.
A detailed explanation of the research program can be found at http://www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/en/faculty/history/research/Research-Projects/index.html
Area of responsibility:
- The successful candidate develops a dissertation in the field of music history and human rights in North America and participates in the activities of the history department including seminars, workshops and summer schools.
Conditions of employment:
- Academic degree (MA) in history or musicology, preferably with a focus on the North American region or international history/relationships (MA thesis at the latest at the time of the interview)
- Very good language skills in English and the languages relevant for the research project
- Familiarity with current scholarly debates and approaches in the field of North American history
Please send the following documents in English as a PDF-file to email@example.com (email).
- Detailed cover letter with motivational statement (two pages)
- Tabular curriculum vitae
- Summary of the M. A. thesis (one page)
- Exposé of a research project (five pages) including a short explanation of how the proposed project fits the research program of the Graduate School.
- Letter of recommendation from the supervisor (s) in the MA work (directly to the above e-mail address; applicants can optionally name another reference with contact details)
- As a separate file: M. A. thesis
The evaluation of applications will begin in May of 2018. Successful candidates are invited to an interview in Berlin, which is expected to take place in the summer of 2018 (Skype interview possible).