The University of Tübingen Faculty of Humanities is seeking an Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion - Rethinking Global Religion for the university-wide platform Global Encounters as of 01.04.2022.
The contract is initially for four years and will be extended by another two years following a positive interim evaluation. After these six years, there is a final evaluation, and based on its recommendation, the University can offer a permanent position.
The position is within the future Institute for the Study of Religion. It is one of four assistant professorships currently being hired in connection with the University’s ‘Global Encounters’ platform. Established as part of its Excellence Strategy, this platform examines the construction, reconstruction and restructuring of global networks. It focuses on the processes and practices of interdependency and communication, as well as the consequences such global encounters have for the formation of knowledge and communities, which are studied with regard to their decoloniality and their future sustainability. The Global Encounters platform brings together and supports researchers from different fields, to help them channel the growing dynamic at the University of Tübingen toward attracting major external funding for anything from collaborative centers to Clusters of Excellence.
In the context of the interdisciplinary orientation of the Global Encounters platform, the position holder is expected to make theoretically and methodologically sound contributions to the analysis of religious dynamics in their global context from a non-European perspective, regarding the period from the beginning of the modern era to the present, and including postcolonial/ decolonial approaches. In addition to methodological competence, profound language skills and regional knowledge in Asian, African or Latin American contexts is expected; involvement in international academic networks, preferably in the corresponding region, is desired. In teaching, participation in Study of Religion courses currently under development is expected, as well as participation in related courses of study in other disciplines, e.g., in the Master of Arts in Interfaith Studies.
The position has an initial teaching load of two courses per semester, i.e. four hours per week, prior to the interim evaluation, and three courses/six hours thereafter.
Required qualifications include an outstanding PhD or equivalent international degree, publications in international journals, and teaching experience.
Details on the academic context of the professorship, on the Global Encounters platform, and information on the criteria underlying the interim and final evaluations may be found at the following link: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-humanities/faculty/vacancies-job-offers/
In the course of the contract, the assistant professor is expected to attain the research and teaching achievements that will qualify for an appointment as a tenured professor at any German university (known as the habilitation). Those who have already completed a habilitation will be excluded from consideration for this position.
The University seeks to increase the number of international professors and therefore welcomes applications from researchers outside Germany. The University is also interested in increasing the number of women in research and teaching and therefore also strongly encourages women to apply. Applications from equally qualified candidates with disabilities will be given preference.
Applications (including a curriculum vitae, degree certificates, list of publications, list of classes taught) along with personally authored monographs and up to 5 published papers should be sent by 30 Sep 2021, if possible in electronic form, to firstname.lastname@example.org (postal address: Dean of Humanities, Keplerstr. 2, 72074 Tübingen). Enquiries may also be directed to this address: (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt, email@example.com).
General information on professorships, hiring processes, and the German academic system can be found here: uni-tuebingen.de/en/213700
Please inform yourself about:
- the specific evaluation criteria of this assistant professorship
- the general quality assurance plan of the University Tübingen
- the "Global Encounters" platform