[INDOLOGY] Doctoral Position: Socio-linguistic methods and material culture (North India, eastern Ganges Basin)

John Peterson jpeterson at isfas.uni-kiel.de
Sat Apr 6 04:57:43 UTC 2019


Apologies for cross-posting - Please feel free to pass along to
potential interested candidates! 

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(NOTE: Numbers such as "12PHD", etc., refer to PhD positions in the
original posting. Please see the bottom of this mail for further

IN PAST SOCIETIES in the frame of the German Excellence Initiative
explores social, environmental, and cultural processes that have
substantially shaped past human development (and which are still active
today). Research is organized in six research units (i.e. subclusters)
covering six foci: (1) Environmental hazards and impacts; (2) Dietary
intake and disease; (3) Knowledge production, technology, and
innovation; (4) Population agglomeration and urbanisation; (5) Social
differentiation and inequalities; and (6) Conflict and conciliation. The
ROOTS 'Reflective Turn' will enable cross-disciplinary dialogue and
enquiries within and between research foci, providing an overarching
theoretical frame. 

The Research Associates and Doctoral positions participate in the ROOTS
Young Academy. The ROOTS Young Academy brings together young experts
from an array of disciplines, which support ROOTS research with
innovative research ideas. The Young Academy provides young researchers
with excellent conditions for a successful career and personal

Therefore, we invite applications for the following positions to begin
as early as possible: [...] 

Candidates are invited to submit proposals for PhD research projects
addressing one or more of the following themes of ROOTS (as assigned to
one of the six ROOTS subclusters): 



PROFILE: Historical Linguistics, Methods of Quantitative Linguistics,

The successful candidate shall conduct work on linguistic aspects of
social stratification in NORTH INDIA from a historical perspective, with
special reference to the EASTERN GANGES BASIN. She/He will work in close
cooperation with scholars from both general linguistics as well as from
archaeology, taking not only theoretical sociolinguistic aspects of
historical language stratification into account but also aspects of
material culture. Research will address these aspects in different
social and economic groups from this region, e.g. hunter and gatherer
societies (or social groups which until recently fell within this group
and have since changed to a more sedentary lifestyle), farming
communities, and others. 

Integration into the research agenda of 'ROOTS of social inequality' is
expected as well as co-operation with other subclusters. The position
offers for cooperation with the Doctoral Positions 12PHD, 16PHD, 17PHD,
18PHD as well as with the Research Associate Position 08RA. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding
university degree (MA or equivalent) in General Linguistics,
Indo-European Linguistics or in a related linguistic field with a focus
on historical linguistics. The successful candidate will have a keen
interest in historical linguistics, which can also be demonstrated by
his / her publications, and will be familiar with various quantitative
methods in linguistics. Complementary expertise in historical
sociolinguistics and/or in the area of language contact will be an
asset. Knowledge of a modern South Asian language is desirable and/or
the willingness to obtain a basic knowledge of spoken and written Hindi
within the first six months of the grant. 

CONTACT: Johannes Müller and Henny Piezonka (subcluster-speakers) 


For the DOCTORAL POSITIONS, please send the following documents as a
single .pdf document: 

 	* a cover letter; 

 	* CV (including list of publications); 
 	* the proposed doctoral project outline no longer than 1500 words,
including a brief summary, state of the art, a concise project
description, and a work schedule; 
 	* the names of two references with contact information;
 	* a copy (in .pdf format) of your master-thesis or proof of equivalent
 	* certificates of academic degrees.

All documents must be submitted in English, with the exception of the
copy of the master-thesis. 

All documents must be submitted in English. 

The application deadline for all positions is 06/05/2019  [= MAY 6,
2019]. Please include the code of the job you are applying for at the
beginning of your cover letter! 

Please address your application to: 

Search Committee 

Speaker Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller, 

Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, 

Kiel University, 

Leibnizstraße 3, 24118 Kiel, 


via e-mail (application at gshdl.uni-kiel.de) 

For additional information, please contact: 

PD Dr. Mara Weinelt, mweinelt at gshdl.uni-kiel.de, +49 431 880-1639 


Dr. Andrea Ricci, aricci at gshdl.uni-kiel.de, +49 431 880-5871 


For further details including details of submission of application, see:

In English: Click: Researchers for the new Cluster "Roots" 

In German: Click: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen für den
Exzellenzcluster "Roots"

John Peterson
Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ISFAS)
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Olshausenstraße 40
D-24098 Kiel

Tel.: (+49) (0)431-880 2414
Fax: (+49) (0)431-880 7405


Project on the languages of South Asia:

"There's no present like the time."

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