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Call for applications: Mecila is open to proposals for the "Thematic Research Group" 2023 about "Medialities". Deadline: January 31, 2022.

News from Dec 09, 2021

Mecila (Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America) is a joint project of the following German and Latin American research institutions: Freie Universität Berlin (coordination); Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Berlin); Universität zu Köln (Cologne); Universidade de São Paulo and Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (São Paulo); Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Universidad Nacional de La Plata/Conicet, La Plata); and El Colegio de México (Mexico City).

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and established in São Paulo in April 2017, the Centre constitutes and coordinates an international research network that focuses on the co-constitution of conviviality and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective. Research at the Centre addresses the processes of negotiation, legitimation, transformation, and representation of existing hierarchies as they take place in everyday interactions and within institutions. A general outline of the Centre’s research programme is available on our website.

The Centre cordially invites a group composed of two Senior and two Junior Fellows to collectively apply for a Thematic Research Group on Mecila’s Yearly Theme 2023 Medialities to work together at the Centre in Sao Paulo for the duration of six months (from 01 March 2023 – 31 August 2023). Fellows are expected to commit fulltime to their proposed research activities at the Centre. For the duration of the Fellowship, fellows will normally receive a monthly allowance, depending on individual circumstances and taking other forms of income before and during the fellowship into account. Alternatively, the fellowship can be used to finance a temporary replacement (buy-out).


To promote international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational exchange, the Thematic Research Group should be composed by

  • outstanding scholars based at institutions in at least two different countries;
  • scholars of diverse disciplinary backgrounds;
  • Senior Scholars holding a senior position at a university or research institution, or comparable qualifications, and Junior Fellows who have obtained their doctoral degrees in the past five years;
  • at least one member based at one of the seven partner institutions of Mecila;
  • one or two members need to be affiliated with a research institution in Germany.
  • All group members have the ability to and interest in actively participating in an international and interdisciplinary research environment.
  • All group members have a very good command of the English language.

Find more information about the open call here.

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