Call for Applications: Thematische Forschungsgruppe "Conservatisms" 2020
News vom 18.09.2020
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, Mecila invites candidates to apply for a grant for a Thematic Research Group on conservatisms, including two Senior and two Junior Fellows for a duration of ten weeks. Under usual circumstances, the grant is used for fellowships during the stay in São Paulo. Due to the exceptional current health circumstances, the collaboration will take place in digital form. The grant can be used for fellowships or research allowances during the period of collaboration with the Centre.
Successful applicants are expected to participate in an international research network that focuses on the co-constitution of conviviality and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective. Accordingly, the Centre addresses the processes of negotiation, legitimation, transformation, and representation of differences and existing hierarchies as they take place in everyday interactions and within institutions. (see our website for an outline of the Centre’s research programme). The recent conservative backlash (not only in Latin America) has radically changed the way how differences and inequalities are negotiated and represented in cultural and political arenas. Thus, social polarization and radicalizing political struggles increasingly challenge democratic politics and social coexistence in numerous countries. The polarization and radicalization traverse all media and modes of interaction, from online to offline, from virtual to real. Mecila is open to proposals of both theoretical and empirical research dedicated to studying how conservatisms transform configurations of conviviality and inequality. The Centre equally welcomes proposals focused on single countries and comparative studies as well as projects addressing contemporary or historical processes and experiences.