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Call for Applications: Four positions for doctoral researchers (Praedoc) in ERC-funded project “Protest and Order. Democratic theory, contentious politics, and the changing shape of western democracies” (POWDER), Department of Political and Social Sciences, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Research project “POWDER”

Four positions for doctoral researchers (Praedoc)

  • 65% part-time job
  • limited to 4 years
  • Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU
  • Reference code: POWDER-DRP-2017
  • Starting date: 1 April 2018

ERC-funded project on “Protest and Order. Democratic theory, contentious politics, and the changing shape of western democracies” (POWDER)

The research project aims to analyze the interrelationship between protest and political order under the contextual conditions of the changing shape of modern western democracy. Two groups of questions are connected to this study perspective, which will be answered by means of a democratic-theoretically-led synchronous comparison of four selected contemporary protest movements – (1) anonymous digital protest, (2) transnationally organized alter-globalization protest, (3) protest of undocumented migrants and (4) rightwing identitarian protest.

The aim is to clarify the extent to which the new forms of protest question the premises of democratic orders, what potential for further development lies within the new forms of protest on the one hand, and what are the challenges to democracy on the other. Furthermore, the project seeks to determine the influence and relevance held by the democratic order itself in an age of the changing shape of democracy with regard to the specific formation of the new forms of protest, and what statements can be made on how the formation of the order is changed, in turn, by the new forms of protest themselves.
Job description:

Mission and activities: The appointed doctoral researchers will work closely with the project’s Principal Investigator Christian Volk, Professor of Political Science with a special focus on Politics and Law, and three research assistants. Each doctoral researcher will be responsible for the study and analysis of one of the four respective protest movements.

Specifically, the doctoral researchers will be required to:

Conduct research in the externally funded POWDER project; within the framework of the research project, the oopportunity for a doctorate is given, including:

  • Collaborate in refining the project design and methodology and further developing the theoretical frame,
  • Conduct (empirical) research on one of the four protest movements (case studies),
  • Prepare and participate in joint publications;
  • Collaborate in the preparation of workshops;
  • Present the project and related research at conferences;
  • Meet project interim goals and strictly adhere to project timelines;
  • Carry out administrative and coordination duties associated with the project, including interim reporting to funders.

Requirements
Completed degree of university education (Magister, Diploma or Master’s degree) in Social Sciences (preferably in Political Science or Sociology).
Desirable:

  • Excellent degree of university education;
  • Verifiable skills with respect to qualitative research methods (preferably experiences in ethnographic research and/or discourse analysis);
  • Knowledge of and experience in social movement research and deeper knowledge in one of the issue areas relevant to the project (digital protest, alter-globalization protest movements, protest of undocumented migrants or rightwing identitarian protest);
  • Strong interests in questions of democratic and political theory;
    Strong organizational skills and ability to work autonomously;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team and accommodating of diverse views;
  • Very good command of English, both in writing and in speaking (further language skills are an asset, e.g. French, Arabic, Spanish);
  • Two letters of recommendation (German or English) should be sent by the referees to: sekretariat-polre@polsoz.fu-berlin.de

All applications quoting the reference code should be addressed no later than January 29, 2018 as an email to Prof. Dr. Christian Volk: sekretariat-polre@polsoz.fu-berlin.de

We look forward to receiving your electronic application via Email in one PDF file (maximum 5 MB), including your CV, letter of motivation, as well as a short research proposal in English (2500 words) for one of the four issue areas addressing the question of how to study and analyze the respective protest movements.

For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the website of the research unit.

Click here for the PDF version of the call.

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Conflicting Populisms. Left and Right Wing Populism in Europe, Wien, 9.-11. Juni 2016, eine Tagung der Professur für Politische Theorie am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Wien in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bruno Kreisky Forum für internationalen Dialog, Organisation: Oliver Marchart und Isolde Charim

Vor dem Hintergrund der anhaltenden ökonomischen und politischen Krise gewinnen Populismen immer mehr an Zugkraft. Europa scheint gespalten in Länder, die von rechtspopulistischen Bewegungen erfasst werden, und solchen, in denen ein linker Neopopulismus erprobt wird. Während alte Sicherheiten wegbrechen, entbrennen neue Kämpfe um politische Deutungshoheit. Transnational betrachtet ergibt sich daraus ein komplexes Bild: Populismen unterschiedlicher weltanschaulicher Prägung liegen nicht nur im Konflikt mit der liberalen Mitte, sie geraten auch untereinander in Konflikt. Mehr denn je wird daran die Ambivalenz des Phänomens Populismus deutlich. Populismus ist ein Konfliktbegriff. Nicht nur beschreibt er eine konfliktorientierte Politikform, er ist auch selbst höchst umstritten.

Die Tagung möchte dieser schillernden und umstrittenen Seite des Populismus anhand seiner vielfältigen aktuellen Ausprägungen nachgehen. Dazu sollen u.a. folgende Fragen adressiert werden: Welche Unterschiede lassen sich zwischen linken und rechten Populismen ausmachen? Können populistische Strategien angemessene Antworten auf die gegenwärtigen politischen Herausforderungen liefern? Kann, darf, ja soll die Linke populistisch sein? In welchem internen oder externen Verhältnis steht Populismus zu Demokratie?

Call for Papers:
Am 11. Juni 2016 wird hierzu – im Anschluss an eine Podiumsdiskussion am 9.6. und ein Symposion am 10.6. – ein ganztägiger Workshop mit DoktorandInnen und PostdoktorandInnen stattfinden.

Wir möchten Sie auffordern, Abstracts (max. 1500 Zeichen) für einen 20 minütigen Vortrag inklusive Kurzbiographie bis zum 15.5. 2016 unter politische.theorie(at)univie.ac.at einzureichen. Über eine Zu- oder Absage erhalten Sie innerhalb einer Woche Bescheid.

Programm

9. Juni 2016

Beginn: 19.00h
Podiumsdiskussion mit Micha Brumlik, Chantal Mouffe, Jan-Werner Müller und Peter Pilz, Moderation: Isolde Charim

Ort: Bruno Kreisky Forum für internationalen Dialog, Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Wien

10. Juni 2016

9.15-12.15
Oliver Marchart (University of Vienna): Introduction. The Amorphous Shape of Populism

Catherine Colliot-Thélène (Université de Rennes 1/University of Frankfurt): Populismus als begriffliches Problem

Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki): Populist Dynamics and Democracy: the Cases of Finland and Hungary

13.15-15.30
Chantal Mouffe (Westminster University): Populism and Radical Democracy

Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton University): Why Populism is a Danger to Democracy

16.00-18.30
Yannis Stavrakakis (University of Thessaloniki): Populism vs. Anti-populism in the Greek Crisis: Divisions of Public Discourse

Ingolfur Blühdorn (Vienna University of Economics and Business): Populism and its Unlikely Siblings. Discursive practice in Simulative Democracy

Ort: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien, Universitätsstraße 7/2.Stock, Hörsaal 1, 1010 Wien

Ihre Anmeldung für die Tagung senden Sie bitte an: politische.theorie@univie.ac.at

11. Juni 2016

Beginn: 10.00h
Workshop für DoktorandInnen und PostdoktorandInnen

Ort: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien, Universitätsstraße 7/2.Stock, Hörsaal 1, 1010 Wien

Der Call als pdf-Datei

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