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5 doctoral scholarships – “Religious Non-conformism and Cultural Dynamics”

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on June 2, 2009

The graduate college “Religious Non-conformism and Cultural Dynamics” will award 5 doctoral scholarships for a period of three years, beginning on 1 October 2009.

The college conducts research on religious non-conformism in various regional and temporal contexts. The central thesis is that religious nonconformism is an essential element of the religious field and a potential resource of alternative meaning and orientation, constituting an element of cultural tension and dynamics.

The project is arranged along three lines of interest:
(1) The tension between religious nonconformism and conformity, i.e. the dominant forms of (religious) orientations and ways of life.
(2) The innovative potential and the transforming dynamics of religious nonconformism.
(3) The social structure, the interconnectedness, and the societal position of nonconformist groups and milieus.

The college places the study of religious non-conformism in an interdisciplinary and comparative context. The fields of research include Study of Religions, Sociology of Religion, African Studies, Old Testament / Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Arabic / Islamic Studies, History, Indology, Jewish Studies, Church History, Tibetology, East Asian Religions.

We are looking for candidates from within and outside Germany with an above-average degree. Their dissertation project must deal with religious non-conformism in one of the fields named above. The languages of the college will be German and English. Candidates with insufficient German whose projects are chosen for the college can in addition (from 1 January 2010) obtain a scholarship for linguistic training.

Further details: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~religion/index.html
Prof. Dr. Hubert Seiwert
Graduiertenkolleg Religiöser Nonkonformismus
Religionswissenschaftliches Institut
Schillerstrasse 6
D-04109 Leipzig.

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