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Four PhD positions: Interconfessionality in the Early Modern Period, Univ. of Hamburg

Tuesday, September 26, 2017   (0 Comments)

The Research Training Group "Interconfessionality in the Early Modern Period" is a part of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Hamburg and funded by the DFG (the German Research Foundation). In accordance with Section 28, subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG), the Research Training Group invites applications for 4 PhD positions.

The positions commence on April 1st 2018. They are remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and call for 65% of standard work hours per week. The fixed-term nature of the contract is based upon Section 2, subsection 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labour Contract Act (Wissenschafts-Zeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The University aims to increase the number of women in research and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

The doctoral programme examines exchange processes between different denominations in the Early Modern Period (16th to 18th century). In addition to the original regions of the Reformation, early modern European and non-European contexts are to be taken into consideration (especially Italy, England, Greek Orthodox areas, South America and China). Of particular interest are theological, literary, political and artistic phenomena that define or overcome the lines between the emerging denominations (interdenominational), or that are common to both (trans-denominational). A key aspect of the doctoral programme will be investigating these phenomena through the observation of representation models in various media. The goal is not only to ascertain how different denominational parameters have found expression in heterogeneous artefacts, but also to precisely analyse how, on the one hand, literature, theatre, fine arts and sacred music reveal such theological parameters and, on the other hand, how they vary, influence and /or sustain them in different media.


  • Further academic qualification in the structured doctoral programme.
  • A dissertation focussing on interconfessional constellations in the Early Modern Period at an associated department. The PhD projects are supervised and carried out at the University of Hamburg.
  • Compulsery participation in the Research Training Group’s structured doctoral programme (including symposia, workshops, lectures and seminars) and all events of the Research Training Group.
  • Mandatory attendance in Hamburg.


  • A University degree (Master or equivalent) in one of the associated departments (Protestant or Catholic Theology, German Studies, English Studies, History, Romance Languages, Byzantine/Modern Greek Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Jewish Studies, Sinology, Historical Musicology, Art History).
  • Interest in interdisciplinary and innovative teamwork.
  • Applicants not proficient in German are expected to acquire proficiency in due time.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants. For further information please contact the Research Training Group’s website:


Applications should include a cover letter, an abstract of the dissertation project (max. 6 pages), a CV, degree certificates and 2 letters of recommendation. Applications can be written in German or English. The application deadline is 8th January 2018. Applications should be sent by post and by email. Please send a hard copy by post to the Head of the Research Training Group:

Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2008 "Interkonfessionalität in der Frühen Neuzeit"
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johann Anselm Steiger
Schlüterstr. 51
20146 Hamburg GERMANY

Email applications should be sent to the Head of the Research Training Group ( as well as to the Group’s coordinator, Sabine Ledosquet (

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