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Networking and Mentoring Workshop in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Call for Applications

This call is directed at current and prospective Ph.D. students who have experienced difficulties in pursuing or continuing their dissertations due to political reasons and who have therefore left their country of origin, or are considering doing so. The primary purpose of the workshop at Leipzig University is to provide participants with two days of academic normality - a chance to present and discuss their projects among themselves, as well as with local students, and more experienced scholars.
The secondary purpose is to create a space for networking and mentorship. A group of senior academics (from the fields of Sociology, Cultural Studies, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Gender and Media Studies) will offer participants an opportunity to think about future academic possibilities.


The workshop will be open to selected participants only. Time and funding will be limited and selection will be based on academic criteria. Travel and accommodation expenses (two nights, May 14-16, workshop days are 14&15 May 2020) for invited participants will be covered.


If you would like to participate, please send:
(1) a two-page summary of your Ph.D. project including information on the current stage of the project,
(2) a current C.V., including a statement clarifying why you belong to the targeted group of students at-risk.


Further requirements for selection are:

  • being capable of participating in the workshop in person,
  • the ability to present your project in English (alternatively German or French).


Application deadline: February 29, 2020.


Please send applications in one pdf-file to multiple-events@uni-leipzig.de.


For questions concerning the workshop, please contact the convenor Markus Dressler (markus.dressler@uni-leipzig.de).


The workshop is made possible through support by the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative, Academics in Solidarity, Leipzig University, as well as the Heisenberg-Program and the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” funded by the German Research Foundation.


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