International research fellowships/Berlin

School:Humboldt University /Berlin


Field(s):Social Sciences

Deadline:31 August 2012

Funded by: International Research Center (IGK)

Beneficiaries : International Students


  • The International Research Center (IGK) conducts research into work with a special focus on work as a concept and on its performativity.
  • Although the end of the work society has occasionally been proclaimed in western industrial societies, it takes nothing more than a glimpse at these societies to realise that this claim is simply based on a narrow definition of work as wage labour.
  • Trans-cultural perspectives and definitions that go beyond purely instrumental descriptions of the concept of work confirm its high social, cultural and economic value as well as the large variety of categories with which it is possible to approach the subject.
  • Research at the IGK is based on a comparative, interdisciplinary perspective which is deployed as a means of studying the ways in which different societies throughout the world at different times have embodied the term ‘work’ with meaning; and how different concepts of work are linked to each other by the various ways in which the actual performance of work is expressed.
  • The conceptual discourse on what can meaningfully meant by ‘work’ and the meanings which are embodied within the concept of work itself are central to research at the IGK.
  • These aspects first need to be clarified before any robust statements with regards to history, social theory or interpretations of the present can be made.
  • In addition, the IGK deploys a global and far-reaching chronological perspective to study the diversity of industrial and non-industrial, as well as capitalist and pre-capitalist realities.

Call for Applications

  • The international research center „IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History“ invites scholars to apply for 10 to 15 international research fellowships for the 2013–2014 academic year.

Application deadline: 31 August 2012.

  • Unfortunately, applications sent in after that date cannot be considered.
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