The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the world's leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.

The Department 'Integration and Conflict' of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is offering

1 Postdoctoral and 1 Ph.D. position for a pluridisciplinary research project on Convivencia starting on 1st January 2016.

CONVIVENCIA is a joint research and fellowship program of four Max Planck Institutes: the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max Planck Institute (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf), the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt/Main (Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve), the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn) and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale (Prof. Dr. Günther Schlee).

The regional focus is not limited to the Mediterranean area as the name of the frame project might suggest. The role of the Halle component of this project is to explore the theme of organisation of ethnic and religious difference in wider regional and historical contexts for theory building based on comparative perspectives.

Project proposals dealing with empires or (parts of) former empires are invited. The focus should be on modes of organising difference from jural, administrative and/or everyday life perspectives. Regionally, the department has its strength in Central Asia, Africa and the Muslim World. This focus is not exclusive, but projects on these regions would fit particularly well into comparative frameworks established at the institute. The project should link diachronic perspectives with present ways of life and modes of organisation.

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