12 PhD Studentships / 3 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Berlin, Germany

The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) 1458 “Notational Iconicity. On the Materiality, Perceptibilty and Operativity of Writing” at Freie Universitaet Berlin, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is offering from 1st October 2008
12 Ph.D studentships (full-time) and
3 postdoctoral fellowships
for a duration of 2 years (the Ph.D studentships are extendable for another year).


Closing date for applications: 26th April 2008.

The research training group is dedicated to investigating script/writing as a key subject in the humanities. Its aim is to contribute to a change of perspective from a phonographic, language-centred concept of writing to an iconographic, language-neutral concept of writing. The founding hypothesis is that both alphabetic and non-alphabetic scripts are hybrid forms that combine discursive and iconic components and that writing is therefore more than simply a medium used to record spoken language. The research training group investigates systematically and/or historically the creative and explorative functions of notation in everyday, scientific and artistic contexts. Academic disciplines from throughout the humanities are involved as well as psychology and computer studies.

More detailed information on the research and study programme and on conditions for application can be found at:
www.fu-berlin.de/schriftbildlichkeit

Applications are to be sent by 26th April 2008 to:

Prof. Dr. Sybille Krämer
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Philosophie
Habelschwerdter Allee 30
D - 14195 Berlin
Deutschland