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1 x 65 % Research Position / PhD Researcher

The Institute of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Bremen, invites applications for the following academic position (subject to confirmed funding), starting January 1, 2019, until 05.10.2021:

Research Position/PhD Researcher
Salary Scale: German Public Sector Salary TV-L 13, part-time 65%,
Geographical Scope: Kenya or Rwanda or Uganda
Working Language: English
Reference number: A243/18


Project Description

The project “Figurations of Internationalized Rule in Africa” is funded by the German Re-search Foundation (DFG). The project KA 4953/1-1, co-directed by Prof. Dr. Klaus Schlichte and Dr. Jude Kagoro focuses on post-war situations in Africa. While having their own political agenda post-war government in Africa need to accommodate contradicting expectations.  International donors press towards a rationalization of state agencies and insist on political and economic liberalization. Domestic power groups try to “capture” the state in pursuing their own interest or to avoid and circumvent state policies. Furthermore, government agents seem to pursue a classical “image of the state” in which ideas like sovereignty, territory and population are supreme. Starting with this understanding of contradictory expectations and using histori-cal political sociology as theoretical framework, this project aims at identifying the political figurations that result from these constellations. Assuming that the quality of relationships will find its expression in guiding implicit and explicit patterns of action, our research question is: What are the practical norms that guide African government officials’ and donor staff in fig-urations of internationalized rule?

Three cases (Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya) will be investigated based on a semi-structured, reit-erative logic of comparison. Different research methods will be used: Beyond document analysis and expert interviews, it attempts to use multi-sited participant observation as an in-novation for the study of internationalized politics in Africa. The project aims at contributing to an understanding of African politics that is less burdened with normative expectations (de-mocracy, development, security) and would allow both, scholars and practitioners, to better understand what the figuration, the web of relations, of internationalized rule consists of.


Responsibilities of the PhD Researcher

The PhD researcher will be responsible for the research and analysis of the case of either Kenya or Rwanda or Uganda. The researcher will undertake field research in the respective country, and provide in-depth case-study. S/he will cooperate with other team members in the comparative analysis of all cases.  

The possibility to derive a PhD dissertation thematically related to the project is given.
A membership in the Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences is optional.

•    M.A. Degree in Political Science, African Studies, Sociology, History, Anthropology or a related discipline.

•    Research experience in Kenya or Rwanda or Uganda.

•    Expertise in one or more of the following fields: history, politics,
     international relations/foreign policy, donor relations and development  cooperation of and with African states.

•    Experience with qualitative methods of research

•    Quantitative research skills are an asset

•    Fluency in English, both spoken and written

•    Language skills in Swahili/Luganda/Kinyarwanda are an asset
•    Willingness to conduct field research in African contexts

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and of-fers a family-friendly working environment as well as an international atmosphere.

The University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the positions offered. Applicants with disabilities will be considered preferentially in case of equal qualifica-tions and aptitudes. The University of Bremen explicitly invites individuals with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Jude Kagoro jude.kagoro@uni-bremen.de

Applications, including a cover letter, CV and copies of degree certificates should be submit-ted by 12.10.2018 to:

Universität Bremen
Fachbereich 8
Ms Moriske  – Reference number A243/18
Universitäts-Boulevard 13
28359 Bremen


By Email to fb08.bewerbung@uni-bremen.de

Application/interview costs will not be covered by the University.


Erstellt am 21.09.18 von Rebekka Rosner