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[Commlist] Call for Applications - Twelve PhD positions at the Research Training Group "Configurations of Film"

Fri Nov 08 07:59:03 GMT 2019

The German Research Foundation has awarded funding to the Research Training Group “Configurations of Film” (GRK 2279) housed at the Institute of Theater, Film and Media Studies at Goethe University. Starting on July 1st, 2020, up to twelve

PhD positions
(E13, 65% part time)

will be financed. The positions are limited to 18 months (with a possible extension for another 18 months). The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe University (TV-G-U).

The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is one of the largest universities in Germany with around 48.000 students and with about 5.000 employees. Founded in 1914 by Frankfurt citizens and since 2008 once again proud of its foundation status Goethe University possesses a high degree of autonomy, modernity and professional diversity. As a comprehensive university, the Goethe University offers a total of 16 departments and 100 degree programs along with an outstanding research reputation.

Scalable across a variety of formats and standardized in view of global circulation almost from the beginning, the moving image has always been both an image of movement and an image on the move. Over the last three decades, digital production technologies, communication networks and distribution platforms have taken the scalability and mobility of film to a new level. Beyond the classical dispositive of the cinema, new forms and knowledge of cinema and film have emerged, challenging the established approaches to the study of film. The conceptual framework of index, dispositive and canon, which defined cinema as photochemical image technology with a privileged bond to reality, a site of public projection, and a set of works from auteurs from specific national origins, can no longer account for the current multitude of moving images and the trajectories of their global movements. The term “post-cinema condition,” which was first proposed by film theorists more than a decade ago to describe the new cultural and technological order of moving images, retained an almost melancholic attachment to that which the cinema no longer was. Moving beyond such attachments, the concept of “configurations of film” aims to account for moving images in terms of their operations, forms and formats, locations and infrastructures, expanding the field of cinematic knowledge beyond the arts and the aesthetic, while retaining a focus on film as a privileged site for the production of cultural meaning, for social action and for political conflict in the 21st century. The applicants’ projects should address topics related to the program’s three research areas “Formation”, “Usage” and “Localization.” Further information about the program's research objectives can be found here:

Employment  requirement:
Applicants for Ph.D. scholarships must hold a master’s degree in film studies, media studies or one of the other participating or related fields and disciplines (above all American Studies, Musicology, Philosophy and/or Theater Studies). Applicants should have their master’s degree in hand by the start date of the contract (July 1, 2020). Excellent written and spoken command of English is required. Applicants whose first language is not German must demonstrate proficiency in German (CEF C1), plus a basic knowledge (CEF B1) of one other language to be admitted to the program. Applicants should be capable of developing an original research question that contributes to the overall topic and concerns of the program. They should be self-motivated scholars who can conduct productive research and successfully complete a dissertation project based on their chosen topic within the three-year time frame of the contract.

“Configurations of Film” is a research collective and PhD candidates must complete their theses in residence in Frankfurt. We consider doctoral residency to be a substantial vehicle for community building and professionalisation that fosters sustained participation with peers and faculty in scholarly activities. PhD candidates take an active role in the day-to-day activities of the Kolleg. They will join committees and actively contribute to the organization of events such as conferences and workshops, reading groups and guest lectures, screening series and field trips. The residency allows PhD candidates to position themselves at the forefront of new original scholarship as well as within Frankfurt’s rich cultural scene.

We are committed to promoting the careers of underrepresented applicants. Women, individuals with disabilities, as well as applicants of underrepresented sexual orientations, minority groups and socioeconomic classes are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to (applications-configurations /at/ <mailto:(applications-configurations /at/> by December 19th, 2019. They should be addressed to the director of the program, Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger, Institute of Theater, Film and Media Studies, Goethe University. More information on the program, application requirements and admission procedure can be found on our website:

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