The Käte Hamburger Kolleg Aachen Cultures of Research (c:o/re) has openings for a total of 10 international fellows for the academic year 2023/2024, starting in October 2023. Eligible applicants are expected to come from the humanities, social sciences and STS as well as from natural, life and technical sciences. The International Center for Advanced Studies at RWTH Aachen University is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Part of its mission is to offer a free space to its fellows to develop their own research and to exchange ideas for a timespan of up to 12 months.
The topic Cultures of Research is positioned where the fields of philosophy, sociology and history interface with natural sciences and technology. The overall focus of the Center’s work is on transformations of science and technology which are addressed by notions of complexity, life-likeness and emergence. In general, we are particularly interested in the digitalization of research (simulation, artificial intelligence, machine learning) for the study of epistemic complex systems (e.g. climate change, energy revolution, biologization, sustainability), in participatory arrangements between science and society and in investigating histories and varieties of cultures of research. Our aim is to explore new cultures of (transdisciplinary) research, and, as such, to develop new theories and methodologies for investigating scientific transformations.
For the call of the year 2023/2024 we are particularly, but not exclusively interested in the topic of life-likeness as it emerges at the interface of engineering, AI, life sciences and material sciences.
Against this backdrop we encourage applications by candidates coming from:
- the humanities, social sciences and STS to explore scientific and technological transformations related to life-likeness;
- natural, life and technical sciences to explore complex life-like systems; and
- arts, art history, science journalism and scientific illustration to explore the mediation and representation of life-likeness in science and technology.
Scholars can apply for either junior or senior fellowships. For junior fellows a successfully completed PhD is an eligibility requirement; for senior fellowships a professorship (associate or full professorship) or comparable position is expected. Applications (in English) should include a cover/motivational letter (1 page), CV (tabular, max. 2 pages), a project outline incl. intended goals/outcome of the project (max. 1300 words), and a list of publications. Please also submit a writing sample (journal article or book-chapter). Applications can be submitted via our application portal that you find here.
The deadline for applications is December 31, 2022.
Female researchers and scholars from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply. For further information please visit the FAQs on our website.
The full call for applications can be found here.