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Rewilding the Anthropocene

Human-Animal Assemblages in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Rewilding the Anthropocene the  is an environmental anthropological project contributing to the budding field of environmental humanities generally and to debates on the shifting entanglements between people, flora, and fauna in the world’s largest conservation landscape, the southern African Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

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4 Positions as Doctoral Researcher

4 Positions as Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) –
ERC Advanced Grant Project „Rewilding the Anthropocene“

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

REWILDING is an environmental anthropological project contribut-ing to the budding field of environmental humanities generally and to debates on the shifting entanglements between people, flora, and fauna in the world’s largest conservation landscape, the south-ern African Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), in particular. The project is headed by Prof. Michael Bollig, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

  • Developing a PhD project on the topic of REWILDING with an in-depth focus on particular multi-species assemblages
  • Conducting ethnographic fieldwork for about 12-15 months in south-central Africa (either Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimba-bwe or Angola
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Presentation of results in the form of regular reports, lectures and publications
  • Participating on regular project meetings
  • Support in the organization of academic and policy events (con-ferences, workshops, working meetings)
  • Completed master‘s degree (MA) in Ethnologie / Social and Cultural Anthropology (or related disciplines)
  • Expertise in environmental anthropology
  • Willingness to conduct several months of ethnographic research in south-central Africa; familiarity with the research sites will be beneficial
  • Excellent knowledge of English is required; knowledge of German or willingness to learn German for communication purposes is desired
  • Integration in the University‘s Global South Study Center
  • A diverse and fair working environment
  • Support in reconciling work and family life
  • Flexible working time models
  • Extensive advanced training opportunities
  • Occupational health management offers
  • Local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The positions are available from 01.01.2022 on a part-time ba-sis (29,87 working hours per week / 75%). They are limited until 31.12. 2024 with an option of extending for an additional year. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qua-lifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal oppor-tunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westpha-lia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also ex-pressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

Please send your convincing application by email (in one pdf-file) with the reference number Wiss2109-01 to m.boeck@uni-koeln.de.

The application deadline is 31. 10 2021.

 If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig (michael.bollig@uni-koeln.de).

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