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Interdisziplinäres Forschungszentrum Ostseeraum: CfP und Research Fellowship

The IFZO-Research Fellowship

Application deadline: 15 November 2021

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) is pleased to award four fellowships to support significant research about transformations in the Baltic Sea region and related topics that would benefit from a period of residence at the Centre and access to its resources. These fellowships are designed for scholars at doctoral and postdoctoral level.
The IFZO accommodates seven research clusters on Cultural Heritage, Energy, Security and International Relations, Regional Development and Rural Areas, New Nationalism, Sustainability and Regional Land Use Dynamics.” We invite applications from scholars who are willing to contribute to the research programme and like to engage in an interdisciplinary discourse with researchers in Greifswald and the entire Baltic Sea region.
Participating disciplines include history, literary studies, Baltic, Slavonic, Scandinavian and Finnish philologies, art history, socio-linguistics, musicology, geography, economics, political science, law, sustainability studies, and international relations. In an interdisciplinary approach, researchers at all levels of their academic careers jointly investigate current transformation processes, their impact on regional structures as well as the impact of regionality on these processes. The fragmentation of transformation processes is researched through cultural, social, economic, legal and political lenses, formulated in the joint research agenda on “Fragmented Transformations. Perceptions, Constructions, and Orders of a Changing Region”. We welcome applications by scholars who work either on case studies with strong connection to the Baltic Sea region or follow a conceptual approach that contributes to the overall programme of the centre.

Benefits of Becoming an IFZO-Fellow
A fellowship at the IFZO not only provides time to research and access to library/research facilities but also an extensive network of people and institutions. From onboarding meetings with colleagues, to active involvement in workshops, and to presentations by fellows and staff alike, fellows participate in an intimate environment designed to create the most fruitful research experience possible. The fellowship may serve as a starting point for collaborative project development, publications and can also provide a basis for project applications to relevant funding institutions.

Fellowship Duration and Stipend
In addition, fellows receive a monthly stipend of 1,750.00 EUR. Individual awards range from three to six consecutive months of residency. A minimum of three consecutive months is required. Fellows may not hold an IFZO-fellowship concurrently with other funded fellowships. The IFZO is also able to provide visa assistance to fellows and their dependents, if necessary. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. We do not provide support allowances for accompanying family members.

Application Materials and Guidelines
The IFZO will hold 2021 competition for fellowship residencies in 2022-2023. The competition is currently open and will close on 15 November 2021. We appreciate applicants‘ understanding, as the ongoing pandemic may affect the program in a variety of ways, such as our ability to accommodate preferred residency terms.
Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Successful project proposals should highlight the benefits for both sides, the scholar and the centre. Together with a max. 5-page project proposal applicants should mention a preferred IFZO-cluster to cooperate with.
Immediate postdocs and faculty between appointments will also be considered. Applicants who have received a fellowship award from the IFZO in previous cycles may not re-apply.

All applications must be submitted in English in one pdf-file to the email address below. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes latest by 15 January 2022. Fellowships may begin in April 2022. All applications must consist of the following:
– A project proposal, not to exceed five single-spaced pages
– A curriculum vitae summary, not to exceed four single-spaced pages
– Two signed letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out. Only two letters will be considered. Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline and come directly from the references, not from the applicant.

Please note the deadline for all materials, 15 November 2021.

Contact Information
University of Greifswald
IFZO, Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research
Bahnhofstrasse 51
17487 Greifswald

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7-9 July 2022, IFZO Conference, Deadline 10 November 2021
„Baltic Sea in Exchange. Transformations between Conflict and Cooperation“

This conference focuses on the study of transformative processes in the Baltic Sea region.
In the context of climate change, political radicalization and economic crises, the societies of the Baltic Sea region must jointly cope with fundamental change. This affects both technologies and accepted practices, as well as established systems of meaning and values. These have emerged over centuries of interaction and integration and contribute to a shared problem and conflict management. It is one thing to develop renewable energy, sustainable economic models and transportation systems, but it is another thing to implement them and ensure their acceptance as transformative processes in the Baltic Sea Region. At the same time, environment and achievements are at stake, challenging health and public services in rural areas as well as threatening the cultural heritage of the entire region. Innovative ideas and approaches need not only be developed, but also recorded, translated and communicated. Complex transformations have left their mark on many fields of research. We invite scholars to the following sections to share their observations and findings and to discuss them in an interdisciplinary forum. The conference seeks to understand transformative processes and develop overarching questions in relevant fields of research.

In the section „Shared Cultural Heritage“ we discuss new approaches to cultural heritage using case studies from different backgrounds, including unintentional cultural heritage of military and political occupations, cultural landscapes, cultural canons or their resemantisations.

The section „Energy Transformation“ aims to shed light on the ambivalent position of „Nord Stream 2“ in the context of renewable energies. Additional topics cover sustainable energy supply to rural areas and a unified energy market in the Baltic Sea region. We encourage contributions from legal and sociological perspectives.

In the section „Security Architecture“ we focus on changing political, military and infrastructural situations and welcome contributions on the NATO-Russia conflict, military manoeuvres and the role of national security interests in the Baltic Sea Region.
In the section „Rural Areas“, we invite case studies on innovations/best practice examples of public services in rural areas. We are interested in health care management, entrepreneurship and financial management as well as issues of policy mobility.
In the section „New Nationalisms“, we discuss history constructions, gender narratives and minority discourses of new-nationalist movements and actors. We give special attention to the politics of memory, national minorities (politics), as well as gender and language.

In the section „Sustainability Transformation“ we focus on transformative behavioural change, the shift towards sustainable economies and maritime pollution. We also include topics on conflicts of use, sustainability policy, and sustainability psychology.
In the section „Patterns of Land Use“ we welcome contributions on how turning points change land use, such as after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, Chernobyl, or the Ukraine conflict.

Panel and paper applications (titles, abstract (300 characters), short CV) via email to ifzo@uni-greifswald.de. Deadline is 10 November 2021.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) combines research competencies on the Baltic Sea region at the University of Greifswald and offers an innovative research environment to international visiting researcher.
In the IFZO research network „Fragmented Transformations. Perceptions, Constructions, Constitutions of a Region in Transition“, seven interdisciplinary research groups identify and study transformation processes relating to new understandings of cultural heritage, the energy transition, the change of security architecture and public services, the emergence of new nationalisms, sustainability transformation and land-use in the Baltic Sea Region.


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