Ludwig-Maxilimians-Universität München, Asian Studies
Research associate, Kingship in Narrative, Memory, and History
|Institution Type:||College / University|
A position as research associate is now available in the “Kingship and Religion in Tibet,” research project, based at the Institute of Indology and Tibetology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year-long tradition. The project is sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The successful applicant will be part of a team including the director of the project, two postdoctoral researchers, two PhD students, and a visiting researcher from the Tibetan cultural area. The appointment is for a period of one year.
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent degree or expertise, or be of ABD status. Their research should engage with issues of narrative, memory, and history, particularly in an early medieval context (7th to 12th centuries) and as it pertains to the construction or the reimagining of kingship. While the research project is focused on the Tibetan cultural area, it welcomes applicants whose work is relevant from a wider theoretical or areal (e.g. Central Eurasian, Southeast Asian, East Asian) context.
The successful candidate shall reside in Munich for the duration of the appointment, and shall contribute to the life of the institute and the profile of the research project. This may involve research visits to manuscript collections in Paris and London, giving papers at academic conferences, and visiting partner institutions in Asia. This will also entail organizing seminars and small conferences relevant to the topic of kingship in narrative, memory, and history. The successful applicant may also be asked to do a small amount of teaching on a topic related to his or her own research.
The successful applicant will receive an attractive salary in accordance with Grade 13 of the German “Tarifvertrag der Länder Grade 13” (TV/L-13) scale. In addition to the salary, the postdoc shall also be supported by the project‘s budget for research expenses, which will cover research visits to key archives, conference attendance, and research visits to Asia.
The position shall run from 1 Sep 2014 to 31 August 2015. Applications should include a short narrative text (approximately 2,000 words) introducing their work, proposed research plan during the fellowship, and one conference that the candidate would propose to organize. Enclosures should include a CV, list of publications, a short (less than 30 pages) sample of written work, and two letters of recommendation. All materials should be in English.
Applications should arrive by 30 May 2014.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applications from suitably qualified candidates with disabilities will receive favorable consideration.
Our five-year project employs kingship as a heuristic device to chart the relationship between spiritual and temporal power in Tibet. Drawing on historical and philological methodologies, our research group performs a thorough examination of Old Tibetan sources to describe in detail the features of the Tibetan kingship. Situating this in a wider geographical and historical context, the analysis investigates the Tibetan kingship in light of traditions of sacred kingship in India, Southeast Asia, Central Eurasia, and China, while also taking into account comparative anthropological theories of kingship. We place the focus on royal religion and the cult of kingship – a complex of beliefs and rituals that might include both Buddhist and non-Buddhist practices, and priests from several traditions. We thereby try to move analysis beyond a Buddhist versus non-Buddhist dichotomy in Tibetan Studies. In addition, the project analyzes the Buddhist transformation of Tibetan kingship in the post-imperial period, along with the competing depictions of the early kings in both Buddhist and Bon histories. Our research will hopefully contribute to relevant debates in the fields of religious studies and anthrolopology, by situating these Tibetan historiographical problems within their wider intellectual context,
Further materials, including a project outline, can be found at
Kingship and Religion in Tibet Search Committee
c/o Dr. Brandon Dotson
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie
|Primary Category:||Asian History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Religious Studies and Theology