Research Explorer Ruhr: Hosts and Application (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Here you find the profiles of the participating professors in the Humanities and Social Sciences. You can conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile: please download and fill in the application form and send it to us via e-mail (use the blue button at the end of the PDF form). Please keep in mind to attach your CV and a publication list to the e-mail. The application deadline is 1 March 2020.

Important note: In case you would like to work with a researcher who has not uploaded a profile, please send your application to research-explorer@rub.de so that we can get in touch with the respective professor. Do NOT send any kind of application to a professor directly.

Business Administration and Economics:

Prof. Dr. Jochen Gönsch (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Mercator School of Management / Business Administration

Chair of Business Administration, in particular Service Operations

Research Area:

We work in Operations Research.
Application Areas:

  • Pricing & Revenue Management
  • Innovative Mobility (Vehicle sharing)
  • Management of energy storage for renewables
  • Resource-efficient production (Closed-loop supply chains)

Methods:

  • Dynamic Programming (DP)
  • Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP)
  • Linear Programming (LP)
  • Simulation-base Optimization (SBO)
  • Discrete Choice Analysis (DCA)
  • Heuristics

We publish our results in international, peer-reviewed journals (see SSRN or website). Moreover, we also use the results in our teaching and collaborate with industry to support their application.

Candidate Profile:

You are our ideal candidate!
You have a solid background in operations research with experience in modelling, optimization and coding (any language). During your PhD, you already submitted your work to international peer-reviewed journals. Moreover, your English allows us to discuss abstract concepts (science).
Of course, it may be helpful if we have some overlap regarding methods or application area. But it is clearly not necessary to share all interests.
I am pretty sure no one will satisfy all of the above. Please just try and apply!

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Prof. Dr. Manuel Wiesche (TU Dortmund University)

Faculty of Business and Economics

Information Systems

Research Area:

The research group is working on topics that bridge business and IT. Topics in the area of digitalization include:

  • digital platform ecosystems
  • project management and collaboration in teams: e.g., agile work
  • digital service innovation, e.g. adoption of new technologies such as Augmented Reality
  • digital work: capabilities, robot-interaction

Candidate Profile:

We are looking for collaborators who are interested in working on joint research projects in the topics described above. Candidates should bring ideas and access for projects that relate to our research projects.

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Cultural Studies:

Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Institute for Diaspora Research and Genocide Studies

Research Area:

The Institute for Diaspora Research and Genocide Studies was founded with the aim of combining research on the causes and structures of collective, state-based persecution and violence with a pointed research on the individual, social and political consequences of collective violence. The bridge between research on genocide and research on exile, migrations, memory and trauma forms the guiding principle of our work: neither do collective forms of violence begin nor end up with the deaths caused thereby. They have a prehistory of persecution, and they also ask to investigate the post-history of survival, migration, and traumatic long-term consequences over several generations. With this guiding principle, the institute not only has an independent research perspective, but also underlines the obligation to consciously take over social responsibilities.
Field of research:
– Genocide as a State Policy
– Knowledge, Ideology, Politics
– Minorities: History, Rights, Social Places
– Memory, Narratives, Intergenerational Consequences
– Loss, Trauma, Transmission

Candidate Profile:

Candidates from all fields of Humanities (e.g. History, Philosophy, Literature), Social Science, Political Science or the fields of International Law, respectively International Criminal Law, are welcome.

The PhD-projects of candidates may deal with:
- theoretical or methodological questions of the research about collective violence, genocide and forced migration;
- case-studies concerning particular aspects of collective violence or comparative studies;
- questions concerning punishment and prevention of collective violence and severe violation of human rights in international law;
- questions about survival and trauma, recollection and memory.

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Prof. Dr. Julika Griem (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)

Research Area:

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen is an interdisciplinary research institute for the humanities and social sciences in the tradition of institutes for advanced study. As a partner institution of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the KWI cooperates with scientists of its member universities as well as with other researchers across North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and the globe.
Currently, work at the KWI is focused on the following areas: cultural science studies, literary and cultural sociology, science communication, and a teaching laboratory. The KWI also aims to establish an interdisciplinary working group on reading research.
It is an important goal of the KWI to establish innovative connections between philology, cultural studies, and the social sciences.

Candidate Profile:

We expect candidates to bring a research proposal or at least have concrete ideas for innovative research projects in the areas of 1) the sociology of literature and culture, 2) research on reading, or 3) science communication.
Postdoc candidates are specifically invited to apply. Fluent English is necessary, German language skills would be welcome, but are not required.

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Prof. Dr. Gudrun Marci-Boehncke (TU Dortmund University)

Cultural Studies

Diversity Studies (Forschungsstelle Jugend-Medien-Bildung)

Research Area:

In the research centre we are working on various projects concerning the handling of digital media. The focus here is on teachers of all teaching professions and school types, starting with early education, as well as library staff. We are also involved in the analysis of online forums. One focus is on application processes, another one on diversity studies. We develop digital teaching materials for teacher training and are involved into research projects in the field of media education, media aesthetics and media ethics. Currently we conduct research about digital video reflections of teacher training situations as well as about teachers beliefs as regards digital work in schools. Additionally, there is a major research interest in our team for inclusive teaching in heterogeneous groups, using a universal design of learning.

Candidate Profile:

An ideal addition to our team would be an applicant who is constructively interested in digital media work in didactic contexts, primarily in the field of language mediation, media pedagogy and diversity studies. The person should have interest and initial knowledge in empirical research, digital technology and feel connected to the social science forms of work. We can communicate well in English.

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Educational Sciences:

Prof. Dr. Alexandra König (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Institute of Education

Research on Socialisation

Research Area:

Our research group examines processes of socialisation with special attention to childhood (and youth) in contexts of migration and transnationality. We link an interactionistic perspective with theories of structural reproduction.
In an ongoing study which is rooted in the sociology of childhood we focus on different social worlds of refugee children and their families living in Germany. Our project will contribute to research on refugee children by considering a) children’s actorship, b) the processuality of social positioning c) the heterogeneity of (generational) expectations perceived and managed by children in different social worlds (family, school, peers). We will take into account d) the multi-local reference groups of refugee children. By doing so, our study contributes to the formal theory of childhood and processes of social/generational ordering.
Another current research project focuses on transnational childhood in the context of temporary migration of mothers (like it is the case for Polish caregivers in Germany).
Our aim is to enrich and further broaden the scope of our research by collaborating with colleagues from other countries, working in the same or neighboring research fields.

Candidate Profile:

We welcome any candidate who works in the field of sociology of childhood, youth and/or family. The perfect candidate is interested in transnational phenomena and migration processes. Empirical knowledge in childhood studies is appreciated. In our methodological approaches we draw from qualitative and ethnographic methods, applying the analytical procedures of Grounded Theory. The candidate should have some practical experience with these approaches.

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History:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Oschema (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Faculty of Historical Sciences

(Late) Medieval History

Research Area:

My work focuses on late medieval court culture in a broad perspective: with an accent on the courts of Burgundy and France, my main interest lies in developing new approaches towards a "cultural history of politics". In this context, I am currently working on late medieval astrologers as "experts" and "scientific political advisers", but also more generally on practices of decision-making and the social processes involved in the construction of the political sphere. This research also puts a strong accent on "knowledge", which plays a vital role: I have a strong interest in research on the creation and implementation of knowledge, including the pertinent social processes, conflicts, and groups.
A second important facet of my work concerns late medieval "images of the world" (Weltbilder) and their effects: With a focus on geographical and political systems of "order" and their textual and visual representation (maps etc.), I work, amongst others, on the role and perception of continents (particularly Europe).

Candidate Profile:

We welcome any candidate who envisages to work on a subject concerning the late Middle Ages in Europe and beyond. We are particularly looking for researchers with the capacity to work on vernacular sources in French or other Romance languages, and who share our interest in questions and approaches that are informed by the perspective of cultural studies/cultural history, and who enjoy working in a young and motivated team.

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Law:

Prof. Dr. Peter A. Windel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Faculty of Law

Chair of Procedural Law and Civil Law

Research Area:

The Chair of Procedural Law and Civil Law is working on most of the particular fields of said realms of law: Contract law, law of property, possession and real estate, family law and the law of succession as the particular fields of civil law; in the area of Procedural Law the research focus is on the law of the constitution of the courts, constitutional as well as civil procedural law, law of enforcement and bankruptcy law.
Above all, we are focussed on the German legal system and its specific methods – the so called German docmatics of law. Against this background, however, we are engaged in the International Legal Dialogue and in studies in Comparative Law.

Candidate Profile:

Our perfect candidate would be graduated in one of the fields of law mentioned above. He or she would be curious about the German legal system, especially about Procedural and Civil Law. Further, the desired candidate will need to be proficient in both German and English, also it is required that he or she has a substantial legal vocabulary. Finally, he or she has pronounced social and communicative competences and enjoys partaking in the exploration of various cultures.

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Philology:

Prof. Dr. Roger Friedlein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Faculty of Philology, Department of Romance Languages

Iberoromanic Literature

Research Area:

Fields of interest: Romance Literatures (especially Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan, including Latin America). Literary dialogue in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, epic poetry in Renaissance and Romanticism.
Ongoing DAAD project on the theoretical discourse about the epic in the Portuguese-speaking world, which is being carried out in partnership with the UFRGS (Porto Alegre/Brazil).

Candidate Profile:

Skills in literary studies of Romance languages (Spanish/Portuguese/Catalan) and their classical tradition; doctoral project or doctoral thesis in this area, esp. 16/17th or 19th century. Best: research interest in epic poetry.

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Philosophy:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Niederberger (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Institute of Philosophy

Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Research Area:

Research in our group focuses on political, social and legal philosophy. We are particularly interested in democratic theory, international political theory and in cosmopolitan political or legal philosophy, especially in transnational democracy, global justice, human rights, legal pluralism, migration and climate ethics. We also work on the history of political and legal thought from the 16th to the 20th century and on questions of collective agency and social ontology. We are currently coordinating the Horizon2020 project Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis.

Candidate Profile:

We are looking for candidates with training in political theory or political, social or legal philosophy, but also scholars with a more empirical social scientific or historical focus with important theoretical or normative implications. We are particularly interested in candidates working on international and transnational issues (for ex. migration, climate change, collective violence, human rights, global civil society), ideally with also a normative perspective.

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