The Department of Law & Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute invites applications for 3 Postdoctoral (early career) Research Positions in the field of law & anthropology.
In today’s world values and norms are circulating ever more intensely between various societies and cultures. This intensification calls for an in-depth assessment of the ways in which different normative orders and systems of morality coexist at various levels of decision-making worldwide. Research carried out in the Department focuses on legal issues raised by this coexistence, it privileges studies that are based on the in situ study of practices, procedures, institutions and concepts examined within and across normative legal orders. For this round of positions, preference will be given to research proposals that focus on the European context. Topics of particular interest include: (1) the increasing interconnectedness of law and religion; (2) divergent notions of justice in the face of cultural diversity; (3) the ethnographic study of the workings of institutions of social regulation (in, inter alia, the fields of migration; kinship, family and household; neighborhoods; identity issues; property claims and their protection, etc.)
1) an excellent PhD (or doctoral degree) in law, social or cultural anthropology, or other relevant discipline in the human sciences (received within the last five years);
2) clear evidence of familiarity with and knowledge of the topic to be addressed in the research proposal;
3) an interest in empirical field research (this can include relevant legal practice);
4) a solid publication record with articles in peer-reviewed journals;
5) language requirements: a good command of written and spoken English and evidence of relevant language skills (depending on the topic and the regional focus).
Please submit your application electronically by 15 October 2016 by going to the MPI homepage, clicking on ‘Career’, and following the link for ‘Vacancies’