PhD Position in Ukrainian History at the University of Heidelberg
The University of Heidelberg invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in the European Research Council Project “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China, and Mongolia, 1905–2005.” The PhD candidate will explore the history of Ukrainian parliamentarism from the participation of Ukrainian representatives in the State Duma of the Russian Empire to the 2004 Constitutional Reform.
The project “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China, and Mongolia, 1905–2005” addresses the entangled histories of deliberative decision making, political representation, and constitutionalism on the territories of the former Russian and Qing Empires and focuses on the cases of Russia, Ukraine, China, and Mongolia between 1905 and 2005. Employing the perspectives of the New Imperial History and Transcultural Studies, the project overcomes narrow state-centered approaches and takes advantage of multidisciplinary methodology crossing history and political science.
The project traces parliamentary developments, the interactions among imperial and post-imperial intellectuals and their engagement in global discussions, shared imperial legacies, mutual borrowings and references, imperial and post-imperial political practices, and translatability of concepts. It seeks to refute the stereotypes about inclinations towards democracy in particular national contexts by tracing relevant transnational practices and interactions and providing a nuanced political and intellectual history of parliamentarism.
The University of Heidelberg will employ the PhD candidate for three years (gross monthly salary is budgeted at 45% of TV-L E13/2, approx. 2,475 EUR) and sponsor two months of archival fieldwork in Ukraine. The prospective candidate has to hold an MA (or equivalent) degree in history or a related field and have excellent knowledge of English (TOEFL 90 or IELTS 7), Ukrainian, and Russian. The position is scheduled to start on October 1, 2018.
- a cover letter;
- a CV;
- a certificate of an MA (or equivalent) degree;
- a transcript of records;
- a certificate of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS);
- a short essay (750–1000 words without references) explaining how you would do research on the proposed topic.