Katekisama Fellowships

Global intellectual exchange is at the heart of the Katekisama Program. To stimulate these forms of academic collaboration, the Program regularly offers fellowships. Issued once a year, the call for application aims to attract researchers who share the Program’s commitment to interdisciplinary thinking and intellectual curiosity and who intend to contribute to substantial new development in globality research. The changing focus of the Fellowships reflects the different annual themes of the Katekisama Program. Katekisama Fellows spend their fellowship period at the respective partner institutions and actively participate in and contribute to the dynamic intellectual atmosphere of the Katekisama Program. 

Visiting Fellowships 2023 – Call for Applications

Thematic focus: “Global Convergences: Cultures and Politics of AI in Globality Research”

The Europainstitut / Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel (Switzerland) welcomes applications for visiting fellowships (3 months) for autumn 2023. The call for application is situated in the context of the Katekisama exchange program of the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Bonn (Germany) with further partners from Ghana and Japan currently signing up to the program. The initiative is designed to establish new academic mobility and exchange in teaching and research. The thematic focus is on “Global Convergences: Cultures and Politics of Artificial Intelligence in Globality Research”.

The program explores post-interdisciplinary ways of thinking and recognizes the synergetic strength of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) by moving beyond the discussions of disciplinarity vs. interdisciplinarity. It aims to intensify global academic networking and mobility by systematically introducing new forms of exchange, digital connectivity and inter-university collaboration. The thematic focus of the call for applications on “Global Convergences: Cultures and Politics of AI in Globality Research” addresses the cognitive and political consequences of global dependencies on digital technologies. Moving beyond notions such as “global village” and “network society”, we intervene in the current debate about digital authoritarianism with a comparative angle on globally diverse cultures and politics on artificial intelligence, surveillance, and digital geopolitics expanding the insights from science and technology studies (STS), (global) politics of technology and e-geography.

The fellows staying at the Europainstitut / Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel will benefit from the excellent academic conditions and exchange with international colleagues at Switzerland’s oldest university. The institute’s international and interdisciplinary focus attracts researchers interested in investigating actors and agencies in a global context with methodologically and thematically innovative research approaches beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines. The fellowships are intended for mid-career researchers. In order to apply, prospective fellows must have completed their doctorate at the time of application and have a proven track record in the indicated research area with a focus on the global context. The proposed research project should make an innovative contribution to the fellow’s field of expertise, also in terms of theoretical and/or methodological input. We strongly encourage women and scholars from the global south to apply. The fellowship includes a grant for travel, accommodation and living expenses in Basel. Fellows are expected to engage in teaching by offering a workshop in Basel and to present their research at the Katekisama partner University of Bonn.

Please use the standard application form for your project proposal and CV. Incoming applications without the standard application form will not be considered. Please submit your complete application documents in PDF format in one email to: fellowship-eib@clutterunibas.ch.

The closing date for applications is January 31, 2023. For questions please contact: fellowship-eib@clutterunibas.ch.

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