Call for applications – Institute for the History and Future of Work

Call for Applications
The Institute for the History and Future of Work (Institut für die
Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit – IGZA) is a foundation recently
established by Dr. Horst Neumann in Wolfsburg and Berlin. It supports
the study of historical developments, present problems and future
perspectives of work and labour. Presently, one of its research fields
is dealing with the history, present varieties and future possibilities
of working time (Arbeitszeit) in a cross-epochal historical

In cooperation with the international research center “Work and Human
Lifecycle in Global History” (re:work) at Humboldt University of Berlin
(funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) the IGZA
invites scholars from different disciplines to apply for research
fellowships in order to study aspects of the history of the working
time, in Berlin during the academic year 2017-2018. Three fellowships,
clustered in a thematic group, will be awarded. Applications are due on
22 January 2017.

We welcome candidates from various disciplines including history,
anthropology, law, sociology, political sciences, geography, economics,
and area studies. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level or
senior scholars. Applications should focus on questions related to work
and working time. Possible topic areas are, among others, the
separability and entanglements of working time and other dimensions of
life time in past and present, the length, extension and reduction of
working time, tensions, conflicts and negotiations related to working
time, work processes and the measurement of time in agriculture,
industries and service occupations, employment, unemployment and rhythms
of life, the relationship between work and non-work/leisure, religious
prescriptions and interpretations of work and working time,
gender-specific problems of defining and limiting working time, working
time and life course, labour rights and labour movements, the reduction
of working time from 3000 yearly hours to 1500 in the last 150 years,
the transition from crafts and manufacture period to industrial
capitalism. We also encourage applications focusing on work and time
structures in Pre- and Early History.

We welcome proposals with respect to different historical periods and
different regions of the world and especially those that look at
comparisons, conflicts, relations between different regions. A global
history perspective is not required; keeping an open mind to such
approaches, however, is highly desirable.

The fellowships will begin on 1 October 2017 and end on 31 July 2018.
Shorter fellowship terms will be possible. Fellows will receive a
monthly stipend to be determined. This is a residential fellowship.
Fellows are obliged to work at re:work in Berlin. A fully equipped
office at re:work will be provided as well as organizational help for
visa, housing, etc. During the fellowship, we also encourage fellows to
introduce their work to wider audiences within Berlin’s scientific
community. The fellows will be fully integrated in re:work’s fellow
cohort of the year 2017/18, including colloquiums, workshops, and all
other joint activities. Fellows at re:work work on topics related to
work and life course in a global perspective. Further information about
the center, you will find on re:work’s website:

Application procedure:
Please use the electronic form on the rework website (or access the link

You will be asked to provide information regarding your biography, the
research project you intend to work on during your fellowship as well as
details on your current research. Applicants should provide the names of
two referees in addition to that.

Please note that we can only accept electronically submitted
Application deadline: 22 January 2017
For further information, please contact:

Institut für die Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit
Alte Jakobstrasse 149
10969 Berlin
Dr. Philipp Staab:

For further information about re:work, please contact:
Dr. Felicitas Hentschke
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IGK Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Georgenstr.23, 10117 Berlin
T (030) 2093 702 06

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