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The Department of Religious Diversity invites applications for two full
time funded postdoctoral positions for the research project on new media
and religious politics. This project is investigating new media
dynamics, political Islam and political Hinduism in South Asia and among
the South Asian diaspora in EuropeThe objective is to examine the ways
that the Internet media facilitates and reshapes new transnational
networks of religious politics, and its ramifications for South Asian
politics and diaspora cultures.

Postdoc 1
The successful candidate will explore Internet enabled new media
practices and political Islam among the South Asian diaspora in the UK
and Germany. Ethnographic fieldwork among the diasporic Islamic
communities and major organizations for political Islam connected to
South Asia is expected. A background in Islamic studies or proficiency
in Urdu/Arabic is desired.

Postdoc 2
The researcher will carry out an ethnographic study of online practices
among the Indian diaspora and major organizations for political Hinduism
in the UK. The postdoctoral fellows will design the study concerning
these themes, lead fieldwork, and collaborate with other researchers
working on the project. Candidates with a PhD or close to finishing a
PhD, and with research interests in media and South Asia are encouraged
to apply.

This full time fixed-term post for two years will begin in July 2015 or
as soon as possible after this date.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women
wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women
are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal
opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially
encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications.

The complete application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae,
writing sample, a two-page research proposal must be sent by email or
mail before 15 May, 2015 to:

Professor Peter van der Veer
Managing Director
Max Planck Institute for the
Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Hermann-Foge Weg 11
Goettingen, Germany
vdvoffice@mmg.mpg.de
Enquiries may be made to Dr Sahana Udupa at udupa@mmg.mpg.de

Please see the link for more information on the institute: www.mmg.mpg.de

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