CfA: Fellowship Program 2023 – Social Worlds: China’s Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking


Application deadline: September 30, 2022

Against a backdrop of global political power shifts and faced with the environmental crisis and social injustice, the Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China” explores existing notions of “world” and approaches to worldmaking from transnational and transcultural perspectives. The Center is jointly organized by researchers at universities in Berlin, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Munich, and Würzburg. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In order to promote knowledge exchange, dialogue, and cooperation between Chinese and German scholars, the Center has established a visiting fellowship program. During the fellowship period from April to August, the program provides several short-term fellowships at one of the Center’s partner institutions.

Within the framework of the Center, the project “Social worlds: China’s Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking”, located in Würzburg (Prof. Dr. Björn Alpermann) and conducted in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clement (University of Copenhagen), investigates the political and societal
effects of globalization in China’s cities. It analyses China’s urban governance from a global perspective as well as social interaction and communication processes among different groups of actors forming social worlds. This includes questions such as how both public and private spaces are
constituted, contested and transformed, how this relates to social identity formation, how different social groups shape China’s urban space, and what role the use of different media plays in these processes. The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg is looking for applications for  fellowships with research topics that contribute to this broader endeavor, addressing a relevant theme or subtopic within this framework.

About the Visiting and Research Fellowships
The Center will be able to grant visiting fellowships for one to three months for internationally renowned scholars with a Chinese (or Hong Kong/ Macau/Taiwanese) university background. For researchers based in Germany it is possible to apply for research fellowships in 2023 supporting fieldwork or archival research in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan as well as possibly short-term stays at the Center’s locations in Germany.

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