The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.
The Law & Anthropology Department invites applications for 3 Postdoctoral research positions
One of the aims of the Law & Anthropology Department is to offer a stimulating interdisciplinary forum where both anthropologists and lawyers can engage with one another and conduct cutting-edge, policy-relevant research linked to the intensification of exchanges and encounters among and between societies, communities, and cultures in today’s world. Of particular interest for this call are projects that that engage in empirically informed research in an effort to find legislative, administrative, judicial, or practical solutions to issues of accommodating diversity (cultural, religious, ethnic, etc.) under state law. Appointees will contribute to the development of the Department’s research agenda, not only by gaining insights into how solutions in concrete cases could – or could not – be achieved, but also to critically assess the various normative frameworks within which accommodation takes place. Appointees are expected to engage with the methodological and epistemological challenges that accompany the effort to combine law and anthropology.
Both lawyers and anthropologists who are actively involved in the study of the accommodation of diversity are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to research proposals that address the European context.