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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Exzellenzausschreibungen – EXC 2020 Temporal Communities/ Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

The Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" aims to create a new theoretical and methodological take on literature in a global perspective. Introducing the notion of ‘temporal communities’, the Cluster investigates the ways in which literature reaches out through space and time, establishing complex temporalities and extensive transcultural and transtemporal networks as it interacts with other arts and media. The Cluster’s research is conducted within five Research Areas: 1. Competing Communities, 2. Travelling Matters, 3. Future Perfect, 4. Literary Currencies, 5. Building Digital Communities.

From 1 October 2022, 5 positions for research associates (50% part-time, limited to 3 years, pay group 13 TV-L FU) are available at the Cluster ( ). The 3 positions advertised here are designed for candidates with individual projects that are clearly related to one of the 5 Research Areas of the Cluster.

The research associates will at the same time be members of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies as doctoral students: They will complete its curriculum and have access to the mentoring and qualification offers. In case of thematic fit, an affiliation with the Graduate School of North American Studies is also possible. Doctoral students will have access to travel, conference, and workshop funds.

Research associates / Doctoral students (m/f/d)

3 Positions

Working field:

  • Developing and implementing an individual, three-year research project within the framework of EXC “Temporal Communities” which is in line with the research agenda of one of the Cluster’s Research Areas and contributes to its further development. The research project should be outlined in an exposé of max. 10 pages (to be uploaded on the application portal).

  • Completion of the curriculum of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree
  • Participating in regular working meetings and workshops of the Research Area XXX 3 of the Cluster
  • Participating in the organisation and implementation of interdisciplinary, international conferences and workshops and contributing to the resulting publications 

  • Contributing to the publication of the project's research results in the "Living Handbook of Temporal Communities”


MA or equivalent degree (Magister, Diplom) in literary or cultural studies

  • Excellent academic track record 

  • Affinity for literary and cultural theory and interest in historical periods
  • Documented competence in more than one national literature, preferably also non-European literatures, and/or in one or more intermedial fields of literary practice (film, theatre, art history, performance, etc.)

  • Independent working style, willingness to engage in interdisciplinary exchange
  • Very good knowledge of German and/or English (one of the two languages at least on level C1 CEFR, the other at least on level B2 CEFR)

How to apply:

There is an online portal through which submitted applications with informative documents are preferably accepted no later than November 14th, 2021. You will find information on this at

For further information, please contact Mrs. Izabella Goikhman ( / +49 30 838 65648).

Applications by post should be sent to

Freie Universität Berlin
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Mrs. Izabella Goikhman
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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