Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

The Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies (CIIS), University of Tübingen, invites doctoral students of all CIVIS-Universities to become Junior Fellows in Intercultural Studies for the academic year of 2021/22 and pursue a program collaboratively organized by the Universities of Athens, Bucharest and Tübingen. Application is open to doctoral students in philosophy, literature, cultural studies, sociology, political sciences and neighboring subjects.

The program starts October 2021 and runs through July 2022. Click on the flyer and the official CIVIS website.

Topic 2021/22: The Relevance of Belonging – Global Perspectives.

Belonging is an increasingly questionable concept in the 21st century, when human society is becoming more and more global. Societies are becoming more diverse, national affiliations are challenged by migration and traditional ties seem to be generally dissolving. At the same time, however, a new need for belonging is emerging. It is only in belonging together with others, in the community, that the actual scope for political action is opened up to the individual. Belonging therefore not only creates security and safety, but also gives rise to responsibility and makes the individual responsible. In this sense Hannah Arendt speaks of the only human right to have rights - and to belong to a political community.

How can the phenomenon of belonging be adequately grasped? What creates belonging, how is it constituted in detail and what does it mean for the relationship between people on the one hand and for the relationship between man and the world on the other (e.g. climate crisis)? How dynamic are affiliations to communities and their convictions or values, to places, to traditions of different cultural imprint, etc.? How do different affiliations influence each other? What role does historicity, traditions and lore play? What is the relationship between the freedom of the individual and the ties to a community? What forms of coercion are there and how can they be countered?

Junior Fellows

Click here to see our Junior Fellows for the academic year of 2020/21 from the Universities of Athens, Bucharest, Madrid and Tübingen.


Up to 15 doctoral students working on related topics and/or strongly interested in the above mentioned research topic of this academic year are invited to become associated Junior Fellows at the Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies (CIIS), University of Tübingen, for one academic year. They will have the chance to get into close intellectual exchange with Postdoctoral Senior Fellows at CIIS who do research on topics related to the above mentioned topic.

The Fellowship consists of three modules:

- An online course with weekly virtual sessions during the semester terms (Oct 21- Jan 22 and Mar-Jun 22) on “Belonging. Recent Perspectives in Phenomenology”. The course is jointly organized by the Universities of Athens, Bucharest and Tübingen.

- A one-week-workshop jointly organized by the Universities of Athens, Bucharest and Tübingen that will take place at University of Tübingen in July 2022 (July 25th-29th) at which all Junior Fellows present their work (travel expenses and accommodation shall be covered by CIVIS). The workshop includes lectures by CIIS Senior Fellows and the CIIS Director as well as academics from University of Athens and Bucharest.

- The opportunity to attend different workshops organized by CIIS Senior Fellows at Tübingen University throughout the academic year (travel expenses and accommodation will have to be covered by the participants).

Lecturers: Niels Weidtmann (Tübingen), Bogdan Mincă (Bucharest), Panagiotis Thanassas (Athens), Senior Research Fellows at the CIIS (to be selected spring 2021).

Course outline

The course topic is “Belonging. Recent Perspectives in Phenomenology”.

The course will be offered online (via Zoom) and consists of 24 units, 12 sessions each semester namely: October 2021 – January 2022 and March 2022 – June 2022. It is scheduled for Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm. It is a joint course of the University of Tübingen, the University of Bucharest and the University of Athens.

The course provides general insight into recent developments and perspectives in phenomenology yet focusing on the topic of “belonging”. This topic will be discussed against the background of recent developments in phenomenology as related to social and political philosophy. Amongst others authors like Arendt, Derrida, Heidegger, Honneth, Lévinas, Rombach, Stenger and Waldenfels will be referred to.

Workshop Outline

The workshop takes place 25th-29th July 2022 at the CIIS, University of Tübingen. Arrival and welcoming session on July 25th. During morning sessions 26th-28th CIIS Senior Fellows will present their work while the Junior Fellows will present their research projects during afternoon sessions. Closing session and final discussion on July 29th.

The workshop is meant for collaboration and academic networking. It gives the Junior Fellows the opportunity to present and discuss their own research with CIIS Senior Fellows as well as with Junior Fellow-Colleagues from European Universities participating in the CIVIS Program. It will also provide the opportunity to get to know the University of Tübingen as well as its research campus more closely.

Additionally, Junior Fellows are invited to attend workshops which are organized by CIIS Senior Fellows throughout the year and which deal with the topic of belonging in different perspectives.

The workshop and course will be delivered in English language.

Application procedure

Applications are welcome from philosophy, literature, cultural studies, sociology, political sciences and neighboring subjects. Applicants should be doctoral students at one of the Universities of CIVIS (exceptionally master students may be accepted). Applicants must be willing to pursue the entire course program and attend the July-workshop with a presentation of their own research project.

Applicants should send their CV, short outline of their research project (1.000 words) and a cover letter indicating their motivation to become Junior Fellow of the CIIS to infospam

The application deadline is August 15th 2021.