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Rethinking Global Religion

Job Announcement

Theme: Rethinking Global Religion
Type: Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion
Institution: Faculty of Humanities, University of Tübingen
Location: Tübingen (Germany)
Date: from April 2022
Deadline: 30.9.2021

The University of Tübingen Faculty of Humanities is seeking an
Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion – Rethinking Global
Religion – for the university-wide platform Global Encounters as of

The contract is initially for four years and will be extended by
another two years following a positive interim evaluation. After
these six years, there is a final evaluation, and based on its
recommendation, the University can offer a permanent position.

The position is within the future Institute for the Study of
Religion. It is one of four assistant professorships currently being
hired in connection with the University’s ‘Global Encounters’
platform. Established as part of its Excellence Strategy, this
platform examines the construction, reconstruction and restructuring
of global networks. It focuses on the processes and practices of
interdependency and communication, as well as the consequences such
global encounters have for the formation of knowledge and
communities, which are studied with regard to their decoloniality and
their future sustainability. The Global Encounters platform brings
together and supports researchers from different fields, to help them
channel the growing dynamic at the University of Tübingen toward
attracting major external funding for anything from collaborative
centers to Clusters of Excellence.

In the context of the interdisciplinary orientation of the Global
Encounters platform, the position holder is expected to make
theoretically and methodologically sound contributions to the
analysis of religious dynamics in their global context from a
non-European perspective, regarding the period from the beginning of
the modern era to the present, and including postcolonial/ decolonial
approaches. In addition to methodological competence, profound
language skills and regional knowledge in Asian, African or Latin
American contexts is expected; involvement in international academic
networks, preferably in the corresponding region, is desired. In
teaching, participation in Study of Religion courses currently under
development is expected, as well as participation in related courses
of study in other disciplines, e.g., in the Master of Arts in
Interfaith Studies.

The position has an initial teaching load of two courses per
semester, i.e. four hours per week, prior to the interim evaluation,
and three courses/six hours thereafter.

Required qualifications include an outstanding PhD or equivalent
international degree, publications in international journals, and
teaching experience.

Details on the academic context of the professorship, on the Global
Encounters platform, and information on the criteria underlying the
interim and final evaluations may be found at the following link:

In the course of the contract, the assistant professor is expected to
attain the research and teaching achievements that will qualify for
an appointment as a tenured professor at any German university (known
as the habilitation). Those who have already completed a habilitation
will be excluded from consideration for this position.

The University seeks to increase the number of international
professors and therefore welcomes applications from researchers
outside Germany. The University is also interested in increasing the
number of women in research and teaching and therefore also strongly
encourages women to apply. Applications from equally qualified
candidates with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications (including a curriculum vitae, degree certificates, list
of publications, list of classes taught) along with personally
authored monographs and up to 5 published papers should be sent by 30
September 2021, if possible in electronic form, to:

Postal address:
Dean of Humanities, Keplerstr. 2, 72074 Tübingen

Enquiries may also be directed to this address:
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt

General information on professorships, hiring processes, and the
German academic system can be found here:


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt, Dean
Faculty of Humanities
University of Tübingen
Keplerstr. 2
72074 Tübingen