Funding opportunities of TRA 4 'Individuals & Societies'

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  • Idea: Use TRA-specific calls, programs and events
  • Network: find cooperation partners, develop & discuss ideas in workshops
  • Start-up: launch projects & apply for (financial/ideal) funding for start-ups or events
  • Service: Application consulting for TRA and third-party funds
  • Application: project support and contact to specific consulting and service institutions

Collaboration: activities and platform

Find project partners: Collaboration Platform of TRA 4

On our Collaboration Platform, our members can present and discuss their current research ideas. Tell your TRA network that you are looking for collaboration partners or contribute your expertise to other projects and ideas.


TRA 4 Events
Fall Institute: 'Limits of Intelligence: Meaning and Value'
New School for Social ...
Whole Day
Modern knowledge-societies value intelligence as a set of problem-solving capacities. In recent years, we could be said to have entered not only a so-called ...
Conference: "What Does Theology Do, Actually? Part IV".
University of Bonn
03:00 PM
Conference: 'What Does Theology Do, Actually? Part IV - On loci and Locations ins Systematic Theology' (Non-)Systematic Theologians from a highly diverse ...
Workshop: TRAnsDigital
Digital Hub (Am ...
09:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Digitalization of the Humanities and Social Sciences In numerous scientific fields of application, revolutionary new possibilities are developing as ...
3. Roundtable Forced Migration Studies
MIGRApolis, Brüdergasse ...
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
The third Roundtable Forced Migration Studies will take place on March 14, 2024 on the topic "What moves Bonn? Exploring our City in the Context of (Forced) ...

TRA 4 & Teaching

Courses associated with the TRA 4

  • Systematik auf der Insel. Einführung in die Religionsphilosophie. Thema: Hans Georg Gadamer, Wahrheit und Methode (Blockeminar)

Job offers of TRA 4
Research Assistant (50%) (Application deadline: 28.02.2022)

The Transdisciplinary Research Area TRA 4 is looking for a Research Associate (50%) for a limited period of 36 months.


The new Heinrich Hertz Professorship of the Transdisciplinary Research Area TRA 4: Individuals, Institutions and Societies will focus on life and the conditions for its development and success. At a newly emerging "Center for Life Ethics," related ethical aspects will be explored in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner.


Your tasks:
- Project coordination and implementation of the research project "CARE" on ethical, legal and social aspects of technology-assisted prediction of mental illness,
- Development of ethical frameworks for responsible use of predictive technologies and good communication of individual risks,
- Participation in the development, ethical monitoring and evaluation of digital applications in a project network with other universities and practice partners,
- Opportunity for individual further qualification (e.g. PhD) will be given.


Your profile:
- Completed university studies in philosophy, law, medicine, computer science, sociology, communication sciences or a comparable subject related to the research topic,
- Well above average degree and ideally a completed or intended doctorate in the above subjects,
- Ability to conduct ethical analyses, literature reviews, etc., and ideally to evaluate digital applications,
- Previous academic work in the field of digitization research is an advantage,
- Strong ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner,
- Above-average commitment and ability to work in a team,
- Above-average communication skills,
- Very good command of English.


We offer:
- an interdisciplinary and inspiring team of highly motivated employees*,
- a varied and challenging job with one of the largest employers in the region, giving you freedom to conduct your own research,
- a research-oriented environment as well as an inspiring and motivating working atmosphere,
- company pension scheme (VBL),
- numerous offers of university sports,
- very good transport connections and the opportunity to purchase a VRS bulk customer ticket or to use inexpensive parking facilities,
- remuneration according to pay group 13 TV-L.

Research Associate (Application deadline: 28.02.2022)

The Transdisciplinary Research Unit TRA 4 is looking for a research assistant to support us in the challenging tasks at the earliest possible date, limited for 36 months. The position is full- or part-time. It is initially limited to 36 months with the possibility of extension.

The research, teaching, and consulting of the new Heinrich Hertz Professorship of the Transdisciplinary Research Area TRA 4: Individuals, Institutions, and Societies focuses on life and the conditions for its unfolding and success. In particular, the four dynamics of technologization, economization, ecologization, and globalization place individual and social life under great pressure to adapt, change, and shape. At a newly emerging "Center for Life Ethics", these four dynamics and the related ethical aspects will be researched in a transdisciplinary way.


Your tasks:
- Co-design of the newly emerging interdisciplinary Center for Life Ethics and its scientific orientation, development and establishment in the area of the research focus on globalization.
- Joint development of research projects and projects for mediation, participation and consultation
- Coordination and implementation of interdisciplinary research projects
- Establishment of international cooperation on the research focus globalization in research and teaching
- Cooperation with other universities, practice partners and the public in various participation and transfer formats
- Teaching responsibilities amounting to 4 semester hours per week


Your profile:
- Completed university studies in philosophy, law, medicine, computer science, sociology or a comparable subject related to the research topic.
- Master's degree or state examination well above average as well as ideally a completed or intended doctorate in the above-mentioned subjects
- Proven interest in philosophical, social or political science issues as well as a strong ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner, ideally demonstrated by preliminary scientific work
- Ideally, ability to conduct ethical analyses and empirical studies
- Above-average commitment and ability to work in a team
- Above-average communication skills
- Very good command of English


We offer:
- an interdisciplinary and inspiring team of highly motivated colleagues*.
- a varied and challenging job with one of the largest employers in the region, which gives you the freedom to conduct your own research
- a research-oriented environment as well as an inspiring and motivating working atmosphere
- the opportunity for individual further qualification and participation in university self-administration
- company pension scheme (VBL),
- numerous offers of university sports,
- excellent transport links and the opportunity to purchase a VRS public transport ticket or to use low-cost parking facilities,
- remuneration according to pay group 13 TV-L.

Call for applications WHK (1h/w) in the project 'Semantization in discourses on the future' (deadline: 23.07.2021).

TRA 4 is looking for a Research Assistant (WHK) (m/f/d) with a working time of 19 h per week in the project "Semantization in Future Discourses. Agency and Integrity in the Face of Grand Challenges".


In view of the major (world) societal challenges, the question of an appropriate perception, description and interpretation of these phenomenon complexes arises. Already their semantizations operate with concepts, categories, linguistic images and value patterns that have implications for the imaginary and real space of action for dealing with, shaping and norming this challenge. This project investigates what notions of agency and integrity are associated with particular semantizations in future scenarios. For this purpose, theological and religious studies approaches from historical, systematic, and action-oriented perspectives will be combined.

Your tasks:
- Supporting the project management in the administrative coordination of the project.
- Research of and familiarization with German and European funding programs
- Preparation and follow-up of internal meetings and workshops
- Collaboration in publication processes (proofreading, layout)


Your profile:
- a university degree in humanities or social sciences (Master) with outstanding achievements
- German language skills on native level and very good English skills in written and spoken form
- proficient handling of the common MS Office programs (especially Word, Excel) and Zoom
- interest in research and research funding topics
- Interest in inter-/transdisciplinary as well as intercultural cooperation
- Independence, reliability, organizational talent, communication and team skills
- Initial experience in organizing events and/or supporting publications (desirable)


We offer:
- a varied and challenging job with one of the largest employers in the region
- opportunities for further education and training
- flexible working hours and work arrangements in consultation with the project team
- insights into science management, inter- and national interdisciplinary research
- payment according to the guidelines of the University of Bonn

Advertisement WHF (12h/w) (Application deadline: 30.06.2021)

The TRA Individuals, Institutions and Societies is looking for a Research Assistant (WHF) (m/f/d) with a working time of up to 12 hours per week initially until 31.12.2021 with the prospect of extension initially until 31.12.2022.

Within the TRA Individuals, Institutions and Societies, researchers investigate the complex relationships between individuals, institutions and societies and develop new perspectives on micro-phenomena (e.g. personality development, competencies, individualization) and macro-phenomena (e.g. world society, globalization). For example, the goal is to identify key factors that influence social cohesion, equality of opportunity, efficiency, resource protection and the development of individual capabilities in the interplay of all these factors.


Your responsibilities:
- Supporting the TRA Manager.
- Research work, preparation of summaries, overviews, etc.
- Image editing, creation of flyers, invitations, etc.
- Support in the organization, preparation/follow-up of events (analog/digital)
- Setting up and sending out the TRA 4 newsletter, maintaining the membership mailing list
- Editing and maintenance of the TRA 4 homepage (temporarily together with another assistant)

Your profile:
- completed university studies (Bachelor) in social sciences, economics, social sciences, law, culture or humanities with very good grades
- matriculation at a university
- German language skills at native speaker level as well as very good written and spoken English skills
- proficient handling of the common MS-Office programs and ZOOM
- interest in inter-/transdisciplinary as well as intercultural cooperation and research
- independent and proactive approach, organizational skills
- strong written and oral communication skills
- experience with Plone 5 and eCampus (desirable)
- initial experience in organizing events and/or supervising projects

We offer:
- a varied and challenging job in a team-oriented work environment with one of the largest employers in the region
- flexible working hours and work arrangements
- insight into university science and project management as well as national and international inter-/transdisciplinary research
- remuneration according to the applicable guidelines for the employment of student and research assistants at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Due to personnel law requirements, only students who have not previously been employed at the University of Bonn may apply.

Events for early career researchers
Fall Institute: 'Limits of Intelligence: Meaning and Value'
New School for Social ...
Whole Day
Modern knowledge-societies value intelligence as a set of problem-solving capacities. In recent years, we could be said to have entered not only a so-called ...
Workshop: TRAnsDigital
Digital Hub (Am ...
09:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Digitalization of the Humanities and Social Sciences In numerous scientific fields of application, revolutionary new possibilities are developing as ...
Ringvorlesung ‚ThinkJourney‘: 'Family'
Center for Life Ethics, ...
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Prof. Dr. Martin Bujard Family Together with recognized experts from science and society, we go on a weekly ThinkJourney to explore desirable futures in ...
Ringvorlesung ‚ThinkJourney‘: 'Work'
Center for Life Ethics, ...
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Prof. Dr. Werner Eichhorst Work Together with recognized experts from science and society, we go on a weekly ThinkJourney to explore desirable futures in ...
Announcements for early career researchers
TRA² - Transdisciplinary Research Prize (Deadline: 07.04.2024)

The University of Bonn Transdisciplinary Research Areas (TRAs) aim to jointly support highly innovative, transdisciplinary collaborative research projects from researchers from at least two different TRAs. The funded projects should address new and relevant questions at the interface between disciplines or should aim at the development of new tools, which push the borders of existing research questions.

The innovative and cross-disciplinary nature of the proposal is the most important requirement for funding. A continuation of already established projects will not be funded.

Call for Application: Forum Humanum Fellowship: 'Limits of Intelligence: Meaning and Value' (Deadline: 29.02.2024)

In association with the Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum and the TRA 4 – Individuals, Institutions and Societies (University of Bonn), the International Centre for Philosophy (IZPH) is offering up to 10 Forum Humanum fellowships to qualified doctoral and masters students from any department in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Bonn to participate in an event to be held at the recently founded Institute for Philosophy and the New Humanities at the New School for Social Research (NYC).

Researchers within the TRA 4 – Individuals, Institutions and Societies investigate how institutions mediate complex relationships between individuals and society and from there develop a new view of micro-phenomena (development of personality, agency, individualization) as well as macro-phenomena (world society, globalization). Sharing this research objective, the Institute for Philosophy and the New Humanities is founded on the premise that genuine knowledge acquisition, truth and objectivity are not the exclusive preserve of any single discipline or method. The concepts we deploy to understand and evaluate human cultural and scientific achievements also have to be placed within their broader social, political and intellectual context and therefore have to be approached from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. The Institute thus aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines and draw on the resources of the social sciences, philosophy, and the humanities more generally, in order to pursue a collaborative understanding of the nature and goals of the humanistic and social scientific disciplines and to grapple with the challenges they face in light of the increasing prevalence of intellectual models imported from other disciplines.

Call: Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship (Deadline: 15.08. of each year)

Annemarie Schimmel’s life and work has built bridges between East and West, between Islam and Christianity and has inspired researchers of religion around the globe. On the occasion of her 100th birthday, the Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship was established to give international PhD students and young scholars the opportunity for a stay at the International Center for Comparative Theology and Social Issues (CTSI) at Bonn University to pursue research in the field of Comparative Theology.

The Fellowship will support the CTSI’s goal of providing a space for exchange and bridge-building between various religious traditions.

Call for Applications (Deadline: 14.04.2023): "Valuing Plurality, Decolonising Socio-ecological Futures"

The future is in question and there is an urgent need to act in the face of multiple crises. These socio-ecological emergencies, like the climate crisis or the corona pandemic, happen in a globalised, interconnected world. The questions now are: how do we respond? How do such decisions shape our futures? And in which way do we want these futures to be designed? How can we find shared answers despite a plurality of values around the world? We urgently need to discuss and reflect over the plurality of values and how to decolonise such futures.


Contact

Johanna Tix

Manager of the TRA

Dechenstraße 3-11

53115 Bonn

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