Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, UK

Introduction ​The Research Fellowship Programme at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations based in London (AKU-ISMC) commences in September and offers an opportunity to pursue research within a stimulating and supportive environment. Fellows play an active role in the intellectual life of the Institute, participating in a wide range of seminars, workshops, and conferences. The duration of each fellowship is one calendar year. During this period, candidates explore and shed new light on one of the Institute’s major research themes. Responsibilities For 2012/13 the thematic focus will be the Processes of Social Change in Muslim Cultures and Societies. Within this broad theme, Research Fellows are sought who will undertake research related to the following topic: Minorities in Majority Muslim Societies: Contributions, Challenges and Outlooks Parts of the world designated as Muslim countries are home to some of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet in popular, political and academic discourses they are often treated as homogenous spaces. We hear much about Muslims as minorities in the West. We hear less about the historical and contemporary conditions of minorities in Muslim societies. The fellowship will explore the pivotal role of minorities in the cultural, economic and political life of regions now called Muslim countries. We are interested in examining both the historical backdrop as well as more recent developments in the social, economic and political conditions of minorities in Muslim majority countries. Proposals with a comparative perspective – across countries or religious groups – as well as those studying diachronic trends will be particularly welcome. The scope of the research covers both intra-Muslim and non-Muslim minorities. Potential areas of research include: Definitions of minorities, which might include legal status, social recognition, and theological classifications; Nature and forms of interaction between various religious or ethnic groups; Historical and contemporary contributions of minorities; Representations in culture, particular in various art forms; Scope and variety of political and civic participation; Modes and manners of political and social integration; Contributions to theoretical reflection on minority studies, identity, and social change. Expected Outcomes The Fellows are expected to produce research papers on their topic, to a standard that is publishable by a quality academic journal. They are also expected to organise a research workshop which will be an opportunity to bring together the works of other researchers on this topic. With mutual agreement, the Fellows may be invited to contribute to an edited volume based on the workshop. During their stay, the Fellows may be asked to participate in the educational programmes of the Institute by delivering lectures and seminars. Requirements Candidates should have: A PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences Demonstrated research background in the above topic Excellent communication skills demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English, written and verbal, including language(s) relevant to their proposed research Funding The incumbents will receive a gross annual salary in the range of £27,000 to £31,000 and an annual research budget of £500. A return flight will be paid for international Fellows. Please note that accommodation in London will need to be independently organised by the Fellow. Other benefits include: office space, access to computer facilities, and access to AKU-ISMC’s library and the libraries of neighbouring academic institutions. During the course of this academic year, the Institute will facilitate scholarly dialogue among the Research Fellows and AKU-ISMC Faculty. To Apply Interested candidates should send their completed application form with a CV to Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews during July/Aug 2012. Successful candidates will be expected to take up their posts in September 2012 or soon after. More information about AKU-ISMC’s research themes can be found on our website. Where applicable, and if successful, you will be required to provide documentary evidence of your English language ability to meet the UK Border Agency requirements for Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. The document(s) should attest that you: •are a national of a majority English-speaking country; or •have passed an English language test on UK Border Agency list of approved English language tests; or •hold a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree and the degree was taught to a competent standard of English equivalent to level C1 on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR). Please refer to the UK Border Agency website for further details. Note: Due to large number of applications, we will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has not been successful. By submitting an application to AKU-ISMC you provide your consent to the Institute under the Data Protection Act 1998 to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues at our headquarters, AKU Karachi, and with its nominated agents for the purpose of completing this recruitment exercise. If you would like to have your application materials returned, please enclose an appropriately stamped, self-addressed envelope. Applications should be submitted latest by July 10, 2012.
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