The Institute for the History and Future of Work (Institut für die Geschichte
und Zukunft der Arbeit – IGZA) is a foundation recently established by
Dr. Horst Neumann in Wolfsburg and Berlin. It supports the study of historical
developments, present problems and future perspectives of work and labour.
Presently, one of its research fields is dealing with the history, present varieties
and future possibilities of working time (Arbeitszeit) in a cross-epochal
In cooperation with the international research center "Work and Human Lifecycle
in Global History" (re:work) at Humboldt University of Berlin (funded by
the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) the IGZA invites scholars
from different disciplines to apply for research fellowships in order to study
aspects of the history of the working time, in Berlin during the academic year
2017-2018. Three fellowships, clustered in a thematic group, will be awarded.
Applications are due on 22 January 2017.
We welcome candidates from various disciplines including history, anthropology,
law, sociology, political sciences, geography, economics, and area
studies. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level or senior scholars.
Applications should focus on questions related to work and working time.
Possible topic areas are, among others, the separability and entanglements
of working time and other dimensions of life time in past and present, the
length, extension and reduction of working time, tensions, conflicts and negotiations
related to working time, work processes and the measurement of
time in agriculture, industries and service occupations, employment, unemployment
and rhythms of life, the relationship between work and non-work/
leisure, religious prescriptions and interpretations of work and working time,
gender-specific problems of defining and limiting working time, working time
and life course, labour rights and labour movements, the reduction of working
time from 3000 yearly hours to 1500 in the last 150 years, the transition from
crafts and manufacture period to industrial capitalism. We also encourage
applications focusing on work and time structures in Pre- and Early History.
We welcome proposals with respect to different historical periods and different
regions of the world and especially those that look at comparisons, conflicts,
relations between different regions. A global history perspective is not required;
keeping an open mind to such approaches, however, is highly desirable.
The fellowships will begin on 1 October 2017 and end on 31 July 2018.
Shorter fellowship terms will be possible. Fellows will receive a monthly
stipend to be determined. This is a residential fellowship. Fellows are obliged
to work at re:work in Berlin. A fully equipped office at re:work will be provided
as well as organizational help for visa, housing, etc. During the fellowship, we
also encourage fellows to introduce their work to wider audiences within
Berlin‘s scientific community. The fellows will be fully integrated in re:work‘s
fellow cohort of the year 2017/18, including colloquiums, workshops, and all
other joint activities. Fellows at re:work work on topics related to work and life
course in a global perspective. Further information about the center, you will
find on re:work‘s website: http://rework.hu-berlin.de
Please use the electronic form on the rework website (or access the link
You will be asked to provide information regarding your biography, the
research project you intend to work on during your fellowship as well as
details on your current research. Applicants should provide the names of two
referees in addition to that.
Please note that we can only accept electronically submitted applications
Application deadline: 22 January 2017
For further information, please contact:
Institut für die Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit
Alte Jakobstraße 149
Dr. Philipp Staab: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about re:work, please contact:
Dr. Felicitas Hentschke
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IGK Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Georgenstraße 23, 10117 Berlin
T (030) 2093 702 06