2 Fellowships at mecs / Institute for Advanced Study on ‘Media Cultures of Computer Simulation’, Leuphana University Lüneburg

mecs / Institute for Advanced Study on ‘Media Cultures of Computer Simulation’ is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is located at the Leuphana University Lüneburg.

The main objective of mecs is the investigation of computer simulation in its historical and epistemological perspectives. Research at mecs is aimed at answering fundamental questions regarding the role of computer simulations in today’s science and culture. For example: Are there specific kinds of problems that are especially suited for computer simulation? Are there typical knowledge constellations that promote and enhance the use of simulations? Do computer simulations generate new forms of knowledge and, if so, to what extent do simulations mark a historical break? Of special importance are studies focused on: 1. the computer’s specific technological materiality; 2. the research logic and laboratory practices generated by the object under investigation; 3. the actors of knowledge production.

 April 1 to September 30
Application Deadline: 2014 October 30, 2013

Research at mecs is mostly conducted from the perspective of media studies and the history of knowledge. Preference is given to case study based research.

mecs is a place for trans-disciplinary research. It provides an opportunity of bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines – media scholars, historians and philosophers of science, computer scientists, engineers and more. It is also a place where young and more experienced scholars have a chance to work together and to engage in a systematic and intensive discussion of computer simulation.

For a period of six months, starting April 1 and ending September 30, 2014, the institute has an opening for two fellowships:
•    One post-doctoral Research Fellowship
•    One Junior (PhD) Fellowship

Candidates for a Research Fellowship should hold an outstanding doctoral degree and have an excellent research record; candidates for a Junior Fellowship should be at an advanced stage of their dissertation.

Successful candidates will be awarded a monthly stipend in accordance with the regulations of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

mecs is based at Leuphana University in Lüneburg. Residence in Lüneburg is expected for the duration of the fellowship. Accommodation will be provided.

Applications (in German or English) should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a project description (no more than 1,000 words) and two scholarly writing samples (e.g., journal articles or conference papers, dissertation chapters).

Please send your application electronically no later than October 30, 2013 to:


or as regular mail to:

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Ms. Jantje Sieling
Scharnhorststr. 1
21335 Lüneburg

For any further inquiries please contact Ms. Jantje Sieling (sieling@leuphana.de).

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