Department II - Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia

The aim of ANARCHIE is to renew transdisciplinary agendas in fields where socio-cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians have much to gain from cross-fertilisation. The designated priority themes include collective identifications, religion and ritual, and economic and demographic causation. Students will obtain their doctorate in one of the three disciplines, but will participate in a common programme organised jointly by the staff of Department II of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Institutes for History and for Art History and European Archaeology of the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg.

The PhD Grants are generally awarded for 2 years, with the possibility of two six-month extensions.

Successful candidates are to take residence in Halle.

The Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in under-represented fields; we thus explicitly encourage applications by women. Individuals with disabilities will be given priority, provided they have equal qualifications.

There is no application form. Applicants should send the following documentation:

- cover letter
- CV, including list of publications
- short (no more than two pages) summary of the research proposed, which should demonstrate clear links both to the applicant’s previous work and qualifications and to the IMPRS ANARCHIE
- photocopies of university degrees
- names of two referees, whom we may contact

Final selection will be made following interviews at a date yet to be arranged. Please send applications to the following address by 7 May 2012:

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
P. O. Box 11 03 51
D – 06017 Halle/Saale
or email to:

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Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to Prof. Chris Hann (