Postdoctoral researcher position at the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO) — LIMITE: 07/08/2023

Postdoctoral researcher position at the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO) 
80-100%, Starting date: January 2024

The Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO) in Bern combines the tradition of text-oriented Islamic studies with approaches from area and postcolonial studies. The Institute specialises in methods from history, cultural studies and political science, and its research focuses on the study of gender and sexuality, legal history, labour history, media and political movements, transnationalism and migration. We research not only the normative aspects of the Islamic tradition, but devote attention to the history, culture and everyday life of Islamicate societies. For more information, see

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher to join Prof. Dr Serena Tolino’s research team at the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies. The candidate will join the research team working in the SNSF-funded project “TraIL: Tracing Labour in Islamicate Legal Traditions”. The project team will include the PI, Prof. Dr Serena Tolino, the postdoctoral researcher here advertised, three PhD students, a student assistant and a database developer. The project will start in January 2024 and will last 60 months.
TraIL will provide cutting-edge research on the legal history of labour in Islamicate societies from a longue durée perspective (10th–20th centuries) with a special focus on the relationship between labour and gender in Islamic legal traditions. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to a work package entitled “Women’s Work in Islamic Legal Sources”. The focus of this work package is on women’s labour in Islamic legal sources from the 10th to the 20th century. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on legal practices in particular. The main output of this work package will be a joint monograph by the PI and the postdoctoral researcher on how Muslim jurists discussed women’s labour and how women navigated a legal system that circumscribed (in various ways) their means of earning a living. Besides pursuing their own research, the postdoctoral researcher will also participate in weekly project meetings, contribute to the organisation of project activities, conferences and publications, and will be involved in the administration of the project.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the aims of the Institute, capable of producing research of international standards. They should be reliable and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Ability to set priorities, collegiality, and an active willingness to contribute to fostering a working climate of mutual support and trust are expected.
Candidates must hold a PhD in Islamic, Middle Eastern and/or Arabic Studies, or in the Humanities more generally, with a strong emphasis on the study of the Middle East (no more than six years prior to employment, see here:
PostDoc regulations
. Candidates who have submitted but have not defended their theses are encouraged to apply. Readiness to undertake fieldwork in the region is expected and is part of the duty of the hired person. Proficiency in spoken and written English and Arabic are required. A good understanding of current debates in gender and/or labour history is expected, and the candidate will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary way. Willingness to work with and think critically about digital tools and methods is required.
A strong publication record is an asset, and this will be assessed based on career stage. Previous experience in the organisation of academic events and editorial experience are also an asset.
We offer
The postdoctoral researcher will be hosted at the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO) at the University of Bern. The position is funded for three years with the possibility of extension for a further two years in the event of positive evaluation.
We offer the experience of working as part of an international and dynamic team of researchers; excellent facilities and employment conditions that adhere to cantonal standards; a supportive, collegial working environment and flexible working arrangements.
The University of Bern is committed to the principles of equality and the promotion of diversity. The ISNO follows this commitment with conviction. Applications from people with migration biographies, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disabilities, People of Colour, and people who, in the Swiss context, are from minority backgrounds, are strongly encouraged.
Application and Contact Details
Applications should include: i) a cover letter; ii) copy of relevant degree certificates; iii) a detailed CV, including publications and any previous teaching experience; iv) contact details of at least one referee. The documents should be combined into a single pdf file.
The deadline for applications is 7 August 2023 (midnight CEST). Interviews will take place in September.
Please submit your application to 
Debora Ulrich, with the subject line: PostDoc TraIL.

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