CFA: Research Assistant (PostDoc) 2020-23, Technische Universität Berlin (deadline: 26 June 2020)

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(announcement seen on the Technische Universität Berlin website)

Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty I - Cen­ter for Research on Anti­semit­ism

“Jew­ish Pimps, Pros­ti­tutes, and Cam­paign­ers in a transna­tional Ger­man and Brit­ish Con­text, 1870-1940”

Rese­arch Assist­ant (Post­Doc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

Part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

Pro­ject descrip­tion: 

This research pro­ject will draw on the expert­ise of a pro­ject group spe­cial­iz­ing in the study of gender, anti­semit­ism and migra­tion to invest­ig­ate the phe­nomenon of Jew­ish involve­ment in the sex trade. While in the late nine­teenth cen­tury up until the Second World War, Jews were con­sist­ently demon­ized by anti­semites because of their role in the trade as pros­ti­tutes, pimps and brothel own­ers, they have fea­tured only mar­gin­ally in recent stud­ies of pros­ti­tu­tion that in recent years has exper­i­enced a renewed interest. Two postdoc­toral research­ers will explore Jews and the sex trade, 1875 -1940, in Brit­ish, Ger­man and transna­tional con­texts. Largely neg­lected by his­tor­i­ans of Jew­ish his­tory, and the his­tory of Anti­semit­ism this research pro­ject will look bey­ond insti­tu­tional frame­works that gov­erned the every­day lives of Jew­ish pros­ti­tutes in the age of the great Jew­ish migra­tion to expose a new under­stand­ing of inter­na­tional mobil­ity in the era of mod­ern glob­al­iz­a­tion. Our research pro­ject will show that Jew­ish pros­ti­tutes were never merely pass­ive objects. This study of Jew­ish pros­ti­tutes will place the women cen­ter stage and will unravel their agency behind moral polit­ics, crim­in­al­iz­a­tion, and male fantas­ies. Such an approach will allow us to recast the focus away from politi­cians, state reformers and national anti-traf­fick­ing cam­paign­ers, to con­sider the Jew­ish women's exper­i­ences as his­tor­ical act­ors as they nav­ig­ated unfa­mil­iar rela­tion­ships with men (pimps, phys­i­cians, judges and the police) who exer­cised con­trol over their bod­ies. Both the UK and Ger­many housed ports and other spa­tial sites that are key to ana­lys­ing Jews' inter­ac­tion with the sex trade. An under­stand­ing of how Jew­ish women nav­ig­ated the gendered spaces and the meta­phor­ical cod­ings of Bre­men, Ham­burg, Ports­mouth and Southamp­ton will reveal their power of nego­ti­ation and high­light their agency.

Lan­guage of pub­lic­a­tion can be Ger­man and/or Eng­lish. The pro­ject lan­guage within the research pro­ject is Eng­lish (com­mu­nic­a­tion with UK pro­ject part­ners at Queen Mary Uni­versity and external cooper­a­tion part­ners).

Work­ing field:

The pos­i­tion holder will work on a par­tic­u­lar aspect of their choice within the scope of the bi-national pro­ject “Jew­ish Pimps, Pros­ti­tutes, and Cam­paign­ers in a transna­tional Ger­man and Brit­ish Con­text, 1870-1940”.

  • Pub­lic­a­tion of research find­ings as a mono­graph and in journ­als (the pos­i­tion is suit­able for any­one wish­ing to fur­ther their aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tions)
  • Present­a­tion of research find­ings at (inter)national con­fer­ences and sym­po­sia
  • Act­ive involve­ment in organ­iz­ing and lead­ing aca­demic and pub­lic pro­grams (col­loquia, work­shops, con­fer­ences, events with external cooper­a­tion part­ners, etc.)
  • Close col­lab­or­a­tion with the pro­ject leader and UK pro­ject part­ners at Queen Mary Uni­versity


  • Suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) and PhD in his­tory (focus­ing on 19th/20th cen­tury)
  • Know­ledge of lan­guages rel­ev­ant to the pro­ject, such as an East European lan­guage (Pol­ish, Rus­sian, Yid­dish) or Hebrew
  • A deeper under­stand­ing of Jew­ish his­tory, the his­tory of Anti­semit­ism and gender his­tory demon­strated by rel­ev­ant pub­lic­a­tions is desir­able
  • Com­pet­ence in the use of MS applic­a­tions and lit­er­at­ure data­bases
  • Excel­lent know­ledge of the Ger­man and inter­na­tional archive land­scape and struc­tures as well as out­stand­ing research skills within the areas of Jew­ish his­tory, the his­tory of Anti­semit­ism and gender his­tory
  • Excel­lent Ger­man and Eng­lish skills
  • The pos­i­tion requires excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion and team skills as well as out­stand­ing sub­ject expert­ise

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, applic­a­tion let­ter, a pro­ject out­line (max. 1500 words) and two let­ters of recom­mend­a­tion) in Ger­man or Eng­lish only by e-mail to

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To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. The TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät I, Zen­trum für Anti­semit­is­mus­forschung, Prof. Dr. Schüler-Sprin­gorum und Dr. Fisc­her-Wolff, Sekr. TEL 9-1, Ernst-Reu­ter-Platz 7, 10587 Ber­lin