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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
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).
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:
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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