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Authoritarian Competition States
Global Perspectives from the South

A call for applications for short-term postdoctoral fellowships by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the International Center for Development and Decent Work, Kassel, Germany 

Application deadline was 24 April 2020. Closed

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Eligibility: Postdoctoral researchers from ODA-recipient countries based at research institutions in countries of the ‘Global South’. 

The Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme is an initiative of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) aimed at supporting critical research in and from countries of the Global South, and at strengthening dialogue between critical research on authoritarian capitalism from the Global North and South. To achieve this, together with the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), the RLS is inviting applications from postdoctoral researchers for a visiting fellowship of up to 6 months, with a starting date in October 2020

As a visiting scholar in Kassel, Germany, the fellow will be able to establish a dialogue with local researchers and explore possibilities of collaborative research and projects. She or he will be able to use all ICDD facilities, such as the library, as well as enjoy the academic environment of the University of Kassel. We also strongly encourage applicants to engage in teaching and outreach activities at the ICDD (details can be discussed at a later stage). The ICDD hosts two Master programs, the academically oriented MA Global Political Economy and Development and the MA Labour Policies and Globalisation. The latter is part of the Global Labour University network, which trains trade unionists and labor activists from around the world on labor-related policy issues. The core of the ICDD is its Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development.

The fellow will be part of the RLS’s International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies. As such, she/he will have the chance to collaborate with the RLS and participate in the activities of the group. The fellowship explicitly aims to contribute to a global dialogue between scholars who seek to better understand the rising and seemingly global spread of authoritarianism and advance a path towards a just, democratic society.

We are especially interested in approaches that propose a global perspective for and from the Global South on this issue. To what degree can (historical and contemporary) experiences of authoritarian practices in the Global South contribute to a global understanding of the phenomenon today? 


Authoritarian Urbanism 
Global Perspectives from the South

A call for applications for short-term postdoctoral fellowships by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute Freiburg, Germany

Application deadline was 21 February 2020. Closed

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Eligibility: Postdoctoral researchers from ODA-recipient countries based at research institutions in countries of the ‘Global South’.

The Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme is an initiative of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) aimed at supporting critical research in and from countries of the Global South, and at strengthening dialogue between critical research on authoritarian capitalism from the Global North and South. To achieve this, together with the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI), the RLS is inviting applications from postdoctoral researchers for two visiting fellowships of up to 6 months, with a starting date in September 2020.

As visiting scholars in Freiburg, Germany, fellows will be able to establish a dialogue with local researchers and explore possibilities of collaborative research and projects. Fellows will be able to use all ABI facilities, such as the library, as well as enjoy the academic environment of Freiburg University. We also strongly encourage applicants to engage in teaching and outreach activities at the ABI (details can be discussed at a later stage). The fellows will be part of the RLS’s International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies. As such, they will have the chance to collaborate with the RLS and participate in the activities of the group.

The fellowships explicitly aim to contribute to a global dialogue between scholars who seek to better understand the rising and seemingly global spread of authoritarianism and advance a path towards a just, democratic society. We value research output that combines rigorous academic work with scholar-activist methodologies (i.e. participant observation, collaborative research).


Authoritarian Capitalism, Reactionary Populism & Emancipatory Counter-Strategies: Global Perspectivesfrom the South.

A Call for Applications from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung for postdoctoral fellowships at research institutions in countries of the Global South, as part of an International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies 

Application deadline was 4 August 2019. Closed.

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Short Description

The Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme is an initiative of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) aimed at supporting critical research in countries of the Global South, and at strengthening dialogue on crucial international political and social issues, both internally, between countries in the South, and between the Global South and the North. To achieve this, the RLS will fund up to 10 postdoctoral fellowships for a period of up to 26 months (funding ends in December 2021) for research by scholar-activists on authoritarian capitalism, reactionary populism, and emancipatory counter-strategies. 

The postdoctoral researchers will be based mainly at institutions of their choice in Latin America, Asia, Africaand Eastern Europe and we ask interested scholars to choose a suitable institution and mentor for their project themselves. Nevertheless, participation in regular global and regional workshops as well as other digital and analogue forms of collaboration will be key to our goal of establishing an International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies. Participants are also strongly encouraged to spend up to six months of the funding period (firstor second semester 2021) as visiting scholars in Germany, during which they will work on collaborative projects with other participating researchers (the RLS will support researchers with their search for an appropriate host institution in Germany during the first year of the program).

With this call-out, the RLS is seeking research proposals on the global entanglements of authoritarian politics, reactionary movements and ideologies, and emancipatory counter-strategies. We are especially interested in studies that propose a global perspective for and from the Global South on this issue. That is, studies that critically relate regional problems to global economic and power relations and transnational actor networks, and propose creative, inter- and transdisciplinary research strategies. We favour scholar-activist methodologies—i.e. rigorous academic work that is embedded in actual left-wing political projects, movements or initiatives—and are looking for research output that reflect this scholar-activist character.

The programme’s explicit goal is to contribute to a global dialogue between radical progressive scholars and activists who seek to better understand the rising tide of global authoritarianism, develop emancipatory counter-strategies, and advance a different path towards a just, democratic society based on international solidarity in the tradition of the workers’ and women’s movements, and on the principles of anti-fascism and anti-racism.