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The Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies (CIIS), University of Tübingen, invites doctoral students of all CIVIS member universities to become Junior Fellows in Intercultural Studies for the academic year of 2020/21 and pursue a programme collaboratively organised by the Universities of Athens, Bucharest and Tübingen.

Application is open to doctoral students in philosophy, literature, cultural studies, sociology, political sciences and neighbouring subjects. 

Application deadline: 15 October 2020.

The program starts on October 2020 and runs through July 2021.

Topic: Belonging – the meaning of a fundamental structure of the human being in the 21st century.

The Fellowship consists of two modules: 

  • An online course with weekly virtual sessions during the semester terms of the academic year 2020/21 on “Belonging. Recent Perspectives in Phenomenology”. The course provides general insight into recent developments and perspectives in phenomenology yet focusing on the topic of “belonging”.
        Dates: Oct 2020 - Jan2021 and Mar 2021 - Jun 2021
        Day and time: Thursdays 4-6pm (CEST/CET)
  • A one-week-workshop. The workshop is meant for collaboration and academic networking. It gives the Junior Fellows the opportunity to present and discuss their own research with CIIS Senior Fellows as well as with Junior Fellow-Colleagues from European universities participating in the CIVIS Programme.
        Date: 26-30 July 2021

Applications are welcome from philosophy, literature, cultural studies, sociology, political sciences and neighboring subjects. Applicants should be doctoral students at one of the CIVIS member Universities  (exceptionally, master students may be accepted).

Applicants must be willing to pursue the entire course program and attend the July-workshop with a presentation of their own research project. 

Applicants should send their CV, short outline of their research project (1.000 words) and a cover letter indicating their motivation to become Junior Fellow of the CIIS to 


The application deadline is 15 October 2020.


The weekly online-course will be offered via Zoom and consists of 24 units, 12 sessions each semester, namely: October 2020 – January 2021 and March 2021 – June 2021. It is scheduled Thursday, 4-6 pm.

The workshop takes place 26th-30th July 2021 at the CIIS, University of Tübingen. Arrival and welcoming session on July 26th. During morning sessions 27th-29th CIIS Senior Fellows will present their work while the Junior Fellows will present their research projects during afternoon sessions. Closing session and final discussion on July 30th.

Bogdan Minca

Bogdan Minca is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest. He got his PhD in 2006 in Philosophy and Classics at the Freiburg University, Germany, with a thesis on Heidegger’s interpretations of Aristotle, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fr.-W. von Herrmann. He currently teaches Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Greek Philosophy at the Philosophy Department, University of Bucharest.

Panagiotis Thanassas

Panagiotis Thanassas is Associate Professor in “History of Philosophy” at the University of Athens (Department of History and Philosophy of Science). He Studied Law in Athens and Philosophy in Tübingen (PhD 1996). He has hold different positions in Philosophy at the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg, Munich and Cyprus, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and at the Open Universities of Greece and Cyprus. His research and publications focus is on Greek Philosophy (Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle), German Idealism (Hegel), Heidegger, and Philosophical Hermeneutics.

Niels Weidtmann

Niels Weidtmann is director of the CIIS at Tübingen University. After studying biology and philosophy at the University of Würzburg and at Duke University in Durham, N.C., USA, he received his doctorate with a thesis on intercultural philosophy. His research interests include Intercultural Philosophy, African Philosophy, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Structural Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Science. Weidtmann currently is President of the Society for Intercultural Philosophy (GIP).

Eveline Cioflec

Eveline Cioflec is Senior Fellow at the CIIS, Tübingen University. She received her PhD at the University of Freiburg, Tübingen. She has held research positions at the New Europe College Bucharest, Bard College NY, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and taught at the Universities of Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu (both in Romania), Fort Hare in South Africa, Freiburg and Tübingen. In her research she focusses on Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Intercultural Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy and Ethics.

Abbed Kanoor

Abbed Kanoor is Senior Fellow at the CIIS, Tübingen University. He received his doctorate from the Universities of Paris IV La Sorbonne and Bergische Universität Wuppertal. His main research interests are German and French Phenomenology, Intercultural Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture.

Hora Zabarjadi-Sar

Hora Zabarjadi-Sar is Senior Fellow at the CIIS, Tübingen University. She received her doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2020. Her research focusses on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics while being interested particularly in the fields of Social and Political Philosophy, Education and questions of Multi- and Interculturality.