Applications are invited for fellowships to begin in 2024 at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study inHerit. Heritage in Transformation, based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Eligible Research

Applications should address questions of heritage in transformation in relation to one or more of our guiding themes: Decentring the West, Decentring the Human, and Transforming Value. Successful projects are likely to be based in original empirical or archival study/analysis of source material (which may have already been undertaken) or creative work, and to probe historically and socio-culturally situated notions and practices of inheritance, heritage, value and temporality – and associated key concepts – through alternatives, such as those based in non-Western, indigenous, historically marginalized or imaginative perspectives. Projects examining or creatively addressing transformations at the intersection between increasingly globally widespread practices, such as restitution, digitalization, genetic ancestry testing and legal changes, and those that address transregional experiences and practices are especially welcome.


Fellowships can be awarded for a period of at least 6 to a maximum of 12 months. During the fellowship, fellows are expected to be based in Berlin and devote their time to their work in the Centre (except for a small number of possible short visits elsewhere, such as to give talks or participate in workshops).


Applicants should have completed a PhD to an excellent standard and significant publications, or, in the case of artists and practitioners, should have a substantial portfolio of accomplished work. Applications from both experienced and early career post-doc researchers are welcome. Researchers and topics from areas currently underrepresented in heritage scholarship, including the global South and Eastern Europe, are especially encouraged to apply. We also welcome applications from artists, film-makers and curators.

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