Junior Professorship (W1) for Contemporary Indian Studies

I received the following ad through Indology

Via this link you can access information on a new professorship in Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany.

The advertisement is in German only but any translation programme should do to understand the basics if you don’t know German. It’s for a German ‘W1-Professorship’ which is a junior position only requiring an excellent PhD but not a Habilitation which is normally needed. Applicants should be specialised in an aspect of the culture, history, political or social science of India and have a modern South Asian language (preferably Hindi/Urdu). Further information can be obtained from Prof. Konrad Klaus, the Professor of Sanskrit at Bonn University (konrad.klaus@uni-bonn.de). The application deadline is 15th January 2016.

Shilpa Sumant on critical editions and role models

Shilpa Sumant has been so nice to come to Vienna for two lectures and for some additional hours of chatting. For the ones among you who have not yet encountered her work, Shilpa has published important studies and critical editions in the field of the Paippalāda school of the Atharvaveda, but her command of Sanskrit and her activity at the Pune “Encyclopedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles” makes her approach broad and particularly rich in cross-references and unheard-of materials.

Position in “Religion, Nature, and Culture in South Asia” at the University of Virginia

The position may be filled at the assistant (tenure-track) or associate (tenured) rank.

Note also that the Search Committee particularly welcomes applicants with expertise in Hinduism, though the search leaves open the successful candidate’s area of research focus as regards religious tradition, language expertise, and historical period of study.

Junior Professorship in Tibetology at the University of Leipzig

(In the following I am summarising the German Call for applications, which will be reproduced below. Succesful applicants are expected to learn German in their first 2 years.)

An excellent scholar will be selected for a position to be filled departing from the 1.10.2016, for three years (further three years are possible). It is possible that the person will be selected for a TT (W2 Professur).

AOS: Tibetan Buddhism (Philosophy, Religion, Literature, History of Art). The knowledge of the language used in the primary sources is a requirement. A connection with Mongolistic and the capability to take into account the social aspect of the topics involved and to work indisciplarly are a desideratum.

Deadline for applications: 16 October 2015.
Applications should be sent to:
Universität Leipzig, Dekan der Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Orientwissenschaften, Herrn Prof. Dr. Manfred Rudersdorf, Schillerstr. 6, 04109 Leipzig Email: dekgko@uni-leipzig.de

To be sent are: a list of academic publications and of classes taught (together with the evaluation received), certified copy of the highest academic degree and of the qualification.

Best luck to all!

Post Docs at the University of California

The UC Davis Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT.

Position at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of its initiative to re-envision the study of the languages, cultures, and societies of Asia, is seeking to hire a TransAsia / transdisciplinary scholar with expertise in at least one South or Southeast Asian language,
beginning August, 2016. Rank and area of specialization are open. The tenure home will reside in the newly- forming Department of Asian Studies.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the ability to cross disciplinary and cultural borders in their research and teaching, and who have the vision and skills to build new academic programs. A tenured appointment requires a proven record of excellence in research and teaching at all levels. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work addresses pressing issues of the day, in
areas including but not limited to: digital humanities; literary, media, or cultural studies; qualitative and fieldwork-based social sciences on themes such as poverty, health, migration, human rights, and the environment; or religious studies.

Salary is competitive. Qualified applicants should send a complete dossier (including letter of application, CV, sample publication or thesis chapter) and three letters of reference to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of East Asian Languages and Literature
1208 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2015

Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentially. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. UW-Madison is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.


Librarian at the Bodleian Library

(I know, it is not Wednesday, but due to the close dead line I thought of posting this ad immediately.)

John Clay Sanskrit Librarian

Bodleian Libraries, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford

Grade 7: £30,434 – £37,394 p.a.

We are offering the rare opportunity for someone passionate about Sanskrit literature to work with the Bodleian Libraries’ world-renowned manuscript and printed book collections based in the Weston Library as a Librarian.

You will be enthusiastic about working with scholars to help communicate your knowledge of Sanskrit’s rich literary heritage to a broad audience in accessible and engaging ways. You will also be committed to building the Bodleian’s historic collections for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Working under the Head of Oriental Collections you will curate collections, stimulate research in and promote appreciation of Sanskrit literature.

You will have a degree in Sanskrit studies or similar and a professional qualification in librarianship or information science and/or academic library experience in the Sanskrit subject field. You will also have experience of working with Sanskrit manuscripts at a professional level, and of the promotion of library collections through organising outreach sessions, exhibitions or seminars.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post for 1 year.

Due to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the further particulars, and explain how you meet each one. CVs will not form part of the selection process.

For further details about the role, including the job description, and to apply please click here or copy and paste the below link into your web browser:


Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Friday 18 September 2015 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

An Open Access journal on Transcultural Studies

Birgit Kellner recently mentioned on the Indology mailing list the last issue of Transcultural Studies and this prompted me to visit their website. The journal appears to have hosted articles on various topics, ranging from literature to the visual arts, from politics to the history of sciences, across times and countries but with a strong focus on South, South East and East Asia.