10 PhD positions available in the field of Media Anthropology

The DFG Research Training Group »Media Anthropology« (GRAMA) at the Bauhaus-University Weimar has vacancies starting April 1, 2023:

  • 10 PhD (TV L 13, 75 %, approx. salary 3.000 €)
  • Term: April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2026 (36 months)
  • Application deadline: September 30, 2022
  • Interviews: December 15 – 16, 2022

Since April 2020 the DFG Research Training Group Media Anthropology (GRAMA) offers a PhD program aimed at doctoral students in the humanities, sociology, and media and cultural studies, with a focus on a media-anthropological perspective. Media-anthropology, as understood at the GRAMA, is interested in the complex relations and transformations that humans and media are always already entangled in. Especially in light of the digital transformation of all areas of life, there are many urgent questions that arise from the fact that ‘our’ existence is bound up with and increasingly depends on technical media. How can we acknowledge on a conceptual level that human modes of existence are fundamentally entangled with processes of mediatization and re-mediatization? How can categories such as ‘nature’, ‘technology’, or ‘human’ and ‘more-than-human’ be distinguished in the face of a seamless interpene-tration of our everyday lives by all kinds of media technology?

With the concept of ‘anthropomediality’, the GRAMA focuses its research on the inescapable relationality of humans and media. It includes approaches from the fields of media-theory, sociology, aesthetics and epistemology, as well as political, historical and cultural questions.


The duties of the PhD students include working on a research project (dissertation) and participating in and actively contributing to the research and study program of the GRAMA. A residency in Weimar is strongly desired. Regular presentations and discussions of the research projects are expected. While at the GRAMA, the PhD students are expected to organize and conduct a joint workshop.


  • Excellent degree in the humanities, sociology or cultural studies (diploma, master's degree or equivalent).

  • PhD project with a media-anthropological dimension.

  • Basic knowledge in media theory and media history.

  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills as well as a commitment to the subject matter and to the research program are desired.

  • The primary working language at the GRAMA is German. The research projects can however be conducted and written in English. Strong command of German and English is required.

Application documents:

Applications must include a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, a letter of motivation (1 page) and an abstract of the research project (3 - 5 pages + references). The abstract should clearly describe the topic, research questions and methodology of the project and explain its connection to the overall research of the GRAMA. It should also sum up the current status of the project and include a timeline.

The Bauhaus-University Weimar is committed to a personell policy that is family-friendly and promotes equal opportunities. Periods of parental leave or child care will be taken into account in assessing the academic qualifications of applicants.

Individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Please send your applications documents in full, preferably in electronic form (a PDF document including all attachments) with the reference number M/GRAMA-13/22 by September 30, 2022 to:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Fakultät Medien

Graduiertenkolleg Medienanthropologie

Frau Christiane Lewe

Belvederer Allee 9

99423 Weimar

E-Mail: grama[at]medien.uni-weimar.de