With a case study compatible with the following focus:
Goa (and Old Conquests) or Portuguese South Asia, 1510-1630
IberLAND explores the history of land tenure in a long-term and global perspective by focusing on the territories of the former Portuguese and Spanish empires in what has recently been labelled the Iberian world. The Iberian crowns of Portugal and Castile, beginning in the 15th century, connected diverse people and communities across Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. In doing so, they for the first time transformed the questions of how to own and how to use land into an issue of global dimensions. While this age of discovery and colonialism has often been regarded as the first phase of the transplantation of European concepts of property from Europe to the non-European world, IberLAND seeks to disrupt this narrative by looking at the history of land tenure not as a process of diffusion from Europe to the world, but as a process of decentred legal innovation. To do this, the project will move beyond the idea of property and focus on land relations to understand the sets of social relations established between people and land. This conceptual approach provides a way of observing how law was produced at the local level through the combination of practice and doctrine. To connect legal doctrines to local practices, the project’s analysis will focus on different sets of institutions that structured land relations in different places in the Iberian world. This conceptual and analytical framework will be applied to six case studies focusing on New Spain, Goa, Cape Verde, Spain, Brazil, and the Philippines, enabling us to overcome the diffusionist mindset that has pervaded the study of law and empire.
Your key responsibility is to develop research within the framework of the research group with focus on the regions and temporal foci above. Researchers are also expected to discuss, publish, and disseminate their research findings in close cooperation with the other members of the research group. PhD researchers are expected to develop and complete a doctoral dissertation.
You hold a university degree in history, law, anthropology, or other related field that has been completed with above-average success. Applicants should hold a master’s degree at the time the PhD contract is signed. Candidates may already be enrolled in a PhD program in any university worldwide. Applicants who already have a PhD may apply for the postdoc position.
You are fully proficient in Portuguese and/or Spanish, and good knowledge of English is expected. Knowledge of additional languages relevant to the regional focus is not required but will be considered an asset.
Your curriculum vitae shows the potential to conduct historical research at an internationally high level. You work meticulously and are able to handle deadlines. You work independently and have a strong interest in interdisciplinary, archival, and comparative work. You have the ability to play an active collaborative role in the research group.
We offer an attractive and international work environment with unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. The candidate will have the opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary international research group, benefit from continuous scientific exchange, a comprehensive library, and the possibility of research stays in Germany and abroad.
The research position is full-time (39 hours per week) and is paid according to the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD Bund), level E 13. PhD researchers are paid the equivalent of 65%.
The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years. In exceptional cases, a PhD position can be extended for up to one additional year.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore women are explicitly encouraged to apply.
We encourage applications from all backgrounds.
The application can be in English, Portuguese, Spanish, or German and should contain the following documents:
- Cover letter naming your research project and explaining to what extent your profile meets the selection criteria
- Detailed CV containing a list of any publications you might have
- Preliminary research project (up to five pages, not including bibliography) on a local or regional case study fitting within one of the three regions indicated above, specifically indicating archives and sources; you are encouraged to contact Dr. Bastias Saavedra for further information
- Copies of your university certificates
Your application must be submitted online by the closing date of February 20th, 2022. Outstanding candidates will be invited to an interview.
Dr. Manuel Bastias Saavedra https://www.lhlt.mpg.de/bastias-saavedra/en.html
Beyond Property: Law and Land in the Iberian World, 1510–1850