International Institute for Asian Studies
C07 "Sacred and Holy Scripture. On the Materiality and Function of Competing Systems of Writing During the Formation of the Religious Field in Bali"
Submitted by IIAS on 5 December 2011 - 9:53am

The ethnological sub-project focuses in the first research phase of the CRC (2011-2015) on the anthropological investigation of sacred, magical and esoteric scriptures in Bali inasmuch as they are embedded in ritual practices, and it analyzes the critical interpretation of these
texts in their socio-cultural context. It sets these scriptures in relation with the aesthetics and function of its diverse material text-bearing objects and reflects their integration in the different fields of social practice and hierarchy. At the epicenter of the research project lies
the analysis of Balinese Hinduism, as far as it is negotiated in the current competition of local non-typographic scriptures and typographic texts of global Hinduism.

The research assignments of the scientific assistants complement one another as follows:

1. Postdoctoral position (TV-L E 13, ends 30 June 2015): Documentation and philological and anthropological analysis of Bali’s esoteric and religious texts (Tattwa, Tutur) with regard to their text-bearing materials, aesthetics and ritual context. As far as possible, a reference
should be made to the Indian sources of this scriptural tradition. Desired: Basic knowledge in Kawi, Balinese and Tulisan Bali, basic knowledge of Indian philosophy.


2. Position for a doctoral candidate (65% TV-L E 13, ends 30 June 2015): Ethnological field research regarding the magical and ritual role of Balinese sacred scriptures, as well as their integration in the modern Balinese society. Desired: excellent degree in ethnology as well as
a regional focus on South East Asia and/or basic knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia.

How to apply: 

Please send applications in written form with reference to “CRC 933” to Prof. Dr. Annette Hornbacher, Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Ethnologie, Sandgasse 7, D-69117 Heidelberg.

We ask for your understanding that application documents cannot be returned. The University of Heidelberg actively seeks to raise the proportion of female employees in all previously under-represented areas. In keeping with this, applications are particularly requested from women with the appropriate qualifications. In the case of equal qualifications, severely disabled persons will receive priority.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

For more information please contact the sub-project’s director: Professor Dr. Annette Hornbacher. Annette.Hornbacher@eth.uni-heidelberg.de