Contradiction Studies

Contradiction comes in many different forms. None is so debilitating than when the coloniser transitions, textually not politically, to decoloniality without taking the responsibility for the afterlife of colonialism, which they continue to benefit from. Self-examination and self-interrogation of the relations of coloniality, a necessity, seem nearly impossible for the coloniser who continues to act as beneficiary, masked in the new-found language of White fragility, devoid of an ethical responsibility of the very system of  White domination they claim to be against. Rozena Maart,  Black Consciousness and the Politics of the Flesh (forthcoming).

Rozena Maart has been appointed as a Mercator Fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany within the Contradiction Studies — Constellations, Heuristics, and Concepts of the Contradictory programme. Mercato Fellows are considered very prestigious within Germany and across the globe. 

As a Mercator Fellow, Maart will deliver special lectures and will act as an external supervisor for PhD students as well as deliver lectures, workshops and public talks. Mercator Fellowships enable intensive exchange with researchers from Germany and bring additional expertise to a project, increasing its visibility. Maart’s extensive knowledge and experience of decolonial, post-colonial critiques and critical race theory will also be included in the project.

Fellows are integrated to a greater extent than visiting researchers. They are associated with the project over the long term and work on site, at various times, at the host institution. They remain in contact even after their stay and carry the designation “Mercator Fellows”.

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The Research Training Group [RTG] is composed of 12 University of Bremen Faculty and 3 Mercator Fellows.

The first funding period starts in June 2022 until November 2026

The second funding period runs from2027 until 2031

 The application deadline is February 15, 2022:

·                12 PhD positions TVL-13, 75%

·                1 Postdoc position TVL-13, 100%

·                1 Academic Coordinator TVL-13, 100%

Understanding the remuneration

All job ads are available on the RTG’s website here: