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Call for Applications: Investigation of the Impact of International Criminal Tribunals on Media, Political Discourse


To help with a worthy project, I’m aiding in the disseminating of this call for applications. Please direct all inquiries and communication to the relevant persons listed below. This call for applications is posted on behalf of Professor Klaus Bachmann, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland.

Call for Application:

The University of Social Sciences and Humanities is calling for applications to contribute to a project that aims to investigate the impact of international criminal tribunals on media, political discourse and institutional reform in the countries, which are affected by these tribunals’ decisions. The project is funded by a grant from the Polish National Center of Science.  The project leader (Prof. Klaus Bachmann from SWPS) and the two main coordinators Irena Ristić (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade) and Prof. Gerhard Kemp (Law Faculty of Stellenbosch University) seek researchers who are either very familiar with or residents of the following countries:






 Republic of Serbia


 Bosnia-Hercegovina (Muslim-Croatian Federation)

 Bosnia Hercegovina (Republika Srpska)


 Familiarity with the country is to be understood as the ability to conduct field research, interviews, collect research material and analyze written publically accessible sources in the main languages of the country’s media system. It is helpful, but no precondition, to have knowledge and skills in the qualitative analysis of media frames, and information about the relations between the relevant country with the relevant international criminal tribunal in question.

 Successful applicants will be required to take part in a preparatory workshop, which will introduce them into the theory and practice of qualitative frame analysis, the necessary basics of International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice and the research design of the project. The most importat aim of the workshop is to make sure, that all participants of the project apply the same criteria and methods to their research material, so that results are comparable across cases and countries.

More information about the project is available on request from k.bachmann@feps.pl.

Successful applicants will be given a project contract with a maximum duration of three years amounting to an overall performance-based payment of 27 000 zloty (ca. 8 500 USD), which will be paid in several tranches after the completion of the different project phases by the applicants. They are also entitled to refunds for any travel, accomodation and other justified and documented expenses linked to the completion of their project tasks. They will take part in several workshops and conferences with other researchers participating in the project. During the final part of the project, they will contribute two independent authored chapters to an edited volumes in English, which will summarize the project findings. 

All payments will be made according to Polish law and in Polish currency. Beneficiaries of payments made in the framework of the project will have to take care themselves in order to comply with the relevant tax, customs, social security  and currency regulations of their countries of residence.

How to apply:

All enquiries about the project should be sent to k.bachmann@feps.pl. Applications concerning European countries should be sent to Irena Ristić iristic@idn.org.rs, and for African countries (other than Rwanda) should be sent to Gerhard Kemp, gkemp@sun.ac.za. Applications for Rwanda should be sent to k.bachmann@feps.pl. All decisions will be based on project – related criteria notwithstanding academic titles, positions and general academic experience. Non-academics, journalists are also encouraged to apply.

However, the foreseeable cost of transport and accomodation for a resercher will be taken into account by the project team, which, in the case of two competing applications, will prefere candidates doing research in their country of residence over candidates, which will have to be refunded for transport to and accomodation in the country, in which they will carry out their research.

Applicants can apply for research in more than one country (for example: in Republika Srpska and Serbia or Sudan and South Sudan together). In such cases, the contractual payment will be negotiated individually between the project leader and the applicant.

In order to apply, applicants need to send in the following documents:

  1. A short CV (not more than one page, which can, but need not, include information about academic publications)
  2. a letter describing their competences, skills and experience as far as relevant for the project, indicating, which countries they want to choose for carrying out their part of the project, which media should be included into the frame analysis (and why) and which decisions of an international criminal tribunal they deem most relevant for the project. This letter should also contain information about the local languages, in which they are able to conduct source analysis and interviews (not more than 3 pages).

All these documents should only contain information in so far as it sheds light on the ability of the applicant to participate in the project and generate costs for the project budget. All documents must be written in English. The deadline for applications is May 22nd.


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