Position paper on academic mid- level faculty and WissZeitVG

The board supports the position paper of academic mid- level faculty, which was drafted by the working group “Public Anthropology” and the status group “non-professoral research and teaching” of the DGEKW. The background to this is the planned reform of the German Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG), which regulates the time limit practice for doctorates and the post-doc phase. The fact that there are hardly any job profiles outside of professorships that promise predictability and security remains a problem.

The topic has been on the Executive Board’s agenda since 2021. Several letters of protest were written and signed to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger. See here our notification from June 2022.


NEW: JSCA now in Open Access

NEW: JSCA now in Open Access

JSCA 148 (2023) Issue 1+2

The Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology is now online in Open Access format – you can find the two current issues from 2023 at:


We thank the German Research Foundation for supporting the project “EthnOA – Open Access in den ethnologischen Fächern”, the Specialised Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology, the University Library Tübingen and our long-standing partner, Reimer Verlag and its employees.

Best regards, also on behalf of the editorial team, Gabi Alex and Alexis von Poser