The project (funded by the Austrian Science Foundation) investigates the normative consequences of past injustices. The project’s main question is: Should justice have a forward-looking orientation, backward-looking orientation, or something in between, and what are reasons to re-evaluate the orientation with respect to how we ought to respond to the consequences of historical injustices? The project aims to develop an integrated approach that would include prospective distributive elements (the focus on the needs of present day individuals), historical entitlement elements (the validity of past claims and their presumed continuation), and structural injustice elements (such as how social structures might disadvantage certain groups beyond distributive injustices).
The student research assistant will support the project leader and postdoc by researching literature, compiling a database of works on historical injustice and empirical research findings on the cases, formatting papers for publication and the planned edited volume(s) and/or special issue(s), organizing the international workshop and conference, maintaining the internet platform of the project, and, continually documenting the work done by team members on the public project website.
Applicants must be enrolled in a philosophy, history, law, cultural anthropology, Jewish studies or social science study programme (at the level of BA or preferably MA or equivalent) at the University of Graz, preferably in a philosophy programme. Good knowledge in English (at level C1 or higher) is expected. Preferably applicants plan to write a BA or Master thesis on philosophical aspects of historical injustice.
For further information concerning the project and the application procedure, please see the attached pdf.