Call for application for PhDs in Teramo, Catania, Palermo, Messina, Campobasso, Cassino, Cagliari e Urbino –  64 scholarships – Deadlines in August 2020.

University of Teramo – Deadline 06 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Historical Studies from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age. –  6 positions with scholarship

The PhD programme in Historical Studies from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age aims to promote the study of historical disciplines, in relation to national specificities and common processes that, at different stages, have contributed to the formation of the present world. Special attention is devoted to the critical analysis of phenomena linked to political, religious, cultural, economic and social history on a European and global scale, also in relation to the new strands of “digital humanities” and “public history”. In fact, the PhD programme aims to be a reference point for historical research applied to cultural heritage and historical dissemination through digital tools.

The target of the PhD Programme is to be a dynamic and innovative interdisciplinary reality with an international vocation, with the goal of attracting the best students, to involve the leading Italian and international experts in the fields of research of interest and to promote the international mobility of doctoral students and teachers. The PhD programme wants to train researchers able to move in an international and intersectorial horizon.

At the end of the PhD programme, each student will have to discuss an original and innovative research thesis, under the supervision of a “tutor” of the Scientific Board and with the possibility of activating international co-tutorships with a double Doctoral degree in cooperation with foreign universities.

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University of Catania – Deadline 6 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Sciences of cultural heritage and production – 6 positions with scholarship and 1 without scholarship

Research Themes:

History of cultural heritage and its interpretation. Material and immaterial cultural heritage (archaeological, archival, philological-documental, historical- artistic, historic-music and performative). Archaeometry and sciences applied to cultural heritage (physics, computer science, geophysics and geology). Economics of cultural heritage and production. Communication technologies for Cultural Heritage

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PhD Programme in Political Sciences  – 6 positions with scholarship and 1 without scholarship

Research Themes:

Research themes compatible with the interdisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. course interpretable through the Ph.D. scientific sectors (SPS/01, SPS/02, SPS/03, SPS/04, SPS/07, SPS/09, SPS/10, SPS/11, SPS/12, SPS/13, IUS/08, IUS/10, IUS/12, IUS/17, IUS/21, M-STO/02, M-STO/04, M-PED/01, M-DEA/01, M-FIL/01, L-LIN/12) with particular reference to the complexity of the political dimension.

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University of Palermo – Deadline 7 August 2020

PhD Programme in Humanities Studies  – 6 positions with scholarship 

Research Themes:

Literary Curriculum

The curriculum is intended to train PhD studentes who can contribute to the theories of literary studies (classical, medieval and modern, in various European languages) and develop the necessary skills to do high- profile research at universities or other public or private institutions, through a complete and diversified third-level humanity education. The PhD studentes must be able to propose and pursue innovative research projects based on in-dept knowledge of the tools and methods of analysis. Moreover, s/he must shows to be familiar with the relevant theoretical approaches while choosing those appropriate for the organization and documentation of her/his own project, thus demonstrating to possess critical and interpretative skills acquired also from a comparative perspective. The curriculum aims at stressing the role of literature as a canon for the interpretation of reality, its social aspects. It also intends to emphasize the stylistic and symbolic features that are connected with specific historical periods, schools, movements and authors.
The curriculum focuses on identifying and classifying, by means of literary texts, the phenomena of continuity and discontinuity, revivals and innovations, influences and effects on the history and life of human societies. The main aspects of this curriculum deal with:
1. Literary coding of identity models
2. Reception in different historical periods
3. Translation and Translation Studies
4. Theoretical and critical perspectives
5. Historical-comparative analysis
6. Rhetorical and aesthetic aspects
7. Editorial mediation
8. Methodologies for reading in the contemporary world
9. Literature teaching methods

Linguistic Curriculum

The curriculum is intended to train PhD students who can contribute to the theories of philological-linguistic studies and language teaching and develop the necessary skills to do high-profile research at universities or other public or private institutions, achieving a complete and diversified third-level humanity education. In particular, the doctoral school aims to train researchers so that they are able to handle the main theoretical and methodological tools for the analysis of several aspects of language. The PhD students will be given the opportunity to use the main electronic devices for linguistic analysis (databases, concordances, e-journals, digital editions, hypertexts, corpora, computerised atlas).
The main aspects of this curriculum deal with:
1. Philology of ancient texts
2. Philology of medieval texts
3. Philology of Italian literature
4. Historical and comparative linguistics
5. Analysis of grammatical phenomena
6. Dialectology and sociolinguistics of Italian and Italian varieties, especially Southern dialects
7. Study of Italian language history
8. Translation and Translation Studies
9. Discourse analysis
10. Onomastics
11. Theoretically updated reflections on language teaching (L1 / L2 / LS)
12. French linguistics
13. Spanish linguistics
14. German linguistics

The specific focus of the PhD theses is to expand citizenship from a supranational and anti-discriminatory perspective, promote multiculturalism and the cultural processes of inclusion, emancipation and social inclusion. Moreover, it aims at consolidating principles of equality among citizens while fostering intercultural relationship, according to the European Parliament’s Recommendation of 18.12.2006 on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning and the Education and Training 2020 Program (ET 2020), namely the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in the field of education and training.

Philosophical Curriculum

This curriculum is intended to train PhD students who can contribute to the theories of historical-philosophical studies and develop the necessary skills to do high-profile research at universities or other public or private institutions, through a complete and diversified third-level humanity education. In particular, PhD students must be able to propose and pursue innovative research based on a complete knowledge of the philosophical and historical-cultural tools and methods. Moreover, s/he must show to be familiar with the relevant theoretical approaches while choosing those appropriate for the organization and documentation of her/his own project thus demonstrating to possess critical and interpretative skills acquired and oriented also towards the analysis of the contemporary world. This curriculum aims at developing common thematic issues, particularly cross-cultural cognitive skills having to do with humanities disciplines. The main aspects of this curriculum deal with:

  1. Theoretical philosophy
  2. Contemporary Phenomenologya and Hermeneutics
  3. Ethics and Anthropology
  4. Social ontology, ethics of relationships and communicative action
  5. History of philosophy and history of ideas in classical and late antiquity
  6. History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
  7. History of philosophical doctrines and movements in modern and contemporary times
  8. Logical, linguistic and ontological foundations of human and natural sciences
  9. Theory of artistic and multimedia languages
  10. Philosophy of language
  11. Rhetoric and argumentation theory
  12. Contemporary history
  13. Contemporary historiography.

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PhD Programme in Cultural Sciences  – 9 positions with scholarship

The PhD program “SCIENZE DELLA CULTURA” has an interdisciplinary vocation, the training andresearch project considers the plurality of themes and the peculiarity of the fields of investigation. It is divided into two addresses: European Cultural Studies and Cultural Heritage Sciences.

The European Cultural Studies curriculum develops themes that, starting from a study of “multicultural”society – keeping in the background the Mediterranean area – allow to deepen aspects of literary and artistic production such as gender studies, visual culture, cultural identity in globalization, as well as the theoretical themes related to the theory, geographies and history of European culture both ancient and modern.

The Sciences of Cultural Heritage curriculum aims to prepare specialists on theoretical, methodological, operational issues: study of documents, artefacts, material testimonies of civilizations from prehistory to the current world, study of historical landscapes, study of material and intangible heritage, methodologies and strategies of communication, musealization and enhancement of heritage.

The goal of the PhD program aims, through an innovative integration of humanistic knowledge and skills, to train scholars able to face the most advanced challenges in the fields of European Cultural Studies, Archaeological research and Historical Sciences, the enhancement and communication of cultural heritage.

The PhD program aims at the qualified training of scholars of material and intangible Cultural Heritage, possessing innovative and interdisciplinary methodological tools for the contextual analysis of archaeological, artistic and historical-cultural testimonies and for the value of Cultural Heritage in the territory and in today’s society; experts in European Cultural Studies to hold research and teaching roles in universities and schools and to carry out training activities in public and private institutions; qualified figures to coordinate and direct cultural institutions such as museums, theatres, archives and libraries, cultural foundations and humanitarian, social service institutions in multicultural and international contexts; to operate in publishing companies (publishing houses, newspapers, TV etc.) and international social and cultural study bodies; to advise policy- makers that offer reading hypotheses and innovative solutions to social problems and to develop policies oriented to the management of transcultural processes in the public and private sphere.

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University of Messina – Deadline 14 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Humanistic Sciences  – 8 positions with scholarship and 2 without scholarship

The PhD course in “Humanistic Sciences” trains scholars with highly qualified specialized research tools in line with the most advanced international research, with a wide and synergic offer, capable of producing high-level effects on employment.
The curriculum Ancient and Modern Philology provides for languages and classical literature and the ancient and modern, paleographic, the metric and ecdotic skills necessary for a study of texts at a philological, historical-linguistic, critical-literary level, applicable to different professional fields (university research, teaching secondary schools, publishing, journalism).

The curriculum Anthropology and History from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age and history in the context of European history and geography, religious history and political thought, aims at improving a competitive education in teaching and research; privileged topics: features of territory and its transformations based on anthropological and socio-cultural dynamics; historical roots of Europe between West, East and Mediterranean; impact of political and religious factors on modernity; interculturality and identity through narrative forms of some social groups. The curriculum Archaeology and Ancient History trains qualified archaeologists and ancient historians, active at managerial and research level in the regional and Mediterranean context, with a background in archaeology, history, epigraphy, archaeological research methods, capable of managing knowledge, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage.

The curriculum Philosophy trains qualified researchers across the entire range of philosophical disciplines. Particular attention is given to current issues such as those of the philosophy of complexity, geo-philosophy, bio-politics, bioethics and the relationships between philosophy and religions, the problems deriving from the development of science and the post-human question, which the historical reconstruction, rooted in modern Western reflection, also joins the theoretical perspective.

The PhD in “Humanistic Sciences” has a strong interdisciplinary cut, as shown by the interconnection between the various thematic areas of the SSDD that appear within it, attributable to the two sectors ERC SH5 and SH6, and the presence in the Academic Board of specialists of two CUN areas (10 and 11). This vocation is expressed in the proposal of a didactic offer common to the curricula both in the first and second year, for a total of 18 CFU (ECTS), based on the identification of aggregating thematic areas, related to theoretical and methodological aspects of the various active research lines in the PhD course, presented in a perspective of dialogue and transversality. The primary objective is to train, for a correct approach to literary, historical-anthropological, archaeological and philosophical facts, young researchers equipped with the necessary tools for an appropriate understanding of the culture and political-social aspects of the ancient world, of medieval, modern Europe and contemporary; this training, although declined in highly specialized study paths (in the four curricula), rests on an integrated dimension of humanistic knowledge and allows doctoral students to deal with research and techniques of neighboring disciplines, maturing that scientific openness and ductility that are essential qualities of the modern scholar.

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University of Molise – Deadline 20 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Humanistic Sciences  – 5 positions with scholarship and 1 without scholarship

The PhD Course in Ecology and Territory aims to develop advanced scientific and technological abilities required to carry out highly qualified autonomous research activities, even with an interdisciplinary approach, to apply to the fields of conservation, enhancement, management and sustainable planning of natural resources and territorial heritage, also with reference to the process of territorialisation in a diachronic perspective.

In particular, doctoral students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge to: carry out functional analysis of environmental (geo-eco-cultural) and territorial systems, define and implement environmental and territorial monitoring protocols and advanced tools for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, develop and use sustainable landscape management and planning approaches, carrying out environmental impact analysis and strategic environmental assessment and the related historical and geographical investigations, using innovative methodologies for the protection of environmental and cultural assets. Overall, the course involves the study of the territory in its different dimensions, with innovative multi-scale approaches aimed at integrating the need for environmental protection and health with that of sustainable socio-economic development, also through the design of prevention and management systems of natural and man-made risks, of green infrastructures for resilience and urban regeneration.

The interdisciplinary training objectives of the course are also oriented towards the acquisition of in-depth knowledge of the English language, data processing skills, and ability to manage research activities.

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University of Cassino – Deadline 21 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Literary and Historical Sciences in the Digital Age – 4 positions with scholarship and 1 without scholarship

  1. Historical and philological-literary studies on the ancient and medieval world

    The curriculum aims to provide formation in historical and philological-literary research on ancient and medieval texts, the production, writing and decoration of manuscripts and the cataloguing techniques of codices and documents, with reference to the use of the principal technologies of Digital Humanities

  2. Italian and European historical-literary philological and linguistic studies

    The curriculum aims to provide formation in historical-literary, linguistic and philological research in Italian, French, English and Anglo-American literature with intertextual and comparative methodologies and consideration of literary theory and criticism with reference to the use of the principal technologies ofDigital Humanities.

  3. Historical studies

    The curriculum ‘Historical studies’ offers training in historical research in modern History, contemporary History, History of international relations, with special attention for historiographic turning points, historical methods, critical use of sources.

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University of Cagliari – Deadline 27 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Philological and Literary, Historical and Cultural Studies – 4 positions with scholarship

The aim of this PhD programme is to give PhD students the opportunity to acquire advanced skills in one of the disciplines listed below, and to master the investigation and analysis of literary texts and the related cultural contexts. Although both Curricula share common research methods – such as linguistic, philological and rhetorical analysis, intertextuality, and theory of translation – each of them relies on specific language skills and is grounded in particular historical-cultural contexts.

Curriculum 1 fosters the philological and exegetical approach to textual sources of the ancient and the medieval civilizations, both in terms of linguistic, literary, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, and of the investigation of their historical, social, prosopographical and philosophical contexts.

Curriculum 2 focuses on the developments – and interactions – of European, Northern American, Southern American and Post-colonial literatures and cultural studies, following a formal-theoretical and social- historical perspective. Against the background of modernity and contemporaneity, this path offers advanced critical tools of philological and textual analysis, combining literary traditions with specific cultural contexts.

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University of Urbino – Deadline 31 August 2020

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PhD Programme in Humanities – 8 positions with scholarship and 2 without scholarship

Curriculum 1. Text and communication sciences

Communication and media studies; Internet studies; Sociology of Culture; Consumption analysis; Forms and languages of the contemporary collective imagery; Cinema, photography and perfomance studies; Audience studies; Public communication; Philology, Exegesis of sources; Classical Theater History; Reception and fortune of classical Greeks; Genres and forms of literary communication; Study of metrical-rhythmic forms in poetic communication, and of their history;

Curriculum 2. Contemporary history and comparative cultures

Contemporary history; Political and social history of Italy and Europe; History of the Italian and European political system; History of political movements and parties; Cultural history and cultural studies; Intercultural Studies; Identity and cultural memory in humanistic studies; Linguistics and linguistic heritage; European and American literature.

Curriculum 3. Human Sciences

Theoretical and logical philosophy; Moral Philosophy and Religious Philosophy; History of philosophy and ideas; Culture and education; Educational models; Empirical research in psychotherapy; Neuroscience of aging processes and of psychological processes; Pathological psychological processes in clinical specimens; Development of language.

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