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Call for application for PhDs in Turin, Genoa, Pavia, Padua and Milan Bicocca – 103 scholarships – Deadlines in June 2020.


University of Turin – Deadline 4 June 2020

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PhD Programme in Global History of Empire – 6 positions with scholarship

Programme Annex. Global History of Empires is a joint doctoral program between the University of Turin (Italy) and the Higher School of Economics (Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russian Federation). The program is designed to provide educational and research environment for dissertation research by doctoral students in the fields of early modern, modern, and contemporary history, with particular attention to its global dimension.

It offers an interdisciplinary degree for students who desire to study global issues such as conflict, migration, human rights, governance, environment, energy, technology, sustainable development and the challenges these issues present for lasting peace, equality and prosperity. The PhD programme is based on the assumption that empires did not belong exclusively to the past, and that they left their imprint on the contemporary world in a variety of ways that we often fail to appreciate. Its aim is to enrich the understanding of the historical origins of the complex mosaic of institutions, practices, habits of thought and organization that make up the modern world.

Research Themes

The consortium will include faculty and research teams that are specifically poised to address the key questions in the study of the global history of empires: the historical dynamics of imperial transformations and post-imperial political and cultural orders, the global entanglements between imperial formations, the role of peripheral, emulative, and rival imperialisms in the global dynamics of empire, and de-colonization in early modern and modern history.

With the help of a broad range of new methodologies for studying empires, such as the connected history or the post-colonial studies, the PhD programme fosters research with a focus on:
– the global dimension, conceived as a way to go beyond national histories and uncover the entanglements between spaces, regions, and rival universalisms;
-the early modern and modern historical dynamics of imperial expansion, decline, transformations and de-colonization;
-the beyond-Europe perspective and a revision of the taxonomy based on the First World and the Third World with the help of perspectives from peripheral and rival universalisms;
-a cross-disciplinary research interacting with the humanities, the social sciences and the history of science and knowledge production.

Thematic focus will include intellectual construction of empires, subjecthood and citizenship in imperial and post-colonial settings, gender, trajectories of transition from empire to post-imperial orders, European studies and the perspective on Europe from outside, history of migrations and diaspora, legal pluralism in comparative perspective, global micro-histories, anthropocene and empires: energy, environment, economy, empires and the construction of identities.

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PhD Programme in Arts and Humanities – 7 positions with scholarship

Programme Annex. The PhD Programme in Humanities aims to study cultures as a homogenous phenomenon, albeit including its variations which characterise the different disciplinary traditions, and at the same time it intends to identify the links and differences in the relation between tradition and innovation. Therefore, we aim to apply methodological tools from various humanistic disciplines to forms of knowledge and the study of cultural transformations: linguistics, comparative studies of literatures and performing arts, the theoretical and diachronic study of different cultures, communication and media offer the chance to widen the research scope and so they support PhD holders in the world of research and work. In the field of Humanities, this type of research benefits from the collaboration with public institutions, dealing with cultural issues, and with private research centres.

The development of the studies in each subject emerges from the alliance of different research methodologies and different teams; the participation in the PRES projects with foreign universities (Université de Toulon-Var 2011) and in national projects (digitalisation of the Greek codes of Turin libraries, ALEPO) and international projects (UFI funds for a project on the spread of Dante’s Commedia in France; funds from the Spanish Government for the ARPREGO project) represents the scientific community’s interest in this PhD Programme. All the various research activities of this PhD programme focus on the promotion of libraries and archives (including those with musical and theatrical materials), and thus follow the EU agenda, which considers this as a priority.

Research Themes

Italian Dialectology, Geographical Linguistics and Sociolinguistics:

Following the tradition established by Turin linguistic school, which stemmed from the work of Terracini and Grassi, the specialization in Italian Dialectology, Linguistic Geography and Sociolinguistics aims to cover the entire range of themes concerning language variability, in all its aspects and on all its levels of analysis. Therefore the focus will be not only on the distribution of Italian dialects and their relations with language(s), but also and chiefly on the phenomena of contact between different languages and dialects, linguistic minorities and new minorities, social aspects and dynamics, in a context like modern Italy affected by migration flows.

Greek, Latin and Byzantine Philology and Literature: 

In the area of classical antiquity studies, research will pivot around Greek, Latin and Ancient Christian literatures, on classical philology and on Greek and Latin literatures of the Medieval and Humanistic period. The texts, spanning from archaic age to Humanism, will be studied through the most well-established methodologies of text critique and historical-literary exegesis. Furthermore, it will be possible to widen the scope and include the most recent research emerging from literary anthropology and history of culture.

French Studies:

The research of this specialization mainly examines the cultural exchanges between France and Italy, and those between the French tradition and other European and non-European cultures, besides the reception of the classical tradition in France and in the Francophone contexts. The research is concerned with French literature from the Middle Ages to the modern period and the history of the French language.


The Indology curriculum provides tertiary-level training through the methodologies of linguistic, philological-literary, philosophical-religionistic and historical-cultural subjects with reference to the Indian subcontinent (including the Tibetan sub-area). The approach adopted is both diachronic and synchronic, and contemporary artistic expressions are taken into consideration too.

Italian Studies:

In this specialisation, research will deal with literary works and cultures (in Italian, in Latin and in the various Italian dialect) from the origin of the Italian language to the contemporary age, with regard to different literary styles and genres, to research methods, to the history of the subject and of the critique and poetics. The research ranges from the philological study and comments of texts to their historical and geographical contextualization with reference to the different ancient Italian states and their regional realities, from the historical-literary discussion and outcomes of the canon in Italian literature in different ages to the study of literary language in its historical and technical aspects, to the stylistic analysis of literary communication and the relation with visual or performing arts, and new media.

Comparative Literatures and Cultures:

For the area of Comparative Studies, topics under investigation include comparative literatures and cultures, in a homogenous perspective of the literary expressions and the relations between literature and other artistic forms, such as music, theatre, cinema and visual arts. Special attention will be devoted to the theory of literature, seen as systematic phenomenon.

Semiotics and Media:

The Semiotics and Media spcialisation offers doctoral students high-quality training and international opportunities in research and specialised communication professions, particularly with reference to the semiotic analysis of speeches, of texts, of cultures and the historical investigation of media, contents, and contexts. This curriculum is particularly suited for jobs in the research field and in the academic teaching of communication sciences as well as for leading jobs in the cultural and media industry.

Performing Arts:

The specialisation in Performing Arts trains candidates in the areas of cinema, of media, of live performance, and of music by looking for interdisciplinary correspondences with the purpose to offer suitable historical, critical, philological and computer-based methodologies.

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University of Udine – Deadline 12 June 2020

 Call for admission and Programmes Annexes.

PhD Programme in Art History, Film Studies; Media Studies and Music – 5 positions with scholarship

The PhD program in Art History, Film Studies, Media Studies, and Music promotes advanced research in these fields, providing candidates with a study environment, PhD board members and research initiatives that are dynamic and international.

The course stands out for its close connections with museums, archives, film and media archives and numerous labs. It is part of a wider international network and has an outstanding research output thanks to a large range of publishing activities connected to the program.

On a yearly basis, the PhD program in Art History, Film Studies, Media Studies, and Music promotes an intensive international PhD program: MAGIS – Gorizia Film Studies Spring School.

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University of Genoa – Deadline 15 June

PhD Programme in Digital Humanities – 8 positions with scholarship

The PhD in Digital Humanities of the University of Genoa, in partnership with the University of Turin, aims at highlighting how the world of Humanities intertwines with the one of technology.

The PhD is characterised by a spirit of cooperation typical of DH: Humanities and IT Departments of the two involved Universities operate together and create a stimulating and creative work environment, made distinctive thanks to a combination of theoretical transdisciplinarity and digital practice. In this sense, PhD students are trained in order to manage dedicated IT tools for research in the Humanities, and also to reconfigure the fundamentals of study applied to the technologies and to the languages through which they are transmitted.

Research Themes:

The PhD in Digital Humanities offers four different curricula, two of which are organized by the University of Genoa, and two others by the University of Turin:

Arts and Multimedia technologies (Genoa)
Languages, literature, Foreign cultures and technologies (Turin)
Language, Culture and digital technologies (Genoa)
Linguistics, Applied linguistics, onomastics (Turin)

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University of Padua – Deadline 15 June

PhD Programme in Historical, Geographical and Antropological Studies –  15 positions with scholarship

The Phd program is organized in three curricula.

Curriculum 1: Historical Studies

Society and cultural representations: the study of identity and identity construction (national and international, professional, religious, racial, kinship, intergenerational identities); rules and law; public and private sociability; ritual and religious practices.
Politics and its functioning: civil and ecclesiastical institutions; the history of communication and of public opinion; military history; colonialism and post-colonialism.

Curriculum 2: Geographic Studies

Analysis of spatial and territorial processes: dynamics of the physical environment; the impact of man on physical environment, (climatic change, geomorphological processes, population); development and sustainability projects; landscape studies and representations;place production;historical, geographical and anthropological problems of globalisation: technology, politics, ethics.

Curriculum 3: Historical-Religious and Anthropological Studies

Social history and anthropology of the material and immaterial heritage:ethnographic museums,understanding the natural environment, history and anthropology of the landscape (natural and semi-natural); the history and anthropology of cities, of migration and of labour; history of spirituality; cultural and religious transformations.

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PhD Programme in History, Criticism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage –  14 positions with scholarship

The PhD course in History, Criticism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage was born from the union between the School for the Studies and Conservation of Archaeological and Architectural Property, and the School for the Studies and Criticism of Musical and Artistic Property; this new entity aims at preparing scholars to deal with historical, theoretical, methodological and operative issues of cultural heritage, with special attention to constant updating in the various fields. In this perspective, PhD students are offered a wide range of knowledge and competences, by means of an across-the-board approach, which combines both humanities and scientific subjects.

The course is organized in different but integrated educational paths, where every field (archaeology, archaeometry, preservation and restoration of cultural property, history of the arts, musicology, cinema, photography and audio-visual production, drama) presents and illustrates its own specificity, methodology, and study tools, working in close connection with the research groups operating within each Department.

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International PhD Programme in Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance –  4 positions with scholarship

The International Joint Ph.D Programme is a three-year, interdisciplinary, joint academic programme managed by Universities in Australia, Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, coordinated by the University of Padova (Italy).

The joint degree will be a Dottorato di ricerca in Italy, a Doktorat iz društvenih znanosti in Croatia, a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Australia, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cyprus.

The doctorate aims at forming researchers with a multi/interdisciplinary profile. The programme includes teaching, research and training in the area of human rights studies, covering the various legal, political, social, philosophical and economic approaches and methodologies, and different geographical areas.

Research themes suggested by the members of the Doctorate’s Academic Board (proponents’ names are into parenthesis). Prospective applicants are invited to take them into consideration, also transversally, in drafting their research projects.

Research Themes

Cultural pluralism, religious diversity, and human rights (Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai, Siniša Zrinščak)

The contemporary process of global mobility has caused a transformation from the social, cultural and religious homogeneity, either real or socially constructed in many nations, and especially in Europe, to the acknowledgement of diversity, though this acknowledgement is evolving at different pace in different European countries and has been, at the same time, constantly challenged by other social processes. At various levels this transition is governed by civil authorities as well as other social actors, such as different religious institutions. The significance of religion within contemporary so-called post-secular society lends to multifarious interpretations that try to explain the individualization of belief, the challenge of the fundamentalist movements, and the use of religion in an identity and ethnic role. The continuous process of interaction and mutual influence  between historically embedded social-religious nexus, on the one hand, emerging cultural pluralism and/or religious diversity, on the other hand, and human rights, will be studied by focusing on specific research topics, preferably in a comparative and interdisciplinary way, such as: (i) minorities identification and protection strategies (potential, content and implementation of cultural rights) and their relations with the “language” of human rights; (ii) mapping “religious minorities”, “new religious movements”, and atheist groups; (iii) majority-minority(ies) relations; (iv) cultural and legal responses to religious diversity; (v) religious strategies to adapt to human rights issues; (vi) civil and religious “institutional arrangements” for the recognition of religious diversity.

Citizenship and human rights (Elena Pariotti, Costanza Margiotta)

Citizenship has a twofold and persistent relation with human rights. On the one side, within political communities, in both sociological and legal terms, the notion of citizenship is the core of the ascription, implementation and warrantee of fundamental rights. In this sense, it is an emblem of inclusion, participation and belonging and the concrete setting for the enjoyment of fundamental rights. On the other side, the notion of citizenship can be seen as a source of exclusion and cannot but represent a challenge to the inherent universality of human rights, which therefore work either to stretch the criteria for ascribing the status of citizenship or to weaken the impact of this status on the ascription of rights. A further level to which the idea of citizenship turns out to have complex relations with the wider framework of fundamental rights, on the one hand, and with the idea of nationality, on the other hand, is represented by the notion of European citizenship, the developments of which are mainly a result of the interpretative activity of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

International law, international order, and human rights (Elena Pariotti, Paolo De Stefani)

Several issues has been arising in human rights studies that basically deals with (i) the impact of the structure of international law (features of sources, international community, subjects, actors, functioning and aims) on human rights recognition and protection; (ii) the ways human rights affirmation affects the developments of international law, i.e by functioning as a source of hierarchy. Many issues are worth being addressed in these terms, for example: What does order can and should mean in international sphere in the light of human rights requirements? How can the notions of democracy and rule of law be properly adjusted in such international order? How global justice can be framed as a goal of international order? What kinds of accountability and legitimation for decisions can properly take place in it? In what sense, if any, is it possible to devise a process of “constitutionalisation” of international law? What relations are there between “constitutionalisation” and “fragmentation” of international law?

Governance and emergencies (Paolo De Stefani, Andre Renzaho)

Since the early 1970s, the international community has witnessed a dramatic growth in humanitarian emergency action. According to some scholars, emergency has become a sort of counterpart to the prospect of global order. Governance – as requiring a reasonable framework of rules, predictability and accountability to which relevant actors are committed – is confronted with a pervasive setting of emergency-based practices, often short-sighted, highly politicized and self-referential, but that draw considerable funding and media attention. How can humanitarian action effectively support human rights implementation in post-conflict or post-disaster contexts? How can the international human rights legal framework help deconstructing the socio-political and legalistic justifications of politically construed “emergencies”? Is there room to enhance governance and human rights concern in emergency operations? This research stream promotes empirical research in a variety of contexts (humanitarian action and relief, development cooperation, “structural adjustment” programmes…) whereby the clash or the harmonization between the potentially competing instances of emergency and human rights emerge, with the aim of learning lessons useful to improve governance patterns.

Human rights in the EU external relations (Marco Mascia)

The catalogue of principles and values of the common foreign and security policy regime – democracy, rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights, human dignity, multilateralism law based – is connected with the innovative and human-centered part of the international political system that is rooted in the United Nations Charter and in the international law of human rights. The logical reference paradigm is that of human security.
Literature regarding the EU in international politics includes categories such as “normative power”, “soft power”, “civilian power”, “smart power”, the use of which raises expectations of a highly innovative role also from an ethical point of view. At the same time several questions interrogate research, among others: is the only soft power sufficient to meet the new global challenges of the 21th century? To keep its soft power and protect its attractive potential from erosion dangers, does the EU need a balanced combination of soft and hard power? What is the contribution that civil society organizations and movements can effectively provide to the EU in carrying out its security strategy? May the Lisbon Treaty open the way to further communitarising common foreign and security policy, or does it represent a more sophisticated form of “rationalised intergovernmentalism”? What steps should the EU take to bridge the gap between the ambitions that are typical of a global actor, and reality? A further question regards the EU international identity: does it reflects its internal identity, which is that of an actor pursuing the political (supranational) integration of its member states, or is it unable to overcome the old state-centered identity that the old continent has inherited from the Westphalian Peace?

Social vulnerabilities, public policies and human rights (Paolo De Stefani, Paola Degani)

This area of research aims at critically assessing, in the light of the human rights paradigm, the development of the policies and systems to regulate and intervene in a number of situations involving specific groups or individuals whose status is characterized by elements of vulnerability, due to the influence of multiple socio-political, economic and legal factors. Research may include, among other things: cooperation and referral mechanisms between systems providing protection to victims of trafficking and to persons seeking international protection; effective networking in fighting male violence against women and in protecting the victims of such violence; prevention of serious exploitation of children in forced criminal activities, and protection of the victims thereof; women’s discrimination and women’s rights denial in a variety of socio-political contexts.

Racial discrimination in the labour market (Arrigo Opocher)

The ‘equal pay’ legislation and the general legislation on human rights prescribe that wage setting and worker hiring be completely ‘colour-blind’. Yet there is a considerable racial wage gap in advanced economies and segregation phenomena are widespread, meaning that people of different ‘race’ (i.e. different skin colour or national/ethnic origin) are concentrated in different jobs. Are these market outcomes explained by differences in productivity? Or rather are they ultimately determined by social tastes and stereotypes? Is there any discrimination, based on race alone, in the labour market?

A vast economic and interdisciplinary literature, empirical and theoretical, addressed such difficult and important questions since the 1970s. Some topics that are attracting particular interest (and controversy!) in current literature are:

  1. i) Racial bias in educational choices. The cost of human capital investment can be higher for racial minorities than it is for the majority, due to a disadvantage in family environment; conversely, the return to such an investment can be lower, due to a lower probability of being hired in ‘high-skill’ jobs.
  2. ii) The effects of stereotypes. Discrimination in the labour market can be ‘statistical’, meaning that, for a given educational attainment, a member of a racial minority is expected to have a lower productivity than a member of the majority.
  3. iii) The effects of ‘affirmative actions’. Segregation and discrimination are sometimes contrasted by a system of benefits enforced by law aimed at counterbalancing reduced opportunities (‘affirmative action’). These measures, however, are highly controversial, and the design of an efficient affirmative-action institutional framework is a very complex task.

Two main methodologies are adopted for the study of these issues: regression analysis (based on statistical surveys) and field experiments (based on real outcomes in fictitious randomized settings). Such a mix of methods mirrors the position of this topic at a crossroad of different disciplines: economics, sociology, political science, and law.

Multi-level Governance, (intercultural) dialogue, education (Léonce Bekemans)

The ongoing transitions in the global and regional (European and beyond) landscape offer opportunities for innovating ideas, research and policy strategies of governance building within an  international and European context. The research area is set within the context of rethinking social sciences as a change agent to study interconnecting trajectories of sustainable statehood for human governance, in particular to promote sustainable human development in rapidly transforming societies. This implies a paradigm shift from a disciplinary-driven research agenda to a problem- and change-driven research, adopting a clear interdisciplinary perspective. The multi-directional process of formal and informal governance building in the international and regional systems assumes various levels of governance (up, down, across and beyond) with institutional, political, educational, sociological, legal and ethical consequences. The recognition of these interlinkages and their impact on changing statehood and governance structures constitutes the main research focus. The conceptual building blocks of the research are the universality and indivisibility of the human rights, the importance of global public goods in relation to international organization and transnational democratic practice and the cosmopolitan perspective of multi-level governance structures (See U. Beck, D. Held, D. Archibugi, Z. Bauman, R. Falk, J. Habermas, etc.). Specific  policy-oriented research themes are related to the dimensions of traditional statehood monopoly (i.e. security, territory, citizenship, democratic practice and cultural identity, including management of cultural heritage).
This broad research area also covers the study of (intercultural) dialogue and (active/responsible) citizenship as well as education/learning processes for intercultural realities in a multi-level governance structure. The crucial role of education, as well as the use and practices of teaching and learning, are rethought within the dramatic acceleration in the speed of social change brought about by the process of globalisation. In short, objectives, competences and practices of (intercultural) citizenship education are studied in order to develop proper answers to society’s current challenges and cultural realities.

Social Justice, Human Rights and Public Health (Roberto De Vogli)

The fields of health equity and human rights have different languages, perspectives and methodologies, yet they share a number of fundamental concepts and tools for study and action. Evidence from social epidemiology showing that socioeconomic conditions (e.g. poverty, unemployment, homelessness, education) are among the strongest determinants of health overlap with the human rights literature that focuses on the role of both socioeconomic rights (e.g. access to a decent standard of living, housing, education, healthcare, water and sanitation) as well as civil and political rights (e.g. the right to collective bargaining, political participation and non-discrimination). A growing body of evidence also indicates that both categories of human rights are plausible mechanisms explaining why more egalitarian societies have better health and psychosocial outcomes than more unequal ones. This proposed research area focuses on: a) a trans-disciplinary approach in the study of social justice, equity, health and human rights; b) the study of the impact of public policies on health, equity and human rights; c) the use of cross-national secondary datasets and longitudinal aggregate-level analyses in the study of the interrelations between policies, health and human rights.

Globalization, Migration, Health, and Humanitarian Assistance (Andre Renzaho)

Globalization and international migration are two concepts that will continue to divide international opinions and to polarize policy makers, politicians, and advocates depending on which side of the fence one is sitting on. However, while labour migration continues to dominate the discussion around people movements in the context of globalization, data by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the impact of globalization on the environment suggest that globalization impacts the whole migration spectrum: it increases greenhouse gas emissions; impoverishes biodiversity; creates uneven political efforts, and creates capitalistic and democratic political systems that foster trade and cross-border mobility. As Globalization continues to gain momentum, the burden of forced migration (i.e. internally displaced people, refugees, and asylum seekers), voluntary migration (i.e. student and labour migration, and family stream migration) and irregular migration (i.e. visa over-stayers) will always represent a challenge for policy makers. The proposed PhD program provides a package of themes to explore the health and social effects associated with migration from a global perspective. The package included but not limited to: 1) complex humanitarian emergencies: response and policy governance; 2) internally displaced people: the effectiveness of soft and hard laws 3) international migration and skilled labour shortages; 4) immigration impacts on government expenditures and revenues; 5) demographic transition in advanced and transition economies; 5) the effectiveness of policy responses to international migration (restrictive migration policies vs. the diaspora option vs. reverse brain drain); and 6) bridging the rural-urban divide.

Development, structuring and challenges of the European Administrative Space (Ivan Koprić)

The European Administrative Space (EAS) is based on the idea of administrative harmonization and convergence of traditional models of public administration (Westminster or Anglo-Saxon, Weberian or German, Napoleonic or South European, and Scandinavian or Nordic) and traditional administrative solutions. There are three developmental lines in further structuring of EAS: Europeanization of policy formulation, Europeanization of policy implementation, and harmonization of European citizens and other societal actors (businesses, civil society organizations, etc.). In such a way, bottom-up Europeanization, with citizens in the centre, complements top-down Europeanization. Citizens and other societal actors expect, presumably, approximately equal level and quality of public services for all European citizens and other people.
Several issues will be studied in detailed manner: a) which meanings and conceptual components of EAS can we distinguish; b) which values and social and citizens’ expectations, governance principles and standards of public administration organisation and functioning have been incorporated into the EAS; c) which bodies and other actors, procedures and mechanisms support and facilitate further structuring of EAS; d) what are the main fields of harmonization. Besides that, certain legal documents (the Code of Good Administrative Behaviour, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, etc.), as well as connected theoretical and doctrinal notions (EU integrated administration, services of general interest, multi-level governance, good local governance, etc.) will be analysed.

Social policy, new social risks, social rights and good governance concept

The concept of welfare state has been designed for social security system typical for western countries in period of fast industrialisation and challenges with urbanisation. It was an appropriate and efficient way of meeting the needs of working class people and the middle class. Welfare state and measures of social policy dominantly were covering classical social risk. Recent developments, globalisation processes and economic crises seriously threaten social policy programmes in terms of their appropriateness to all citizens. The crisis of current welfare state can be recognised as a problem of dualism. From one side older and employed population are protected in terms of social risk. From other side young, unemployed population are not covered with social security system and they are mostly socially excluded. Having in mind also the changing, more precarious nature of labour, this process will be long lasting problem. What are the social rights of the mentioned population, faced with new types of social risks? Do we have empirical evidence to describe and understand the complexity of the problem? In that context, how the approach and principles of good governance, on different levels, can be helpful to provide efficient respond to new social risks? How far can we count on a decent level of social capital, active citizens and civil society organisations to tackle this challenges? These are some questions this research line would address.

Microfinance and social inclusion (Alberto Lanzavecchia)

Microfinance is considered as an activity which can have a positive impact on social inclusion and hence serve as an important policy tool for policymakers. The aim of the project would be to improve the understanding and measure the impact of microfinance on financial and social inclusion of maginalized people, and to identify the conditions necessary in order to maximise the efficacy of this tool with the aim of providing a decision-making tool within the framework of SDGs strategy for 2030 for sustainable and inclusive growth.
The research programme will be focused on the following key questions:In which ways can financial inclusion be seen to impact social inclusion and vice versa? How can the impact of microfinance on financial and social inclusion be quantified and measured at micro-economic and macro-economic level (e.g. impact of microfinance in terms of business creation and as a route out of unemployment)?What are the links between micro loan pricing, affordable credit and financial / social inclusion? What is the relative contribution of different microfinance products such as credit, savings and insurance on financial and social inclusion? What differentiates business-related micro-credits from personal micro-credits in terms of impact on financial and social inclusion? How does the degree of financial and social exclusion at regional/national level vary across countriues? How is it related to the development stage of the respective financial markets in general and microfinance markets in particular?

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PhD Programme in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences –  13 positions with scholarship and 2 positions with scholarship

The Doctoral Programme in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences brings together the disciplinary competences and research strengths of the areas of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Padova. Its main objective is that of fostering the acquisition of conceptual and methodological tools alongside critical theoretical capabilities so as to allow for the construction and evaluation of scientific hypotheses that may be applied to a range of disciplines. It aims to educate scholars who will be able to conduct original scientific research at an international level in the following areas: Classical Philology; Italian Studies; English and German Linguistics, Philology and Literature; Romance Studies; Slavistics.

On a professional level, the PhD programme qualifies graduates for a career in university teaching and research and high-school teaching in the Humanities. Moreover, it prepares graduates for future cultural challenges in sectors related to: advanced teaching; research; the conservation of the cultural heritage; the management of research and cultural institutions in Italy and abroad; the establishment and development of publishing ventures; literary and scientific translation; the production of high-level school textbooks; the promotion and organisation of cultural enterprises; and finally journalism, the media, publishing and the field of digital humanities.

Research Themes

The Programme focuses on three resarch areas, with particular attention to the interdisciplinary paths running between these:

Linguistic Studies:

Historical linguistics and grammatical theory (morphology, phonology, syntax); linguistic and applied linguistic issues relating to the main Western languages; dialectology; translation studies; language teaching; lexico-grammatical investigation; special languages.

Philological Studies:

Philology (classical, medieval and modern) seen as ecdotics and history of tradition, and especially as an act of total interpretation of the text in its historicity, cultural thickness, material data and semic values; history of the Italian language; studies of stylistics, rhetoric and metrics; theory and history of translation.

Literary Studies:

History and criticism of literary, critical and cultural production in the main Western languages, from antiquity to present day; literary periods and genres (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Romanticism, modern and contemporary) in European literature and that of Anglophone, Francophone Hispanophone countries; comparative literature and cultural studies; translation; the reception and circulation of texts; the relationship between national cultures and transnational production; thematic and and anthropological criticism of the literary text.

Alongside classical languages (Greek and Latin) and Italian, the languages, cultures and literatures investigated are: French, English (including Anglo-American and Anglophone varieties), German, Spanish (and Latin-American), Portuguese and Brazilian, Modern Greek, Romanian, Czech, Croatian and Serbian, Polish, Slovenian and Hungarian.

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PhD Programme in Social Sciences –  7 positions with scholarship

The PhD Course in Social Sciences – Interactions, Communication, Cultural Constructions is a three-year program held within the FISPPA (Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology) Department of the University of Padova.

The Program is designed to prepare high level scholars for the analysis of cultural processes of social change, which are characteristic of high complexity societies, though the acquisition of sociological and social psychological knowledge and with contribution from anthropology and social statistics, within an interdisciplinary context.

Theoretical and methodological perspectives are dealt with strong emphasis on interactionist and constructivist approaches. Main concerns are migration and cultural pluralism in the public sphere. Other main topics regard communication, gender, citizenship, labour, health, sustainability.

Research Themes

Intercultural Relations: Mobility, Religions, Family, Genders

This research line deals with the topics of transformation, negotiation and conflict related to national, religious, ethnic and gender differences in globalized social contexts. It aims at developing an intercultural and intersectional interpretation of issues related to international migrations, religious conflicts, the diversification of family practices and structures and the pluralization of gender and sexual identities. Its main interest focuses on the social stratification of citizenship and the construction of social and cultural hegemonies.

Science and Technology Studies – Media Studies

This research area is at the intersection of Science & Technology Studies and Media Studies. The research projects carried out and still underway concern, in particular, the presence and evolution of technoscience in the public media sphere, the relationship between digital technologies and everyday life, the transformations of mass communications with the advent of new media, the relationship between biomedical research and care practices, technological innovation processes, changes in scientific research laboratories in connection with the development of new tools.

Labour processes, forms of racialization and social control

This line of research analyses the social processes with reference to four macro-themes often interlinked: 1) internal and international migrations based on gender perspective and with particular attention to structural constraints and forms of subjectivity; 2) social control, deviance and criminal phenomena according to a deconstructionist approach; 3) racialization and feminization processes from a post and de-colonial perspective, with the use of qualitative and visual methods; 4) labour processes and labour market according to an intersectional perspective.

Social and environmental issues

This research line deals with the social construction of knowledge with focus on change and continuity in everyday knowledge. Recent research focuses on social issues – e.g. ageing in an ageing society – and environmental issues – e.g. sustainability, climatic change, alternative models of development, energetic citizenship. Qualitative and quali-quantitative methods are privileged.

Identity and Health

This research line considers macro-themes regarding identity and change from an angle of well-being and health, in a theoretical and clinical perspective: a) bodily and alimentary diseases in the perspective of the dialogic self and interactionist approach, with focus on the process of constructing and negotiating meanings in psychotherapy; b) challenges and resources in critical and changing psychosocial contexts with particular reference to career construction and life design, reduction of barriers as well as promotion of actions and supports with the aim of fostering inclusion; c) social representations and perceptions in situations of vulnerability such as disability, sickness, end-of-life, psychic suffering, bodily/gender identity and its changes in the life cycle in an interpersonal perspective, promotion of quality of life in various contexts.

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University of Pavia – Deadline 24 June 2020

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PhD Programme in History – 8 positions with scholarship

The PhD program in History aims at training graduate students with a solid background in historical studies to achieve a high scientific level in the different branches of the historical research. It allows to deepen the knowledge and the analytic skills of the students about the historical processes in different periods, from the pre-classical to the contemporary age, and in a multiple, European and non-European, spatial context.

The PhD program covers two different research fields:

  • a. Civilisations of the Mediterranean Area in Pre-classical, Classical and Middle Age
  • b. Society, Politics and Institutions in Modern and Contemporary Age

The research field civilizations of the mediterranean in pre-classical, classical and middle age includes the following topics:

– Pre-classical ancient Near-East
– Ancient history and historiography
– Greek, Etruscan, and Roman archaeology, topography and art
– History and civilisation of Greek and Latin Middle Age.

This reseach field focuses on the civilisations of the Mediterranean area, a renowned place of encounter and cultural confrontation, from the period of great Oriental empires in the remotest Antiquity to Middle Age. The main character of this scientific area is its high degree of interdisciplinarity in didactics and research. This new perspective, going beyond disciplinary boundaries, is meant to form deeply competent specialists in history of the Mediterranean area, equipped with a high level common background of knowledge, who can enter the academic career and use their expertise in scientific or teaching activity, as well as in preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in the different Mediterranean countries.

The research field Society, Politics and Institutions in Modern and Contemporary age includes the following topics:

– Modern and Contemporary History
– Constitutional and Administrative History
– History and Politics of European Integration
– History of Asia and Africa

This research program enables PhD students to work on the long periods of history, overcoming traditional turning points and taking into account the outcomes of complex phenomena in a multiple spatial context. Multidisciplinary analytical skills are thus trained and improved, as well as special interpretative capabilities. Such skills and capabilities will be regularly checked by tutors and within the frame of lectures, national and international conferences, seminars and series of lectures, workshops/ateliers meant to compare individual research improvements with well-established field of studies and with the most recent assets in historiographic research.

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University of Milan Bicocca – Deadline 26 June 2020

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PhD Programme in Urban Studies (URBEUR) – 7 positions with scholarship

The international Doctoral Programme URBEUR is networked with a number of outstanding European Universities: University of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Delft, Lièges, London, Leuven, Oulu, Paris, Wien. It offers scholars, researchers and professionals a programme of study designed to deliver a broad and thorough grounding in the field, along with the skills to develop specific areas of expertise. It provides for the development of methodological skills for qualitative work as well as for quantitative analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of interdisciplinary competences thorough knowledge of comparative approaches.

The Programme offers scholars, researchers and professionals a programme of study designed to deliver a broad and thorough grounding in the field, along with the skills to develop specific areas of expertise. The Programme provides for the development of methodological skills for qualitative as work, as well as those necessary for quantitative analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of interdisciplinary competences, thorough knowledge of comparative approaches, and the language skills necessary to work at a professional level in a global environment.

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PhD Programme in Analysis of Social and Economic Processes (ASEP) – 5 positions with scholarship

The Doctoral Program in Analysis of Social and Economic Processes (ASEP) aims at training students for both scholarly and applied social research. Upon completion of the program, students will have the knowledge and skills required to design and carry out, in academic or non-academic settings, conceptually sound and methodologically rigorous empirical research on social and socioeconomic phenomena. ASEP graduates are well prepared for careers both in the academic labor market and in non-academic occupations and professions, especially in the fields of market research, research and development, public administration, international organizations, and consulting.

The ASEP faculty’s research interests cover a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical topics, including consumption, culture and cultural change, demographic transitions, deviance, education, ethnicity, family, game theory, gender, interethnic relations, labor market, migration processes, multiple deprivation, network analysis, policy evaluation, research design and methods, social change, social inequality, social theory, social work, subjective well-being, youth.

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PhD Programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology (DACS) – 4 positions with scholarship and 1 position without scholarship

DACS is the doctoral program in cultural and social anthropology of the University of Milan-Bicocca. Students participate in an active research community of expert faculty, visiting professors and doctoral fellows whose interests include historical anthropology, politics, religion,
gender, health, art, migrations, and issues related to labor, environment and resources. The program is committed to long-term fieldwork, and welcomes proposal in all the fields of cultural and social anthropology with a preference for researches that cast light onto the transformations of Latin American, South-East Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Eastern Asian communities and societies. DACS pursues an active policy of collaboration with international research institutions, third-sector and no-profit organizations, which operate in European and extra-European contexts.

DACS students receive the intellectual, material and documentary support they need to fully concentrate on their work and meet the challenge to produce a high quality academic contribution. The program encourages intellectual exchanges among students and between students and senior researchers in both formal and informal settings. We push students to develop their leadership qualities and cut the edges of contemporary anthropological debates. We offer them the opportunity to join our ongoing research projects and familiarize with the challenges of national and international research. We teach to follow research themes across disciplinary fields and question ethnography in light of current issues of broader concern: citizenship, economy, environment, gender, labor, migration, politics, health, education. The acquired competences are valuable in a variety of professional settings in addition to academic research.

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