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Call for application for PhDs in Urbino, L’Aquila (Gran Sasso Science Institute), Macerata and Napoli (Scuola Superiore Meridionale) – 37 scholarships – Deadlines in June 2020.


University of Urbino – Deadline 11 June 2020

Call for admission and programme annex here.

PhD Programme in Global Studies.Economy, Society and Law. – 8 positions with scholarship and 1 position without scholarship

The PhD programme focuses on the economic, socio-political and legal aspects of globalization processes. A special attention will be given to European integration and disintegration, to the evolution of Euro-Mediterranean relations, to global tensions between East and West and between North and South of the world.

Research Themes

The thematic area Global Society, Cross-border Mobility and Law, first launched in 2018/19 and proposed again in the upcoming  2020-2021 edition, focuses on cross-border movements of capital, knowledge, labour and people, mainly from institutional, legal and sociological perspectives.

The main topics covered in this edition will be:

(a) Law, rights, institutions and cross-border mobility in the European and global arena;

(b) Social dimensions and global governance of migrations, welfare, localities and labour.

Website here.

Gran Sasso Science Institute (L’Aquila) – Deadline 11 June 2020

 Call for admission and Programmes Annexes.

PhD Programme in Regional Science and Economic Geography – 7 positions with scholarship

The PhD Program in “Regional Science and Economic Geography” is a unique multidisciplinary program in the field, meant to train and make students capable of pursuing autonomous, high-level, and original research that contributes to personal/societal wellbeing by promoting regional and local development. It is intended for students from different backgrounds, including applied economists, economic geographers, and sociologists. Based at the GSSI Social Science Unit, the research themes of the PhD program include, among the other, migration (both voluntary and forced), regional resilience (both in peripheral areas and cities), innovation (knowledge, human capital, creativity, entrepreneurship) and the informal economy. The methodological perspective in research and teaching is multidisciplinary in nature, with a combination of approaches relating to the economy of the territory, regional sciences, economic and human geography. Internship program opportunities have been established with the OECD and the European Commission and several collaborations exist with foreign universities (including with the London School of Economics).

Website here.

University of Macerata – Deadline 30 June

PhD Programme in Global Studies. Justice, Rights and Politics  – 4 positions with scholarship and 1 position without scholarship

GS is firmly grounded on the scientific conviction that certain sets of problems dealing with the complexities of our societies and present-day time should be investigated with the advantage of a number of academic approaches, only one point of view being insufficient to tackle the depth and intricacy of these issues. For this reason, the topics within the programme are selected for being at the intersection of several branches of study.

Research Themes:

The topics are:

  • Distance and Virtuality
  • Law, Politics, and Knowledge
  • The Politics of Health, the Health of Politics
  • Individual and Collective Responsibility in the Technological Age
  • Environmental, Economic, Financial and Social Sustainability
  • Global Justice and Law. Intersectional Understanding of Inequality

Brochure here.

Scuola Superiore Meridionale – Deadline 30 June

Call for admission.

PhD Programme in Ancient Mediterranean archaeology and cultures. Historical research, preservation, cultural heritage, management, and use. –  6 positions with scholarship

The PhD in “Ancient Mediterranean archaeology and cultures. Historical research, preservation, cultural heritage, management, and use.” is an advanced course of study and research based on a multi/interdisciplinary approach, at the end of which students will defend a thesis based on their original and independent scientific work.
The focus of interest is on archaeological heritage approached as research in the field of classical antiquities, ranging from historical and literary research to preservation, management and promotion.
The doctoral programme aims to train the student in the contextual reading and interpretation of objects, spaces, practices and cultural, social, economic and religious phenomena. This training is provided through studies of cases relevant to ancient Mediterranean civilisations and the management of their complex cultural heritage. Of particular current relevance in the modern world are the themes of the mobility of people, ideas, technologies and objects, of the hybridisation of cultures and their connectivity practices. Objects, spaces, practices and phenomena are considered with relation to their physical aspect, their survival in the modern world and the necessary phenomena of their manipulation, destruction, oblivion, rediscovery, presentation and communication.
The training model of the doctoral programme is based on the balance between theoretical training and practical research and activities related to all of the functions carried out by a National Trust Body and by an Archaeological Museum in Italy, as well as by Museums and administrations of foreign countries that are particularly qualified.
Particular focus is placed on Italy, both as the training base and as a case study, considering the deep complexity of its unparalleled cultural heritage which has over the centuries generated specific know-how in the field of research, management and conservation. This focus can be effectively broadened for the students with experiences abroad, particularly with relation to the aspects of public engagement, promotion and professional training. The disciplines for which the teaching staff can offer a level of training and preparation equal to the best international institutions are: Archaeology; Prehistory and Protohistory; the History of Classical Art; Cultures of the Ancient Near East, of the Middle East and of Africa; Latin Language and Literature; Greek Language and Literature; Ancient History; Restoration and History of Architecture; Cultural Heritage Legislation.

Research Themes:

The research and teaching themes are as follows (others may potentially be added to coincide with developments in the research of the members of the Board):

– The mobility of men and objects in the ancient Mediterranean
– The hybridisation of the cultures and practices of their connectivity
– Funeral rituals and the representation of the deceased in written documents, in architectural forms and in the figurative decoration of ancient Mediterranean civilisations
– Philological, linguistic and literary criticism exam on Greek and Latin literature authors (VIII B.C. – VI A.D.) and on the forms of their contribution and to historical-archaeological and historical-artistic analysis
– Philological, linguistic and literary criticism exam of Greek and Latin texts transmitted on materials originating from archaeological sites (papyrus, ostracon texts, fragments of parchments discovered in archaeological digs, epigraphs, graffiti and wall murals)
– Management, promotion and use of archaeological sites
– Myth and society in Greece and Ancient Italy.
– The role of shrines in the social, political and cultural life of the ancient city
– Workshops, shops, artisans: from raw-materials to the circulation of goods
– Originals and Copies: the seriality of the production process in Greek and Roman sculpture.
– Maintenance and restoration in archaeological areas.
– Biography of the objects and materiality of the museum.
– Communicating the antiquity in the age of social media.

Website here.

PhD Programme in Global History and Governance –  6 positions with scholarship

The PhD in Global History and Governance is an advanced course of study and research at the end of which the student discusses a thesis based on original and independent scientific work. The course offers an educational programme based on a multi-disciplinary approach centred on history and law and open to contributions from other disciplines such as political science and economics. The programme focuses on the comparisons, connections and processes of globalization that have characterized different areas of the planet since the first era of global imperialism and does so by focusing on the relational dimension of historical processes, legal regimes and the organization of power; on the interconnections between economic, political, legal, cultural and social factors; and on circulation, exchange and interconnection of ideas, persons, institutions, legal cultures, political models, concepts, rights and goods on a global scale.
The areas and themes on which the members of your college can offer training and research preparation on an equal footing with the best international centres are: History and historiography; European empires of the modern and contemporary age; States, wars and violence in the 19th and 20th centuries; History of slavery and forced labour; The legal heritage of Europe and its integration; Religions and the sacred in the modern and contemporary world; Conceptions and practices of citizenship; States, nations, languages, peoples, classes; Globalization of law.

Research Themes:

The themes of research and teaching are as follows (others may be added in conjunction with the development of research by members of the college):
– Forms of organisation of power
– Revolutions, civil wars and global wars. Specific cases, paradigms and problems of interpretation, historiographic perspectives;
– Legal citizenship, social citizenship, welfare state and human rights;
– Power, religion, sacred in the contemporary age;
– History and analysis of concepts: people, state, nation and nationality, national language, class;
– Forms of economic and legal integration on a regional (EU, WTO, NAFTA, Mercosur) and global basis
– Mythologies of global law;
– Rise, expansion and decline of empires;
– History and historiography of global society;
– Global history of work and dynamics of capitalism

Website here.

PhD Programme in Texts, Traditions and Book Cultures. Italian and Romance Studies –   6 positions with scholarship

The Ph.D. program in Texts, Traditions and Book Cultures. Italian and Romance Studies is an advanced research degree at the end of which students must defend a dissertation based on independent and original academic research.

The course offers a multi-disciplinary training program based on study of the Italian and romance literary tradition as it is organized around the forms of the book, manuscript and print. At the centre of the research is the literary work, which is conceived as the final product of a series of procedures: aesthetic, historical-cultural, material. Starting from the concrete texts, including the ways and formats in which they were conceived and then transmitted over time, the doctoral school is necessarily built on transversal studies, from the history of literature to stylistics, from philology to the history of books and publishing.
The PhD board consists of fourteen members with a wide range of research specialties and can offer training and preparation at the top international level in the following areas: Codicology and Latin palaeography; history of printed books and private and public libraries; Italian and Romance philology; Italian and Romance linguistics and lexicography; Italian and Romance stylistic, metric and rhetoric; Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance; history of intellectual groups and the Western imagination from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

The program aims to train highly qualified scholars and managers who can work in the fields of linguistic, philological, literary, archival and library research. Thanks to the acquisition of notions, theories and tools, also digital, they will be able to read, reconstruct and to interpret critically the historical, formal dynamics of textual and cultural traditions that contribute to the Italian literary system and the Romance area. They will also be able to give relevant contributions to academic research and education at universities, and to direct both public and private structures (such as libraries, archives, research centres) relying on their analytical skills, general view and comparison of problems, interdisciplinary approach and international experience.

Website here.

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