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PhD Programme in Global Histories, Cultures, and Politics - Academic Year 2021/2022 - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
    Political sciencesScience and society
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/05/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Bologna


The main purpose of the PhD School in Global Histories, Cultures and Politics is to train scholars in the main scientific area, which are involved in the PhD project: history, anthropology, political theory and history of political thought, oriental and area studies, religion studies, and geography. A particular attention will be devoted to the interdisciplinary dimension of research as well as to the critical reflection on the multiple methodologies of human and social sciences. The most important outcome of the PhD school will be the development of original PhD thesis and the communication and dissemination of their research results in broader research environments. The acquirement of some basic abilities in the field of research will be guaranteed by means of a specific training in the following fields: ability to integrate in international research networks, to publish in high-ranked scientific journals, to develop research projects for post-doc job opportunities.
Research topics

The PhD programme is characterized by a global and interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of historical and social processes. The "global" is not merely understood as a wider geographical scale, but rather as an epistemic device leading the study of the present and the past. "Globalization" is therefore not taken as something given but as a set of processes, whose variable combination is necessarily the effect of the action of specific political, social, and economic forces that attract investigation through the interaction of multiple disciplinary approaches.

Historiography - touching upon topics transversal to different ages such as political, economic, social, and religious history, history of ideas, institutions, settlements, gender history - meets area and oriental studies to grasp the polycentric of global spaces traversed by transnational flows of people, ideas, and commodities. Intellectual and conceptual history, pursued in a non-Eurocentric perspective and attentive to theoretical traditions that have remained marginal in political, social, and cultural studies, allows an analysis of the prospects and limits of Western grand narratives. Anthropology, through a peculiar ethnographic sensitivity, demonstrates how phenomena with a global scope inscribe onto the concreteness of social actors’ experience. Political philosophy, understood as critical theory and entering constant dialogues with such approaches as cultural, postcolonial, and gender studies, provides the conceptual and analytical framework that is needed for the production of a global political theory. Geography provides the language and the methods that allow grasping and representing the multiple spatial and territorial frame within which the investigated processes develop – with a specific focus on "trans-scalarity".

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The yearly gross amount of the scholarships is € 15.343,28. Social-security contributions are deducted monthly from the gross scholarship by the University on behalf of the PhD candidates. Scholarships are paid to PhD candidates on a monthly basis, in arrears (payment is completed not earlier than the 25th day of the month).

Eligibility criteria

Please, check the Call for applications

Selection process

Qualifications and research proposal evaluation

Oral examination

More information in the PhD Programme Table

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Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


Applicants, regardless of age and citizenship status, can apply for the admission to the selection procedure if they have awarded at least one of the following degrees:

  • Laurea Magistrale, Magistrale a ciclo unico or Laurea Specialistica (Master’s Degree);
  • Laurea di Vecchio Ordinamento (pre-1999 reform);
  • A Second Cycle Degree awarded by academic institutions part of AFAM (Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale);
  • A non-Italian Second Cycle Degree (Master’s Degree or Single Cycle Degree) awarded by an academic institution equivalent to the above mentioned degrees (letters a, b, c).

Applicants who are yet to obtain their Second Cycle Degree are admitted to the selection procedure on condition that they obtain their degree by no later than October, 31st 2021.

Specific Requirements

- Multi-annual research proposal

- Abstract of the second cycle degree thesis

- Personal Statement

- No more than 1 reference letters

- List of publications (i.e. monographs, articles on scientific journals, volume chapters - max. 3), minor publications (conference papers, etc. - max. 2)

- Research activity of any kind

- Language proficiency certificates

- Periods of study abroad, outside the country of origin (e.g. Erasmus programme or other similar mobility programmes)

- Other qualifications attesting the suitability of the applicants (scholarships, prizes, etc)

More information in the PhD Programme Table.


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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna

EURAXESS offer ID: 631026


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