PhD in Arts, History, Society

Academic Year 2023-2024
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 39
Coordinator Prof. Marco Beghelli
Language Italian
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Jun 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

PhD Call for Applications, with scholarships funded by NRRP and other funds

Enrolment: From Jul 28, 2023 to Aug 21, 2023

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2023

39 PNRR PhD Call for Applications
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of the Arts - DARvipem




Research topics
  • History of Medieval Art
  • History of Modern Art
  • History of Contemporary Art
  • Museology, Art and Restoration/Conservation Criticism
  • History of Architecture
  • Performing Arts
  • Cinema, Photography and Television
  • Musicology and History of Music
  • Ethnomusicolgy
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy and Theory of Language
  • History of Philosophy
  • Contemporary History
  • General Sociology
  • Sociology of Culture and Communication
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
- Academic research and teaching
- Research in public and private institutions
- Teaching at various school levels
- Employment in cultural institutions with conceptual, organizational and managerial responsibilities
- Employment in the cultural industry (publishing, marketing, branding, promotion, advertisement, etc.)
Admission Board

Appointed by RD n. 709/2023 Prot n. 149534 on Jun 02, 2023

Surname and Name University / Institution Role email
Beghelli Marco Università di Bologna Member
Cervellati Elena Università di Bologna Member
Cosenza Giovanna Università di Bologna Member
Muzzarelli Federica Università di Bologna Member
Pescatore Guglielmo Università di Bologna Member
Bacchi Andrea Università di Bologna Substitute
Barra Luca Università di Bologna Substitute
Benati Daniele Università di Bologna Substitute
Benelli Francesco Università di Bologna Substitute
Cavazza Stefano Università di Bologna Substitute
Lorusso Anna Maria Università di Bologna Substitute
Massaccesi Fabio Università di Bologna Substitute
Pitozzi Enrico Università di Bologna Substitute
Rocchi Marta Università di Bologna Substitute
Santoro Marco Università di Bologna Substitute
Scalfaro Anna Università di Bologna Substitute
Staiti Domenico Università di Bologna Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics:

  • Andrea Bacchi - Associazione Amici di Federico Zeri OdV
Learning outcomes

The doctoral programme covers a wide range of disciplines; the educational goals are therefore flexible and linked to the research path undertaken by each individual doctoral student, focused on the acquisition of high research methodological skills, beyond the mere academic realm. Traditionally, the course aims at the acquisition of historical, critical, philological skills in relation to the issues of conservation, transmission and enhancement of artistic, cinematographic, musical and theatrical cultural heritage. Eventually, these goals opened up to the areas of communication and cultural marketing through the offer of courses in applied research, to facilitate not only academic careers, but also broader and diversified catchment areas.

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
  • Bibliographic research
  • Archival, philological and documentary activity
  • Textual analysis
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Qualitative surveys
  • Field research
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
  • Recurring discussions on doctoral candidates’ provisional research results and the specific methods applied
  • Mandatory attendance of dedicated seminars (at least 30 hours per year)
  • Additional attendance of lectures offered to Master degree courses
  • Recommended attendance of lectures and seminars at other cultural institutions and universities, mainly non Italian
  • Participation in any inter-university doctoral seminars
  • Periodic updates on European and international research systems, on the exploitation and dissemination of results, on intellectual property and open access to data and research products, on the fundamental principles of ethics, gender equality and integrity, managed from time to time time by the Doctoral programme, the Department, the University
  • Attendance of departmental lectures of guest or visiting scholars
  • Participation as auditor or speaker in national and international conferences
  • Support to other research activities pursued by the doctoral student’s advisor or by the Department (competitive projects, conferences, fund raising, etc.)
  • Tutoring undergraduate and master’s degree students theses
Internationalization features
  • Foreign Members of the doctoral Committee
  • Mandatory periods abroad for doctoral students (up to twelve months), working in contact with scholars from foreign Academic and Cultural Institutions
  • Dissertation and final defence may be written and discussed in non Italian languages
  • Training activities might be offered in multiple languages
  • Possible participation of the individual doctoral student in Una Europa’s (European University Alliance) activities
  • Possibility of foreign co-advising for the co-supervision of our Doctorate’s dissertations and the award of a joint degree
  • Availability of co-advising foreign doctoral students
  • Adhesion to the Memorandum of Understanding between the China Scholarship Council and the University of Bologna for the acceptance of extra Chinese students
  • Special agreement with the Collegio di Spagna of Bologna for the acceptance of extra Spanish students
Expected research results and products

During the three-year cycle, doctoral students must publish at least two articles, or similar outcomes in collective volumes, on topics related to their doctoral research or other fields of study. For this reason, participation as a speaker in national and international conferences is strongly encouraged in order to foster connections with the scientific community. The final dissertation is the main result expected by the end of the programme. It should be published as a book or as articles on prestigious editorial sites by the two years following the defence.