PhD in World Literature and Cultural Studies

Academic Year 2015-2016
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle XXXI
Coordinator Prof. Silvia Albertazzi
Language French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish
Duration 3 years
Positions 6 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 29, 2015 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Sep 15, 2015 to Sep 25, 2015 -
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2015
Main Department
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - LILEC
Associated Departments
Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies - FICLIT
Department of Sociology and Business Law - SDE
Doctoral Programme in collaboration with research institutions (art. 2, comma 2, lett. a) del D.M. n. 45/2013)
University of L’Aquila
Curricula and Research topics
  1. Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (Bologna):
    The students must know at least two foreign languages; they must be able to analyse and compare critical texts and use the most up to date methodologies. Their research must focus on two - or better three - different cultural and geographical areas, from the Renaissance to the present, which they must consider in their reciprocal intersections. The curriculum covers a variety of foreign literatures - ranging from English to French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian - and other media, studied within the framework of their cultural contexts and the global dimension (Goethe’s concept of Weltliteratur, "world literature", now increasingly in use). The PhD course envisages a wide spectrum of thematic paths – e.g. critical study of the forms of fiction and poetry, of theatre, of the plurality of artistic manifestations that characterise the different cultural contexts – which relates to the disciplines of History and Philology of Iberian Cultures, Spanish Language and Literature, Portuguese Literature, History of the Iberian area as well as French studies.
  2. American and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (Bologna):
    The curriculum has as its themes the various possible intersections between literatures written in European languages outside Europe (in the former colonies, and in emerging countries, but also in the U.S.) and the literatures of migration, studied within the framework of their cultural contexts and the global dimension (Goethe’s concept of Weltliteratur, "world literature", now increasingly in use). The curriculum thereby wants to provide doctoral students both with a theoretical approach to the issues of postcolonialism and with specific insights into disciplines ranging from literatures in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, diaspora writing, cultural studies, gender studies and postcolonial theory.
  3. Literary Criticism and Comparative Literature (L'Aquila):
    Incoming students are requested to achieve a good knowledge of at least two foreign languages and a good working knowledge of literary theory and rhetoric. The research themes will range between different cultural areas, addressing the relations between literature, other forms of knowledge and artistic expression (visual arts, performance, film, new media). Specific research topics of this curriculum are: themes and literary genres from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, modern and contemporary Italian literature, German literature and aesthetic reflection, the theory of the novel. Researches cover themes and genres of the various areas of study (Italian, English, Spanish, German and Anglo-American literatures), with particular regard to the tension between the local context and the European and global dimension, and also the underlying dynamics of power. Much attention is given to translation as an act of cultural mediation.
  4. Classical and Medieval Literatures (L'Aquila):
    The curriculum includes both research on genres and themes of ancient and medieval literature, including their intersections, and comparative researches on their modern and contemporary reception. Research topics are: ancient literatures and their modern and contemporary reception, themes and genres from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. A solid historical knowledge will be associated with a capacity for methodological reflection.
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The profile of PhDs trained within this doctoral programme gives them high expertise in the field of literary and cultural studies, with high language proficiency, a strong theoretical commitment and a wide range of skills in the human sciences. Thanks to this training, PhDs can aim to a variety of professional careers: working within the national and international networks of research, as international experts in private companies and public bodies or national and international institutions which are interested in strengthening political and trade relations with foreign countries. Along with an intercultural specialisation which is also useful in teaching in intermediate and high schools, students who trained within the PhD programme can operate, with a highly creative and critical profile, in the development and implementation of complex and high level projects in Libraries, Cultural Centres and Associations, Publishing, Journalism, Literary Translation, Foundations, Study Centres, Traditional and New Media, etc., that is to say in those areas where a high qualification in the humanities is in synergy with information society.
Admission Board

Appointed by RD n. 447/2015 Prot. n. 38592 on May 11, 2015

Members
Maurizio Ascari Ricercatore universitario Università di Bologna Dip. Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne maurizio.ascari@unibo.it
Maria Josè Flores Requejo Docente di II fascia Università degli Studi dell'Aquila Scienze Umane mariajosefa.flores@cc.univaq.it
Donata    Meneghelli Docente di II fascia Università di Bologna Dip. Filologia Classica e Italianistica donata.meneghelli3@unibo.it
Lucilla Spetia Ricercatore universitario Università degli Studi dell'Aquila Scienze Umane lucillaspetia@yahoo.it
Substitutes
Franca Ela Consolino Docente di I fascia Università degli Studi dell'Aquila Scienze umane francaela.consolino@libero.it
Roberto Mulinacci Docente di II fascia Università di Bologna Dip. Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne roberto.mulinacci@unibo.it
Anna Scannavini Docente di II fascia Università degli Studi dell'Aquila Scienze umane anna.scannavini@univaq.it
Monica Turci Docente di II fascia Università di Bologna Dip. Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne monica.turci2@unibo.it
Learning outcomes
The doctorate results from a Convention between the pre-existing doctorate in Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of L'Aquila. An eminently comparative programme, it addresses literary and cultural issues such as intersections between ancient and modern literatures, as well as between literature and the arts, taking into account the different cultural contexts in a global dimension (Goethe’s concept of Weltliteratur). The programme aims to provide both a theoretical and trans-disciplinary approach, and also specific insights into disciplines ranging from classical literature to Italian studies, from foreign literatures to the history of theatre, film, and other artistic practices. This kind of openness should favour a dialogue with the job market: literature and rhetorical practices are in fact often used by new media and by various sciences and communication techniques. The aim of the PhD is to train scholars who combine specific expertise in one or more subject areas with a strong knowledge of rhetoric and literary theory, a broad spectrum of readings of literary texts, both ancient and modern, in order to deal with technical competence and breadth of vision text analysis and techniques of argumentation. This should also trigger a reflection on the role that literature can play in the contemporary world and in the collective imaginary.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
In the first year the teaching staff decides on the doctoral research topic to be developed in the course of the three years and on the tutors who will supervise students. In the following two years students must develop their original research project, up to the completion of their thesis. Students in the first year follow a common programme, presenting at the end of the year a report on the state of their research and an original contribution on the topics covered in the academic year. The second and third years are devoted to in-depth research and the writing of the doctoral thesis. Students’ researches are placed within the framework of a broader formation through intensive collaboration with teachers, participation in courses, seminars and cultural events, dialogue and exchange with the other students and doctoral candidates of other Italian and foreign universities, as well as participation in inter-university research projects. Students are required to spend at least six months of research abroad during the three years. First and second year students should totalise 100 hours of academic work; third year students are expected to totalise only 60 hours in order to be able to carry out the thesis.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Students are guided by the tutor throughout the writing of their theses. As part of the teaching programme, seminars and lectures are held in the languages which characterise the PhD course. Of fundamental importance for the formation of PhD students is their active participation in the methodological seminar which is held every year in September and in which second and third year students illustrate and discuss – both with their first year colleagues and with the teaching staff – the methodologies employed in their works. Students are invited to present their researches in national and international seminars and conferences and to publish them. Students cooperate with tutors in the development of research, they are involved in the actions of the Research Area concerning information / training on submitting proposals, especially at a European level. Students are also trained to develop programs and identify opportunities for co-funding and fund-raising projects. Our partner, the University of L'Aquila, organizes a course on transversal skills in research which is compulsory for PhD students.
Internationalization features
The PhD Programme includes agreements for joint supervision aimed at the award of a double degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense, Paris Creteil and Leuven) for students enrolled in our PhD and / or in foreign universities. We are also finalising an agreement with the Universidade de Sao Paulo and the University of Nottingham to establish a joint PhD title. Since 2013 the PhD Programme is a member of the 'International Doctoral Programme in Comparative Studies funded by the Portuguese National Agency for Research and Education (Fundaçao para Ciencia e a Tecnologia) and coordinate by the Universidade de Lisboa. Foreign teachers are expected to participate in the Commission for the award of the PhD title. All the students have to spend at least six months abroad during their three years’ PhD course. This enables us to foster the relations between our PhD programme and universities all over the world. We also host Brazilian PhD students for research internships. It is possible to write the thesis in a foreign language, which is mandatory for co-supervised theses (Italian + foreign universities). For all PhD students part of the VIVA will have to be in a foreign language; in case of co-supervised theses the VIVA will have to be entirely in the related foreign language. As far as Foreign students are concerned, we currently have a French student from Paris Ouest-Nanterre and we expect a visiting researcher from a Rumenian Phd program.
Expected research results and products
Within the first year, students are expected to develop their projects and submit an annotated bibliography to be approved by the teaching staff. In the second year, students begin to spend training periods abroad. At the end of the year they must report on the activities they carried out, and by the end of summer they have to hand in the first chapter of their thesis. In the third year, student devote their time mainly to the writing of the thesis. Second and third year students actively participate in the organisation of conferences, seminars and other cultural activities related to their subject matter. Students are also strongly encouraged to publish articles and essays in national and international journals and miscellaneous volumes, edit conference proceedings and present papers at national and international conferences (at least one essay or paper per year) to test and share the results of their research. All these activities are supervised by the students’ tutors.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ALBERTAZZI SILVIA Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
ASCARI MAURIZIO Università di Bologna RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
BENOZZO FRANCESCO Università di Bologna RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
BERTONI FEDERICO Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
BRAGAGLIA CRISTINA Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
CECCARELLI LUCA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PO - Professore   Ordinario
CONSOLINO FRANCA ELA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PO - Professore   Ordinario
FLORES REQUEJO MARIA JOSEFA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PA - Professore   Associato
FUSILLO MASSIMO Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PO - Professore   Ordinario
GNOCCHI MARIA CHIARA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
IMPOSTI GABRIELLA ELINA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
MARCHETTI GIOVANNI GENTILE Università di Bologna PS - Professore   Straordinario
MENEGHELLI DONATA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
MERLI ELENA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PA - Professore   Associato
MINGANTI FRANCO Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
MONDA SALVATORE Università degli   Studi del Molise RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
MONTICELLI RITA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
MORABITO RAFFAELE Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PS - Professore   Straordinario
MULINACCI ROBERTO Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
PEZZAROSSA FULVIO Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
PINNA GIOVANNA Università degli   Studi del Molise PA - Professore   Associato
PRESOTTO MARCO Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
SBARDELLA LIVIO Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PA - Professore   Associato
SCANNAVINI ANNA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila PA - Professore   Associato
SCATASTA GINO Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
SIMONETTI GIANLUIGI Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
SPETIA LUCILLA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila RU - Ricercatore   Universitario
TURCI MONICA Università di Bologna PA - Professore   Associato
VECCHI ROBERTO Università di Bologna PO - Professore   Ordinario
ZENOBI LUCA Università degli   Studi de L'Aquila RU - Ricercatore   Universitario