PhD in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Culture

Academic Year 2018-2019
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 34°
Coordinator Prof. Gabriella Elina Imposti
Language French, English, Italian, Spanish
In particular: Italian, French, English and Spanish (thematic language) for curriculum 1, Italian, English and Spanish for curriculum 2, Italian and English for curriculum 3 and Italian, English and French for curriculum 4.
Duration 3 years
Positions 9 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Jul 18, 2018 to Jul 27, 2018
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2018
Operating centre
BOLOGNA
Main Department
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - LILEC
Associated Departments
Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies - FICLIT
Doctoral Programme in collaboration with research institutions (art. 2, comma 2, lett. a) del D.M. n. 45/2013)
Università dell'Aquila
Mobility abroad
Yes (indicated in the PhD Programme Table)
Curricula and Research topics

Curriculum 1: DESE - Les Littératures de l'Europe Unie/ European Literatures/ Letterature dell'Europa Unita
The literary research is developed in a supranational dimension in order to train specialists fluent in at least 3 languages who can manage different research typologies, methodologies and cultural contexts in a strong international dimension thanks to agreements and conventions with foreign institutions.

Each PhD cycle groups PhD candidates of the different signatory institutions to the agreement (www2.lingue.unibo.it/dese) by specific topics.

For the three-year period 2018-2021, the following topic shall be developed mandatorily: “Naturalism in the European literature”.

The research and training plan is provided for in the agreement. Within the framework of the proposed topics, annual works shall be about:

-       1st year course: history of the literature; history of the ideas; literature and informatics; art and literature;

-       2nd year course: textual analysis and translation techniques and methods

-       3nd year course: doctoral seminar and thesis

Curriculum 2: EDGES - Women's and Gender Studies
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Literature as a place for the production, circulation and consolidation of the culture of gender equality.

-       textual analysis, literary history, cultural studies, history of ideas, cultural  memory and counter-memories

-       women's artistic production and the female literary criticism and gender.

-       the issue of equal opportunities in access to education and knowledge, to the labor market and in career paths;

-       Discrimination based on religious prejudice and gender, civil rights in synchronic and diachronic perspectives and in different geo-political contexts.

-       Conflict management and promotion of corporate wellness and diversity management

-       Strategies and methodologies of gender and gender policies (gender mainstreaming) internship 250 hours

Curriculum 3: Literary and Cultural Studies
The research themes cover different cultural areas, addressing in turn
the relationship between literature and other fields of knowledge and different
forms of artistic expression (visual arts, performance, film, new media).
Specific research topics of this curriculum are: genres and themes of the
ancient and medieval literature (from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages),
including their intersections, and comparative research on modern and
contemporary reception; themes and genres; modern and contemporary Italian
literature, literature and aesthetic reflection of the German area; the theory
of the novel. Work will also focus on themes and genres of various areas of
study (Italian, French, English, Spanish, German and Anglo-American
literatures), with particular regard to the tension between the local context
and the European and global dimension, as well as the power dynamics which is
underlying. Much attention will be given to the translation as an act of
cultural mediation. A solid historical knowledge will be associated with a
capacity of methodological reflection. Taking into account the different
cultural contexts in a global dimension (reference is made to the Goethe's
concept of Weltliteratur, increasingly expanding today). Both theoretical and
cross-sectoral approach is offered, both specific insights in disciplines
ranging from classical literature to Italian Studies, foreign literature,
history of entertainment, film and other artistic practices.

Curriculum 4: World Literature and Postcolonial Studies
The curriculum will offer theoretical approaches as well as
cross-disciplinary and methodological insights in the specific areas of Postcolonial
Studies, transmedia studies, border studies, studies on the assets, analysis of
New Forms of textuality always more widespread in Contemporary Society, with
special attention to the functioning of the publishing market , the translation
policy, Migratory Phenomena and, more generally, the loosening of the link
between language, culture and territory on which for at least two centuries the
National Study of literature and the literary field Partition was based.

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The profile of PhD candidates trained within the doctorate provides them with a high competence in literature, cultural and gender studies, with solid linguistic proficiency, a strong theoretical commitment and a wide range of skills regarding human science. With this expertise and based on the specific formation obtained within the specific curricula, PhD candidates can aim to:
- academic career in Italy or abroad
- partnership with institutions and national and international cultural foundations, national and international networks of research
- elaboration and realization of complex and high profile projects in Libraries, Cultural Centres, Publishing Houses, Journalism, Literary Translation, Foundations, Study Centres, New and traditional media, ecc.
- jobs as international experts in private companies and national and international public institutions, interested in strengthening politics of relationships and trades - with foreign countries
- employment in ONG or anti-violence centres as cultural mediator and gender expert
- diversity manager in public institutions and private companies
- project manager of national and European projects oriented to gender studies, equal opportunities and civil rights
- formation of leader figures in managing intercultural relationships and conciliation politics.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Ascari Maurizio Università   di Bologna member maurizio.ascari@unibo.it
Conconi Bruna Università   di Bologna member bruna.conconi@unibo.it
Elam Keir Douglas Università   di Bologna member keirdouglas.elam@unibo.it
Fusillo Massimo Università   dell'Aquila member massimo.fusillo@gmail.com
Spetia Lucilla Università   dell'Aquila member lucilla.spetia@univaq.it
Luigi Contadini Università di Bologna Expert in Spanish luigi.contadini@unibo.it
Flores   Requejo  Maria Josefa Università   dell'Aquila substitute mariajosefa.flores@.univaq.it
Gnocchi Maria Chiara Università   di Bologna substitute mariachiara.gnocchi@unibo.it
Golinelli Gilberta Università   di Bologna substitute gilberta.golinelli2@unibo.it
Niero Alessandro Università   di Bologna substitute alessandro.niero@unibo.it
Soncini Anna Università   di Bologna substitute annapaola.soncini@unibo.it
Learning outcomes
Internationality, interdisciplinarity, transculturality and gender studies are the key words of the PhD. Hence, specific in-depth studies are provided in the following curricula: EDGES – gender and women’s studies, literature as setting for the production, circulation and stabilization of gender equality cultures; DESE - Les Littératures de l’Europe Unie / European Literatures, European literature as seen through one main transversal theme, therefore providing a vision of the literature that overcomes the concept of foreign language and culture; Literary and Cultural Studies, genres, themes and aesthetic reflections on ancient medieval, modern and contemporary literature, theory of the novel, including their comparative intersections; World Literature and postcolonial studies, transversal theoretical approaches in disciplinary and methodologic fields such as postcolonial studies, transmedia studies, border studies, migratory phenomena.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Each curriculum has its own specific activities.
EDGES
Meetings and tutorings with national and international supervisors; presentation of the research in the national and foreign branches according to the co-tutorship agreements provided for the double title; a 250-hours formative internship in institutions with which EDGES has joint agreements or with other institutions that have to sign agreements; 1st year: locating primary and secondary sources; halfway through 2nd year: drafting the 1st theoretical-methodological chapter of the research; PhD thesis written in English.
DESE
Mandatory activities according to the agreements with partner institutions. 1st and 2nd year: evaluation of research projects about the annual topic (no more than 20 pp.) (4 projects during the 1st year and 2 during the 2nd). 1st year: tutorings aimed to developing those projects. Professors and PhD candidates of the institutions gather for a scientific evaluation, balances and prospects. 2nd year: lessons (10-20 hours) with foreign professors. 3rd year: doctoral meeting: the PhD candidates present their research topics. It is mandatory to do an internship relevant to the research and to spend 12 months abroad. The PhD thesis must be written in French or English.
Literary and Cultural Studies and World Literature and postcolonial studies
1st and 2nd year: 100 hours of educational activities; 60 hours during the 3rd year. The PhD candidate must draft his project during the 1st year and present a bibliography to the faculty board. At the end of the year the PhD candidate writes a report on the activity performed, and has to present the 1st chapter of the thesis by the summer. The 3rd year must be spent mainly writing the thesis. The PhD candidate, during the 2nd and 3rd year, partakes in the organization of cultural activities relevant to their subject. PhD candidates have to spend at least six months abroad to research during the three years.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Each curriculum has different courses:
EDGES
Seminars: gender methodology, politics and strategies; theoretical-literary critic, analysis of the critical-literary genealogies of women; academic writing; public speech; performance skills; access to national and foreign research funds. Researches in institutions with co-tutorship agreements; presentation of the state of the art of the research; formative meetings on company welfare, gender budgeting and diversity management.
DESE
Working on a macro topic theme; seminars of evaluation: presentation and discussion with the board about the works done; conference about the state of the art of the topic; end of 3rd year: conference about the evaluation of the works in order to discuss the thesis; thesis writing and final discussion. The attendance of the doctoral courses of Information Technology and Literary and Methodology of the research is advised.
Literary and cultural studies
1st year: assignment of a research topic; undifferentiated course and presentation of a report about the state of the research and an original contribution about the topics debated during the 2nd and 3rd year: in-depth studies aimed to the thesis writing. 2nd and 3rd year: seminar about the PhD candidates’ works’ methodologies. Presenting the partial results of the researches during conferences and seminars is advised in order to use them as subject for publications.
World Literature and postcolonial studies
1st year: assignment of a research topic, education about topics such as postcoloniality, world literature, diaspora writing, cultural studies; undifferentiated course and presentation of an index and annotated bibliography of the thesis. 2nd and 3rd year: seminars and conferences, work on the thesis; presenting the partial results of the researches during conferences; partnerships and/or participations to publications; seminar about the PhD candidates’ works’ methodologies. End of 3rd year: approval of the thesis’ work.
Internationalization features
Within the PhD programme there are specific agreements with foreign universities aimed at educational and research activities. There are co-tutorship agreements finalized to the release of a double or multiple PhD degree for students enrolled to this PhD and/or for PhD candidates enrolled to foreign universities. It is expected the participation of foreign Professors in the Commission for the awarding of the title. The PhD has a stable relationship of scientific partnership with numerous European and non-European branches. According to the curricula, the PhD can require the participation of PhD candidates to winter/summer schools, conferences and seminars organized by European networks. Thanks to its scientific and cultural specialization, the Phd programme coordinates and supports a large number of collaborations with European and non-European universities (Agreements, double PhD degree, co-tutorships):
Europe:
Algarve (P)
Central European University, Budapest (HU)
Clermont-Ferrand (F)
Coimbra (P)
Complutense de Madrid (E)
Cracow (PL)
Granada (E)
Haute Alsace - Mulhouse (F)
Hull (UK)
KU Leuven (B)
Leeds (UK)
Lisboa (P)
Lodz (PL)
Oviedo (E)
Paris Creteil (F)
Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle (F)
Paris IV-Sorbonne (F)
Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (F)
RGGU – Mosca (RU)
Saarland, Saarbrücken (D)
Salonicco (GR)
Sofia (BU)
Tbilisi (Georgia)
Utrecht (NL)
Valladolid (E)
Extraeuropean universities:
Brazil (Universidade Federla Fluminense-UFF
North Western Univesity, Chicago (USA)
Seattle University (USA)
Universidad de Montevideo (Uruguay)
Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (MZ)
Expected research results and products
Speeches and scientific initiatives by the PhD candidates are expected and advised during the three years of the doctoral cycle, such as:
- organization of seminars, conferences, study days, ecc.
- where provided, participation to the organization of activities in the mobility site and/or in the institution where the internship is completed
- publication of articles, essays and reviews on national and international academic magazines and in various volumes
- taking care of conference proceedings
- presentation of papers to national and international conferences (preferably an essay or a paper a year) about topics related to the PhD’s research.
Doctoral programme Academic Board

Surname

Name

Institution

Role

ALBERTAZZI

SILVIA

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

ASCARI

MAURIZIO

Università di Bologna

Ricercatore

BAFFETTI

GIOVANNI

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

BAIESI

SERENA

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

BERTONI

FEDERICO

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

CECCHERELLI

ANDREA

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

CONCONI

BRUNA

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

CONSOLINO

FRANCA ELA

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Ordinario

CONTADINI

LUIGI

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

DALLAPIAZZA

MICHAEL GOTTLIEB

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

ELAM

KEIR DOUGLAS

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

FLORES   REQUEJO

MARIA JOSEFA

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Associato

FUSILLO

MASSIMO

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Ordinario

GNOCCHI

MARIA CHIARA

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

GOLINELLI

GILBERTA

Università di Bologna

Ricercatore a tempo determinato

IMPOSTI

GABRIELLA ELINA

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

LAMBERTI

ELENA

Università di Bologna

Ricercatore

MAGGI

EUGENIO GIOVANNI   EDOARDO

Università di Bologna

Ricercatore

MENEGHELLI

DONATA

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

MERLI

ELENA

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Associato

MILLER

DONNA ROSE

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

MONTICELLI

RITA

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

NIERO

ALESSANDRO

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato 

PEZZAROSSA

FULVIO

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato 

PRESOTTO

MARCO

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

RODRIGO MORA

MARIA JOSE'

Università di Bologna

Professore Associato

SBARDELLA

LIVIO

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Associato

SIMONETTI

GIANLUIGI

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Associato

SONCINI

ANNA

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario

SPETIA

LUCILLA

L'AQUILA

Professore Associato

ZENOBI

LUCA

Università dell'Aquila

Professore Associato

ZIRONI

ALESSANDRO

Università di Bologna

Professore Ordinario