PhD in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Culture

Academic Year 2019-2020
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 35
Coordinator Prof. Gabriella Elina Imposti
Language Russian, French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish
In particular: Italian, French, English, German for curriculum 1, Italian, English and Spanish for curriculum 2, Italian and, at the applicant’s choice, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or German for curriculum 3.
Duration 3 years
Positions 5 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jul 09, 2019 to Jul 19, 2019
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2019
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - LILEC
Mobility abroad
Yes (indicated in the PhD Programme Table)
Research topics

Curriculum 1: DESE - European Literatures 
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 typolologies, methodologies and cultural contexts in a strong international dimension thanks to agreements and conventions with foreign institutions. The theme for the 35th cycle of the PhD programme is "Literature and Music".

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

Curriculum 3: 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
Baiesi Serena Università di Bologna member
Gnocchi Maria Chiara Università di Bologna member
Maggi Eugenio Giovanni Edoardo Università di Bologna member
Prandoni Marco Università di Bologna member
Soncini Anna Università di Bologna member
Golinelli Gilberta Università di Bologna substitute
Nannoni Catia Università di Bologna substitute
Scrolavezza Paola Università di Bologna substitute
Learning outcomes
Internationality, interdisciplinarity, transculturality, cultural and linguistic DIversity, Inclusion, Citizenship and gender studies are the key words of the PhD. Hence, specific in-depth studies are provided in the following curricula: 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; EDGES – gender and women’s studies, literature as setting for the production, circulation and stabilization of gender equality cultures; World Literature and postcolonial studies, transversal theoretical approaches in disciplinary and methodologic fields such as postcolonial studies, transmedia studies, border studies, migratory phenomena genres, themes and aesthetic reflections on modern and contemporary literature, including their comparative intersections.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Each curriculum has its own specific activities.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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). A Joint DOctorat between Utrecht University (NL) and Bologna University (department LILEC) is being ratified :
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 University/Institution Qualification
ASCARI MAURIZIO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
BAIESI SERENA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BALLETTA EDOARDO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BERTONI ALBERTO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CECCHERELLI ANDREA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CONCONI BRUNA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
CONTADINI LUIGI Università di Bologna Professore Associato
DALLAPIAZZA MICHAEL GOTTLIEB Università di Bologna Professore Associato
ELAM KEIR DOUGLAS Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
FUSARI SABRINA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GNOCCHI MARIA CHIARA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GOLINELLI GILBERTA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
IMPOSTI GABRIELLA ELINA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
LAMBERTI ELENA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MAGGI EUGENIO GIOVANNI EDOARDO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MONTICELLI RITA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
NANNONI CATIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
NIERO ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
PRANDONI MARCO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
PRESOTTO MARCO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
RODRIGO MORA MARIA JOSE' Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SCATASTA GINO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SCROLAVEZZA PAOLA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SONCINI ANNA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario