PhD in History and Archaeology. Studies on Heritage, Memory and Cultures

Academic Year 2021-2022
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Andrea Augenti
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 6 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jul 05, 2021 to Jul 15, 2021
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2021
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of History and Cultures - DiSCi
Mobility abroad
6 months
Research topics
  • Genesis and development of settlements and cities
  • Dynamics of territories occupation and economic and cross-cultural interactions between different peoples
  • Conceptual frameworks: social complexity and ideologies (analysis of theological, philosophical, political, juridical aspects concerning institutions and mobility of social structures)
  • Symbolic relationship between memory objects
  • Philosophical texts, or schools of thought, which are relevant for intellectual history and intercultural dialogue
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Job prospects for PhD candidates relate primarily to the possibility of continuing research both in academia and in other structures in national and international scientific institutions; teaching in middle and high schools; jobs in archives, libraries, museums; collaboration in research projects promoted by private and public foundations; the possibility of employment with private companies in the field of communication, corporate cultural policy and human resources; the possibility of employment in private and public companies for the management, documentation and research of the archaeological cultural heritage (mainly thanks to excavation sites, reconnaissance, filing of materials related to projects promoted by Universities, supervised or contracted by Soprintendenze, government departments responsible for cultural heritage).
Admission Board

Surname Name University / Institution Role email
Curci Antonio Università di Bologna Member
Franceschi Zelda Alice Università di Bologna Member
Galetti Paola Università di Bologna Member
Gnoli Tommaso Università di Bologna Member
Lazzarini Isabella Università del Molise Member
Bencivenni Alice Università di Bologna Substitute
Govi Elisabetta Università di Bologna Substitute
Guerrini Maria Teresa Università di Bologna Substitute
Lazzari Tiziana Università di Bologna Substitute
Lepore Giuseppe Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The PhD programme has many research fields - anthropology, archaeology, politics, oriental studies, history and other intercultural connections - that cover a wide chronological length, extended from prehistory to modern times. They follow an interdisciplinary dimension and different methodologies, working together in a whole-crossing way. The PhD programme aims to form scholars able to play high qualified roles in universities, in scientific and cultural institutions, in the private firms, in preserving, safeguarding and promoting the territory and its historical-artistic heritage, both in public and private, by processing and interpreting historical sources, archaeological materials, sociological data, building databases, employing graphic instruments.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The activities carried out by candidates in the PhD programme in History and Archaeology are varied and diverse, as it is the academic environment in which they have to operate. Because of the long chronological period covered, society as a whole will be investigated through the most varied types of sources in its institutional, political, economic, social, geographical, religious, cultural and anthropological components. In this sense, bibliographical research will be flanked by excavation activities and on-site archaeological research which requires the acquisition and testing of practical skills, advanced research in archives, analysis of material sources, transcription and editing of unpublished documents, elaboration of interpretative models of data sources, and the use of cartographic and spatial analysis.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
- Attending general seminars
- Attending specific seminars
- Attending excavation campaigns on a national and international scale
- Training over computering, digitalizing, codex scanning, data implementing in complex servers, data processing, cartography processing, acquiring competence on preservation ways, safeguard and developing the territory and historical-artistic heritage
Internationalization features
The PhD programme promotes the international training of candidates, mainly through participation in international networks and scholarly publications of international impact. PhD candidates can take advantage of a minimum of 6 months additional funding for study abroad, and of many agreements with universities and research institutions, including collaborative research agreements and doctoral training agreements granting double degrees; they will be involved in international research networks of which members of the Academic Board are promoters or part of the boards, and will be able to acquire professional skills in international contexts through traineeships and participation in digital research networks. The PhD programme facilitates the participation of international candidates and international networking of candidates. The PhD programme is part of several governmental scholarship initiatives for applicants from specific countries (e.g. China, Brazil, Chile) and has strong relations with several European universities and research centres (e.g. Lyon, Paris Sorbonne, Rouen, Tours, Warwick, Warsaw) thanks to European fundings. In a similar way the active links with German universities (e.g. double degree Master programme with the Universities of Bielefeld and of Cologne), common research projects or doctoral projects under joint supervision (e.g. University of Münster, University of Heidelberg) offer established joint training paths. In addition, new projects promoted by the Department with several other universities may open dedicated opportunities for applicants of different countries, like Iraq. Lastly the high position of the University of Bologna in the PhD subject areas of Archaeology and History in QS World University Ranking (32nd place and 51-100nd place, respectively) will allow PhD applicants to benefit of International Scholarship programs where the position within the first 100 Universities in the world is a specific requirement.
Expected research results and products
The research activities of PhD candidates aim at the publication of monographs, articles, tools to support research, such as the creation of specific databases, websites, models of interpretation for data, and cartographic processing. PhD candidates are required to:
- offer a paper related to didactic activities such as a lecture or a public seminary (first year);
- to defend a first draft of their PhD thesis and to present a scientific paper in an internal seminar to be subjected to peer review process for publication (second year);
- to present a second proposal of an article or paper in a conference or other scientific products to be subjected to peer review process for publication, and to take the final exam (third year).
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
Augenti Andrea Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Baldini Isabella Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bencivenni Alice Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Casalena Maria Pia Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Cenerini Francesca Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Coralini Antonella Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Curci Antonio Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Franceschi Zelda Alice Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Giorgi Enrico Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Gnoli Tommaso Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Govi Elisabetta Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Guerrini Maria Teresa Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Gutierrez Emilio Martin Universidad de Cadiz Professore Associato
Harrison Timothy University of Toronto Professore Ordinario
Lazzari Tiziana Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Lazzarini Isabella Università degli Studi del Molise Professore Associato Confermato
Lepore Giuseppe Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maghenzani Simone University of Cambridge (UK) Professore Associato
Marzano Annalisa University of Reading (UK) Professore Ordinario
Marchetti Nicolo' Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Milani Giuliano Université de Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée (France) Professore Ordinario
Negruzzo Simona Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Pio Berardo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Pirillo Diego University of California (USA) Professore Associato
Reiter Fabian Lothar Walter Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Roversi Monaco Francesca Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Ruffing Kai Universität Kassel (Germany) Professore Ordinario
Terrenato Nicola University of Michigan (USA) Professore Ordinario
Villar Diego Pontificia Universidad Catolica-Buenos Aires (Argentina) Primo Ricercatore


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