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PhD Program in Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication 2019, Germany


February 15, 2019

Opportunity Cover Image - PhD Program in Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication 2019, Germany

PhD positions in the DFG Graduate School "Aesthetic Practice"

Time Span - as soon as possible for 1 month

Financing - yes

Type of Position - PhD - Doctoral Programme

Field of Research - Language and Cultural Studies, Arts, Music, Sport

Subjects -  Cultural Studies & Aesthetic Communication


As an endowed institution, we are independently responsible for the shaping of our university within the framework of the constitution and the law, which is assured through the continuing development of a modern university management.

As of 01.04.2019, within the framework of the newly approved DFG “Aesthetic Practice” Graduate School (2477) at the Department of Cultural Studies & Aesthetic Communication, the following 9 doctoral positions are to be filled for a maximum period of three years:

Research assistant (TV-L E 13, 65%)

The college examines aesthetic practice as a sui generis phenomenon. In so doing, we are adding a practice-theoretical component to the concerns of traditional European aesthetics. At the center of attention are aesthetic forms of producing and performing, such as writing procedures, rehearsal methods, and forms of practicing and improvising, which may or may not enter into the creation of finished works of art. We investigate these processes both in the context of classical European art institutions as well as in everyday and non-European aesthetic practices.

The research of the college focuses on three central areas: 1) the cultural and scientific analysis of such diverse arts as theater, performance, fine arts, literature and music, both in their own right and in the context of popular culture; 2) the study of non-European, in particular East Asian, aesthetic practices such as the Japanese Nō theater, art of calligraphy or tea ceremony, which lend to the study of aesthetics and artistic disciplines an intercultural and postcolonial perspective; 3) the elaboration of a philosophically and sociologically based theory of practice that enables the intersection between artistic and non-artistic practices to be illuminated.

Doctorates are available at the Department of Cultural Studies & Aesthetic Communication in the areas of Philosophy, Art History, Literature, Theater Studies, Musicology and Cultural Studies; and at the Department of Education & Social Sciences in the area of Sociology.

The college is designed as a structured graduate education program for German and international graduates, who distinguish themselves in the selection process by their professional profile and an outstanding interdisciplinary research concept that is feasible within the time frame of the position. 

The Graduate School is funded by the DFG with federal and state funding.

Application documents:

• Certifications of academic degrees (in certified translation)

• CV with a detailed description of the scientific career

• Letter of motivation, which indicates the personal and professional suitability for the research program 

• Letter of recommendation of a university teacher

• Abstract of the PhD-project (exposé) of max. ten pages

• For applicants from foreign universities a proof of German language proficiency level DSH1 / TestDaF 3 or equivalent.

Required Documents

  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Research Proposal
  • Others : Letter of recommendation of a university teacher; Certificate of German language DSH1, Test DaF 3

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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Publish Date
January 23, 2019


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