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Research Training Programme

The PhDnet’s curriculum consists of modules which reflect the four research areas and enable doctoral researchers to systematically broaden and deepen their knowledge in cultural and literary studies, as well as their methodological repertoire, a process which is at the core of the active international discourse and exchange between the PhDnet’s researchers. The following elements constitute the PhDnet’s curriculum:

Core Courses

To provide the optimum accompaniment to a PhD work, the core course is subdivided into two modules. The basic module provides practical help with all organisational and structural problems pertaining to doctoral research. The subject-related module covers methodology, theory and key skills relevant to the respective disciplines. The aim is to teach the fundamentals of the philosophy of science, project planning, applying for grants and fellowships, and designing research projects, as well as to help you, in planning your dissertation project, to recognise potential problems early and solve them.

European Doctoral Symposium Literary and Cultural Studies

These international symposia take place twice a year, alternating between Giessen, the Finnish Graduate School, and the universities of Stockholm, Bergamo, Lisbon and Graz. At these symposia, doctoral researchers present and discuss their projects with their supervisors and fellow doctoral researchers from similar research areas. Along with the international conferences, which, too, are funded through PhDnet, these events can be employed to create synergy effects across national boundaries and inform young scholars of research and funding opportunities at German Higher Education institutes.

International Conferences

During the cycles of the PhDnet, international conferences are organised at some of the partner institutions. These conferences’ thematic foci are based on the participants’ research profiles as well as on the PhDnet modules. These conferences offer participants the opportunity to present a paper and to further their networks.

Workshops and Master Classes

In order to support the doctoral researchers’ academic integration outside of the four institutions involved, visiting researchers whose research is relevant to the participants’ projects are invited to give lectures, master classes or workshops within the PhDnet. These events are again designed in line with PhDnet modules or touch upon issues dealt with in various modules.

Junior research groups

Junior research groups foster scientific discourse between doctoral researchers. These research groups are aligned to student projects and open up a platform for international and interdisciplinary discussions. Junior research groups are constituted by PhDnet members as well as further qualified (junior) scholars from the partner institutions and tie in with IPP modules and GCSC research areas. Meetings of the junior research groups will take place at the jointly organised symposia and conferences described above.