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Partners & Networks

The GGK/GCSC takes part in various multilateral networks that provide PhD students with further possibilities to participate in academic events such as summer schools and international conferences. These networks offer a great variety of different forums for presenting work in progress and receiving feedback from international scholars.



The GCSC is institutional member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). From 2014-2016 the GCSC was one of the participating institutions in the pilot project Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training (IGHERT), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project brought together doctoral students and faculty from UC Santa Cruz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Australian National University as well as JLU Giessen."

Contact: Michael Basseler


Bilateral Cooperations

JLU Giessen and the GCSC are involved in numerous formal cooperations with universities and institutions worldwide. Activities in the context of such bilateral cooperations include jointly organised conferences, symposia, and workshops, the exchange of doctoral researchers and senior scholars, as well as cotutelle degrees and binational PhD-supervision agreements.

Contact: Deborah de Muijnck


European University Association Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE)

Since 2010, JLU is an active member of EUA-CDE, giving the GCSC and JLU's other graduate centres the opportunity to contribute their expertise on a European level for the advancement of doctoral education.

For more information visit the EUA-CDE website



The PhDnet Literary and Cultural Studies offers a truly European doctoral programme. Scholars benefit from a tight network of jointly organised symposia, conferences, and master classes. Multi-dimensional international supervision ensures the highest academic standard.



Lisbon Consortium

PhD Program in Culture Studies

University of Bergamo

Doctorate School Transculturl Studies in the Humanities

University of Stockholm

Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German

University of Helsinki

Finnish Graduate School for Literary Studies - Program for Philosophy, Arts, and Society

University of Graz

Doctoral programme "Culture – Text – Act(ion)"

University of Warwick

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Contact: Deborah de Muijnck (PhDnet coordinator), Anna Klishevich (PhDnet assistant)


ESSCS Network


The European Summer School in Cultural Studies (ESSCS) is a network-based seminar for interdisciplinary research training in the fields of art and culture, organised by the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies, the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of Giessen, and the University of Oslo. The summer school sessions are hosted alternately by the partner institutions.



Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA)

Faculty of Humanities

Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies, Literature and Arts


Norwegian Doctoral School in Cultural Studies (Oslo, Trondheim)

Department of Comparative Literature

Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon) PhD Program in Culture Studies
University of Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities

University of Copenhagen

Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis

École Doctorale Esthétique, Sciences et Technologies des Arts

Oslo University/The Norwegian University of Technology and Science  


HERMES Network


HERMES is a European network of scholars working in the field of Literary, Aesthetic and Cultural Studies. The network is particularly dedicated to offering a research oriented intellectual community where PhD students and senior staff members from all over Europe can engage in debates on currents issues in their particular fields. HERMES therefore organises symposia and seminars where senior and junior scholars meet in order to exchange ideas on current research and to plan new projects.

Contact: Jens Kugele


University Institute
Aarhus University Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature

Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies (OSL): Leiden Univ., Maastricht Univ., Nijmegen Univ., Tilburg Univ., Utrecht Univ., Vrije Univ. Amsterdam

Onderzoek School Literatuurwetenschap

Leuven University

Faculteit Letteren

Universidade de Lisboa

Departamento de Literaturas Romanicas, Faculdade de Letras

University College London

Department of French

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Facultade de Filoloxia

Stanford University

Comparative Literature Faculty

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Finnish Graduate School for Literary Studies (Univ. of Helsinki, Univ. of Turku, Univ. of Joensuu, Univ. of Jyväskylä, Univ. of Oulu, Univ. of Tampere, Abo Akademi Univ.)


University of Prague

Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures

Charles University Prague Department of Czech Literature