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... to the Giessen Graduate Centre for Humanities!



The Giessen Graduate Centre for Humanities is a pivotal part of Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) founded with the goal of improving the education of doctoral researchers in the area of cultural studies.

The GGK assists doctoral researchers enrolled in JLU's three areas of cultural studies specialization (Social Sciences and Cultural Studies; History and Cultural Studies; Language, Literature, Culture) by organising relevant events and by supporting the concrete projects within the framework of the thematically organized sections and working groups.

About the GGK

The GGK was first founded as a formalized doctoral programme in 2001. What sets it apart from more traditional courses of study is that it belies the stereotype of a lone student scribbling away in solitude; instead, doctoral candidates in the GGK programme become part of an active community of scholars from the outset. Today, there are more than 400 doctoral researchers in Faculties 03, 04, and 05. A doctorate at the GGK is built upon three foundational 'pillars':

  1. A research specialization that ultimately, after three to five years of study, leads to the conferring of a doctoral degree,
  2. A comprehensive, voluntary instructional programme to accompany the dissertation phase,
  3. Your participation with other young researchers in a collaborative group – these are called sections or working groups (AGs). These groups provide a space free from hierarchy where doctoral candidates have an opportunity to introduce their degree projects, arrange speaking engagements with researchers from other institutions, or organize conferences.

Become a Member: You don't have to complete an application to become a member of the GGK. As soon as you've enrolled in a doctoral programme at JLU in faculties 03-05, you're automatically a member! To sign up for user access and take advantage of all the GGK has to offer, attend a PhD consultation hour or contact .