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Art, Literature and Cultural Studies

The programme:

The programme covers all kinds of scientific studies of the arts in the broadest sense: i.e. visual art and culture, including more recent media such as film, video and computer; theatre, including performance and dance; music, from classical music to modern rhythmic music; and literature, from national and area-defined contexts to world literature. The programme also welcomes museological studies, trans- and intermedial studies, art and aesthetic theory, as well as more general studies in culture’s history and theory, including ”Cultural Studies” and neuro-aesthetic approaches. There are no chronological or theoretical barriers for the programme, which includes historical, contemporary and trans-historical projects. Likewise, the programme encourages both projects from singular disciplines and projects aiming at bridging different disciplines.

Affiliated centers and departments:

The programme is embedded within the School of Communication and Culture and is affiliated with the aesthetic disciplines Art History, Theatre Studies, Music Studies, Literature History, Aesthetics and Culture as well as Nordic and Roman languages, English and German. The programme is furthermore affiliated with the Centre for Museology.

Examples of employment after graduation:

Director of the playwright education at Aarhus Theatre.
Teacher at Aarhus University.

Geographic location:

The programme has its own home, ”Forskerhuset”, at Langelandsgade 139, Bld. 1586. This recently constructed building houses a lively environment with dedicated PhD students, and includes a seminar room and a kitchen.

National cooperation:

The programme is part of a national PhD programme network in Arts and Litterature:

Furthermore the programme collaborates with ARoS, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art and Ordrupgaard.

International cooperation:

The programme participates in the literature network HERMES, an international collaboration between eight European and two American universities. It has an annual meeting with around 30 PhD students and invited keynote speakers.

Approx. number of PhD students:


Assessment committee for applications:

Please find the members of the assessment committee under the relevant PhD programme.