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CfA: Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies

Mar 05, 2019

The Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies, which was established between the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2018, welcomes applications for doctoral fellowships again.

The programme was established in 2018, and five students enrolled in the winter semester 2018/2019. This year again, funding is possible for up to three years, with scholarships of up to 1200€ per month. The program requires a stay of 6–12 months at the partner university. Doctoral students will be supervised by professors from both universities.

Proposals are welcome from the humanities and social sciences that address connections in the North-African and Eurasian area by taking a transcultural approach. The topic may be studied from a diachronic or a synchronic perspective and should transcend the specific limitations imposed by more recent national and cultural boundaries and the institutions that reproduce them. Research objectives may cover topics such as alternative visions of cohesion and transnational governance, multinational cooperation and its impact on collective identities, cross-cultural contacts and communication, cultural activities and attitudes, social engagement, narratives and representations, the changing senses of aesthetics, and how these activities and attitudes challenge, disrupt, or alter existing institutions, attitudes and practices.

Prospective applicants must hold an above-average MA (or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences and prove advanced skills in English (at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Furthermore, they must indicate a supervisor from Heidelberg University and Ca’ Foscari University, respectively, who would be fitting advisors to their doctoral project.


The deadline for applications is April 10, 2019, by 1 pm.

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