PhD programmes

Current year courses

Ph.D. programme in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
The Ph.D. programme in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics aims to promote high-level academic education based on the integration of linguistic, literary and cultural studies in order to build critical awareness of the multicultural and multilingual reality of Europe and of the world, as well as the ability to act upon such reality. Ph.D. students will acquire the methodological and theoretical tools they need for their own research, which will be conducted in various cultural and professional fields relating to European and Extra-European linguistic, literary and cultural studies. The Ph.D. programme is subdivided into three tracks/“curricula”.
 
In the first curriculum, Foreign Literatures and Cultures, the contributions of literary theory will enhance an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, providing the necessary tools for a constant update of aesthetic and historical interrelations and fostering a close investigation into the relationship between literary text and context, and between literary works and relative knowledge.
 
In the second curriculum, Foreign Languages and Translation Studies, the different languages in the programme (English, German, Spanish, French and Russian) will be analysed with specific reference to their diachronic, diastratic, diatopic and diaphasic variations. Particular attention will be devoted to terminology, lexicology and lexicography, as well as to comparative translation studies, combining different methodologies for the analysis of texts, including the use of linguistic corpora. 
 
Finally, the international curriculum in Linguistics will provide high-level education in the different areas of linguistics, as well as specific formation in fields such as the study of Germanic-Romance language contact, language pathologies, first and second language acquisition/learning, historical linguistics and Indo-European comparative linguistics. It will offer training in traditional methodologies (such as dialectology studies), laboratory research (such as acoustic analyses of audio data) and experimental studies (both with behavioral techniques, e.g., priming and eye-tracking, and neurophysiological techniques, e.g., EEG).
 
 
 

Courses not currently running

PhD in English Studies (last cycle activated in 2013) Course partially running (all years except the first)
The PhD in English Studies at the PhD School in Humanities is based on connected scientific-regulations sectors that have common references to the Englishes and culture of the United Kingdom, United States and other Anglophone countries. It focuses on investigating the fundamental aspects of communications in its linguistic, cultural and literary spheres, with a special homogeneity given by the affinity in the topics and methods used by the teachers and researchers involved. The training for the students aims at specifying, in the three-year period, research aims and methods in the three fields mentioned above, linguistic-theoretical method formulation, including the wide field that these studies into global English have fallen in. While the student is carrying out an in depth study of theory, semantics and psycholinguistics, he or she will also be involved in application type research workshops, with special focus on problems involved with specialised teaching and learning of the English language in the various European, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and other anglophone varieties in Africa and Asia. Students will progressively acquire a certain scientific method with regards the theory and translation practices, along with the linguistic-cultural mediation given by the constantly increasing impact of English as lingua franc or L2; acquiring a flexible and increasingly sophisticated research method addressed to type investigation of the single, albeit connected, cultures in the English language world; identifying the specific nature of its literature and light literature in a diachronic and synchronic key; towards a pondered review of the theory-practice of the genres, including in their metaliterature and post-modern production; towards a more in-depth study of the interaction of cultural phenomena (literature and theatre, cinema, TV, science, philosphy, figurative arts, music, fashion and custom, folklore) constantly and critically exploiting the indispensible contribution of the knowledge given by the theories of Anglo-American literature.
PhD in Foreign Literatures and Literary Studies (last cyle activated in 2013) Course partially running (all years except the first)
This PhD programme is intended for graduate students wishing to deepen their understanding of modern literature, philology, and other literary disciplines, working with a markedly comparative and interdisciplinary method. The aim of the course is to build on basic knowledge within these disciplines and to acquire the methodology, and the theoretical and applicative skills which are necessary for doing advanced research in the literary field, so as to use them also in teaching and professional areas.
PhD in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Course partially running (all years except the first)
In the wake of the most recent trends in theoretical and methodological approaches, the PhD in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures aims to promote the integration of linguistic, literary and cultural studies in order to build critical awareness of the multicultural and multilingual reality of Europe and of the world, as well as the ability to act upon such reality. This PhD programme is designed so that students can acquire theoretical, methodological and applied competence in the single fields of the PhD programme. Specifically, PhD students will acquire methodological and theoretical tools suitable for their own research, to be conducted in various cultural and professional fields relating to both European and non-European linguistic, literary and cultural studies. Critical theory contributions will enhance an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach while providing the necessary tools for a constant update of aesthetic and historical interrelations. Hence, the PhD programme will foster a closer investigation into the relationship between text – both literary and non-literary – and context, and between literary and non-literary works and their relative linguistic knowledge. This approach makes the PhD programme in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures the ideal setting for different languages and cultures to meet and interrelate. Frontier cultures will be given proper recognition. The different languages in the programme (English, German, Spanish, French and Russian) will be analysed both synchronically and diachronically, with a special focus on their variations and varieties. The wide range of research opportunities and methodologies will foster the acquisition of knowledge and skills to be exploited in national and international settings at a highly scientific as well as professional level in the fields of media, literary translation studies and cultural mediation, and also in foundations, archives, libraries and public institutions.
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