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Admission to the FCT-International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies 2016, see here intdcs-results


The Doctoral Program in Culture Studies is a four-year research program for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as professionals from the cultural sector, involved both in the cultural industries (museums, foundations, publishers) or the creative industries, who wish to advance their university education within a theoretically solid and groundbreaking framework.

The Doctoral Program in Culture Studies takes into direct consideration the ever-increasing value that the arts and culture represent to the understanding and the identity of nations and individuals, in an era marked by globalization and rapid cultural dissemination. The Program focuses on problem-oriented and practice-based research and provides broad ranging opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction through a significant range of disciplinary options from the fields of Cultural Studies, Contemporary Art, Performance Studies, Literature, Translation, Media and Visual Studies.

The Doctoral program intends to endow students with methodological tools for cultural analysis, challenging them to revise phenomena that are either “invisible” or undervalued by contemporary societies while encouraging a look into the humanist tradition to deepen the understanding about the discourses and creations that have molded cultural history. Consequently, it aims to promote original and internationally relevant research and to integrate doctoral students into multinational research teams. In addition, it will support knowledge transfer, urging students to take their work outside the seminar room and interact with professional realities other than academia.

The Program is entirely taught in English.


The International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies is a four-year and joint-degree program in Culture Studies, which comprises 6 full fellowships (3 national grants and 3 mixed grants) funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

As part of a tri-national network (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, University of Giessen and University of Copenhagen), students will benefit from up to two semesters at one of the partner institutions in order to conduct empirical or theoretical research. The stay abroad is part of the co-tutelle agreement and will also allow candidates to work with their second supervisor.


The Lisbon Consortium – Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Program Director: Isabel Capeloa Gil

Graduate Center for the Study of Culture – University of Giessen

Program Director: Ansgar Nünning

Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies – University of Copenhagen

Program Director: Frederik Tygstrup

External Advisory Board

Samuel Weber (The European Graduate School)

Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick)

Monika Schmitz-Emans (Ruhr-University Bochum)

The Program is entirely taught in English

Background – What is Culture Studies?

Culture Studies have come of age over the last two decades. Within the framework of the crisis in the humanities and the growing call for renewed arts-based forms of knowledge production, the study of culture has changed from being a frame for humanities’ disciplines into gaining prominence in its own right. Two developments triggered this change. On the one hand, the rise of cultural studies in the 1960’s drew attention to the social-political dimension of culture, to its ordinariness and the many ways in which power was blended into creation. On the other, over the course of the 1980’s a new metadiscipline Kulturwissenschaft (science of culture) drew on the interpretative skills of the humanities and the growing attention to forms of mediation in media studies to look at the multiple ways in which culture matters as driver of artistic creation and also address how societies represent themselves and view others, look at the past and prepare the future. Bringing together the sociological methodology that is proper to British cultural studies with the interpretative qualitative approach of Kulturwissenschaft, Culture Studies is by definition transdisciplinary. It has risen to become a problem-oriented metadiscipline, representing a new paradigm of integrated reflection on the artistic forms of expression of individuals and societies, across the visual arts, literature, cinema and the media.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM (PhD and International PhD)

Download the Handbook 2017-2018


Download here The Lisbon Consortium Brochure

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