Doctoral Programme of Cultural Sciences


The programme aims to deal with the social and cultural study of representational systems and symbolic mechanisms of modern and late modern societies. The curriculum has five thematic modules through which the programme approaches to the main dimensions of the cultural system and the cultural logic of modern societies.


The modules are the following: Cultural Theories of Modernism; Symbolic Mechanisms of the Organization of Society; Tradition, Heritage, Museum; Popular Culture and Cultural Globalization; Body and Gender Roles; Changes of Identities.


The doctoral programme is integrated into the Doctoral School of Literary Sciences, fitting into its curriculum and adopting its interdisciplinary perspectives. The head of the Doctoral School is Prof. Dr. Beáta Thomka.


The head of the doctoral programme is Miklós Hadas, habilitated professor. Professors working in the programme are from different departments of the Faculty of Humanities: Department of Communication, Department of Modern Literary History and Literary Theory, Department of Sociology. Some researchers are from different Hungarian and foreign universities (ELTE, BME, CEU and Treier), others work for research institutions (Research Group for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute of Ethnic and National Minorities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Museum of Ethnography) still having connections to the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Pécs.


The program puts emphasis on providing doctoral students with proper conditions for academic work and socialisation. Thereby, besides general studying and teaching practices, we encourage our students to organise conferences and exhibitions, to establish publication forums and professional networks.


We primarily expect students who - might as well arrive from the fields of literary sciences, cultural anthropology, sociology, philosophy, communication sciences or theory of art - are interested in the research methods and accomplishments of modern social and cultural sciences. Candidates might have graduated from any majors in social sciences and humanities. We expect students who are susceptible to new perspectives of literary and cultural sciences and mainly with the help of empirical research would like to learn more about the functioning and the cultural logic of modern and late modern societies.


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