Doctoral Programme in History and Civilization

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PhD in History and Civilization

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive four-year PhD programme of transnational and comparative European history. Transcending national paradigms we study the construction of Europe's boundaries; the interlinking of European societies since the Renaissance; the cultural legacies that have shaped contemporary Europe; the place of Europe in the world through the study of empires, global processes and institutions. This variety of research approaches and a multicultural faculty make for a vibrant and international academic community.

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Structure of Doctoral Programme in History and Civilization

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history supported by a uniquely international and multicultural faculty. Study and research activities are structured in a four-year Ph.D. programme, which is one of the largest in Europe. The HEC faculty provides guidance in research methods and advises researchers on the preparation of their dissertations. Teaching is in English but we encourage the maintenance and promotion of linguistic diversity in all our activities.

It is a structured four-year doctoral programme based on a combination of course-work and intense research activity. In the first year doctoral researchers study historiographical and methodological issues and focus on the in-depth exploration of selected central themes of European history. In the second, third and fourth years, researchers pursue their individual research, and are invited to present the results of their work in seminars and workshops. Each researcher is followed by a supervisor who is responsible for advising on research, career development and other matters. Funding is provided for doctoral researchers to go on a research mission twice a year to work in archives and libraries. Researchers may also receive financial support to present their work-in-progress at international conferences.

The teaching programme includes Departmental Seminars, Research Seminars, Training Seminars and other academic activities of the Department (conferences, workshops, lectures, courses on digital tools for academic research). Professors direct specialized seminars, tailored to the needs of researchers.

Research at the Institute is supported by a first class library where a team of experienced librarians and IT specialists is in charge of a large collection of books, journals and digital resources. The Department provides training in research skills, IC&T and multimedia skills and encourages researchers and fellows to make use of the Language Centre.

The Department participates in several exchange programmes with European and American universities. Researchers are encouraged to go on one of these exchanges, if necessary for their research project, in their second or third year.

More than 500 PhD have been awarded by the Department of History and Civilization. Our graduates are internationally competitive and win post-doctoral fellowship and academic appointments. EUI organizes a variety of courses and activities to help doctoral and post-doctoral researcher in the transition to the labour market. The programme is designed for researchers pursuing an academic career but also offers activities for those who wish to be successful in non-academic professions.

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Research Themes

15th- 21st centuries:

  • · The Shaping of Modern Europe
  • · Intellectual History and History of Science
  • · Power, Society, Ideology
  • · Imperial, Colonial and Global History

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Faculty

Youssef Cassis,  Professor of Economic History: Economic History; business history; financial history; and European comparative history.
Laura L. Downs, Professor of Gender History (ca. 1789 to the present): Modern European social and cultural history, with a focus on France and Britain; European gender history; comparative labour history; childhood and the family; history and social theory; comparative history of social protection.
Alexander Etkind, Mikhail M. Bakhtin Chair in Russia-Europe Relations:  European intellectual history since the Enlightenment; Russia and the world; European cultural history; memory studies; natural resources and the history of political economy; empires and colonies in Europe.
Jorge Flores, Vasco da Gama Chair in History of European Colonial and Post-Colonial Systems: History of the Portuguese Empire during the early modern period, particularly the interaction between the Portuguese society and extra-European cultures, as well as the formation of cross-cultural images and representations. European expansion in Asia 1500-1800 (especially South Asia).
Regina Grafe, Professor of Early Modern History of Europe: Early modern history of the Hispanic World, global economic and social history, the history of state and empire-building, colonial governance, comparative history of private and public commercial institutions and legal norms.
Pieter M. Judson, 19th and 20th Century History: History of Central, Eastern, and South-eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; culture, society, and politics in the Habsburg Monarchy; nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany; comparative empire; the First World War; European fascism; nationalism, ethnic cleansing, and European borderlands; histories of sexuality and gender.
Pavel Kolár,  Professor of Comparative and Transnational History of 19th-20th century Europe (Central, Eastern, South Eastern Europe): Germany, Central and Eastern Europe; social and cultural history of power and domination; everyday and social history of state socialism; physical violence; history of universities; historiography, remembrance, narration.
Luca Molà  , Professor of Early Modern Europe: History of the Renaissance and the Mediterranean in a World Perspective: History of the Italian Renaissance; Economic and social history of Europe in the early modern period – particularly trading communities and commerce, artisans and industrial production, and the culture of technological change – and in the first age of globalisation.
Dirk Moses, Professor of Global and Colonial History (19th-20th centuries): Global, transnational, international, and colonial history, genocide and ethnic cleansing, memory studies, intellectual history, modern Germany.
Lucy Riall, Professor of Comparative History of Europe (19th to 20th centuries): The social, cultural and political history of modern Italy; the history of nationalism; the modern history of the Mediterranean and Mediterranean Empires; the study of memory; comparative history.
Federico Romero, Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration: 20th century international and transnational history, European integration, Cold War, Trans-Atlantic relations, US history, Migrations.
Ann Thomson, Professor of European Intellectual History: Intellectual history, the circulation of ideas and information, book history, translation history, cultural transfers; religion and science; early anthropology and European representations of the other; Europe and the Islamic world; particular interest in the long 18th Century. 
Stéphane Van Damme, Professor of History of Science: Early modern history of European science with a special interest in “science and city”, and "Environmental history"; Urban history with a special interest in global cities; Cultural history, with a special interest in the history of the book, history of education and Enlightenment; historiography and the historiography of science.

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Alumni

Since 1976, more than 500 PhDs have been awarded by the Department of History and Civilization. Our graduates are internationally competitive and win postdoctoral fellowships and appointments in both universities and other sectors

 

 

The History Department at the EUI is a wonderfully diverse and stimulating community. Diversity here means not only many tongues and many nationalities, but many traditions, practices and concepts of history. It is a place full of opportunities for the open-minded

Serena Ferente, Lecturer in Medieval European History, King's College London

 

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Jacob Burckhardt fellowship in History and Civilization

Applicants from states that do not offer regular PhD grants for 2014 can apply for a Jacob Burckhardt fellowship in History and Civilization. This fellowship will be offered to the best candidate and will be granted for four years, under the conditions mentioned in the grant information page. The fellowship is available for applicants who are nationals of a non-EU member state for whom national grants are not available, or for applicants from EU member states that currently do not offer national grants (Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Slovakia). Those wishing to apply for the fellowship should choose “Candidates from other countries” in the Grant authority section of the online application form and indicate their interest for this fellowship in the “Additional notes” in the same form.

Page last updated on 22 September 2014