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Critical European Culture Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Two PhD Stipe

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    PhD Program in Critical European Culture Studies

    The University of Pittsburgh is seeking two students for graduate positions in the program in Critical European Culture Studies. This elite program offers a unique opportunity to study the cultural questions of Europeanization in an interdisciplinary setting. It prepares students for a broad profile of academic and non-academic careers.

    This program fosters a selective, rigorous, and forward-thinking investigation of the various languages, literatures, and cultures of Europe with a foundational focus on the idea of Europe. CECS does not approach Europe as a given place but as a contested space, a debated term. In taking on a critical perspective on the various meanings of Europe, it offers insights into new possibilities of cultural organization. In CECS, the cohesion of a singular European culture is not assumed; rather the program analyzes how the designation Europe determines multiple forms of group cohesion and artistic production.

    This program is an outgrowth of Pitt’s position at the forefront of European Studies. Home to the first University Center for International Studies (1969), the Council for European Studies was founded at Pitt in 1970. Pitt’s European Studies Center was founded in 1984 and first was designated a European Union Center of Excellence in 1998. It has maintained this status since. With the new graduate program focused on European Culture, Pitt continues to be a leader in developing approaches to European and Area Studies. We incorporated innovations in graduate education in the humanities, addressing the breadth of career opportunities for 21st century humanities graduate students.

    Successful candidates will receive close mentoring and substantial financial support to pursue their research questions. Graduate stipends are highly competitive and students will have support for summer research. They will also receive pedagogical experience. And they will have the opportunity to develop applied experience in cultural institutions.

    The University of Pittsburgh is home to one of the first European Studies Centers. It is set in the urban heart of the thriving city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Open to promising students who will have an MA by the time of enrollment, the program is now accepting applications. More information, including application information to the program, is available at:

    For further questions, please contact

    Randall Halle
    Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies

    Director, Critical European Culture Studies Program
    1525 Cathedral of Learning
    Kenneth P Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    Tel 412.648.2614
    Fax 412.624.6318

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