Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ling and Literature, Interdisciplinary Research: PhD Student, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Institution/Organization: Freie Universität Berlin
Department: Cluster Languages of Emotion
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Ling & Literature
Interdisciplinary Research


Funded within the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation
(DFG), the Graduate School of the Cluster “Languages of Emotion” has as its
aim the supervision of exceptional dissertation projects pertinent to the
research of the Cluster. The graduate school offers intensive and individual
supervision of the thesis as well as a structured course of studies.
The research of the cluster is dedicated to the complex interrelations between
the use of signs/symbols, the transfer of emotions, aesthetic practices,
mental dispositions and affective modes of constructing both personal and
social identities the cluster. The graduate school focuses on the following
research areas:
- the relations between affective phenomena and various representational
media (language, sound, image);
- the artistic practices and poetics of (re)presenting/ shaping emotion;
- correlations between emotional and linguistic competencies (and their
- modes of emotion modelling at the level of cultural codes and patterns of
social behavior and identity.

Applicants interested in pursuing a doctorate with an emphasis in one of the
cluster´s research areas must have a completed degree (M.A. or the
equivalent) with above average marks by mid-April in one of the disciplines:
Anthropology, Biology, Dance Studies, Film Studies, Japanese Studies, History
of Art, Linguistics, Literary History and Criticism (Comparative Literature,
Classical Greek and Latin Studies, English and American Studies, German
Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Slavic Studies) Musicology, Near
Eastern Studies, Neuropsychiatry, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology,
Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater Studies.

The Graduate School will award 10 Scholarships per year. In the course of the selection process, the selection committee will decide upon these scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for three years; however, continuation of the degree course as well as the extension of the scholarship is subject to a favourable evaluation of the student’s progress at the end of each academic year.

Applications should be submitted by January 31st, 2010. The program of study will begin in October 2010.

All obligatory application materials - completed application form, statement of purpose (max. 3 pages), outline of dissertation project of 8-10 pages, overview of experiences and skills relevant to the chosen field of studies (table form), attested copies of earned degrees, proof of language skills (in case that these languages are not mother tongue: German level DSH2; TestDaF4/4; English level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equal) - as well as additional materials (2 letters of reference, writing sample) must be received at the address shown below.

Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2010

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr. Markus Edler
Freie Universität Berlin, Graduate School Languages of Emotion
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Berlin 14195

Contact Information:
Dr. Markus Edler

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