Joint university PhD programmes

Current year courses

Interuniversity PhD in Art History
In conjunction with Ca' Foscari University and IUAV University of Venice.

Coordinator

Prof. Giuseppe Barbieri (figaro@unive.it) - Ca' Foscari University, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage

Educational objectives

This PhD programme intends to provide a suitable academic and professional qualification within the European context in the field of art history in all its forms, with special attention to developing artistic heritage – cultural, local and environmental.
It aims to train researchers to be competitive in the modern world of art, in which there are no longer traditional differences between major and minor art, and signs of visual art and architecture are inextricably linked to performing arts, music, modern media and museological theories and practices.

Research themes
  • History and analysis of architecture and its urban context, focusing on economic, constructive and configurational events, as well as intended use;
  • Tthe system of arts, collections, exhibitions and museology in ancient, medieval and contemporary times;
  • Cultural and environmental historical heritage – documentary, iconographic and multimedia aspects, analysis of materials and artifacts;
  • History and analysis of artefacts relating to music, theatre and filmi;
  • Multimedia for developing the artistic heritage of a land;
  • Contemporary opera nad performing arts and how practices, exhibitions and use of these have changed.
Professional profile

PhD graduates have an appreciable profile for an academic career (or for teaching in secondary schools), as well as for working in professional sectors related to university research and teaching, such as being a researcher or public servant in archives, libraries, museums, private research institutes, cultural foundations or institutions, national or international organisations, private companies or businesses, etc.
They are able to work in highly interdisciplinary professional contexts, having flexibility and skills related to cultural sensitivity and planning.

Interuniversity PhD in History, Geography and Anthropology
The School belongs to the Department of History, Geography and Ancient Studies and came to fruition from a collaboration between the University of Padua, Ca 'Foscari University of Venice and the University of Verona. The high level of education it provides young researchers is recognised both nationally and internationally. It offers main areas of study:
  • Social history of Europe and the Mediterranean at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Historical and historical-religious studies at the University of Padova
  • Human and physical geography at the Universtiy of Padova
  • History and Anthropology at the University of Verona
  • Economic history at the University of Verona
Within the School, there are historians, anthropologists, physical geographers and human geographers, thus creating an ideal environment for stimulating PhD candidates to learn methodologies and habits that will allow them to remain open-minded to the potential of cross links, whether amongst different humanities disciplines or between the humanities and hard sciences.

Candidates who pass the final exam will be awarded the title of Doctor of Research and will receive a certificate affirming their area of specialisation, the administrative headquarters, as well as the School of History, Geography and Anthropology (Ca’ Foscary University of Venice, University of Padova and University of Verona).

Study abroad opportunities
PhD candidates may undertake a study abroad period where they choose, either at one of the School’s existing partner universities or at different university with which the School could consider forging new links. It is advisable to develop a study abroad period under the Erasmus programme or with a thesis co-supervisor. The latter involves the PhD candidate conducting their thesis at the two partner sites for alternating periods under the supervision of two supervisors, one for each site. After passing one (single) final exam, they will be awarded with a certificate (double or joint) that shall be recognised in both countries.
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