PhD program in Sciences of the Literary and Musical Text

The institution

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Today almost 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our University. Pavia, as a city-campus, offers students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 University colleges. Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants located 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.

The program

The PhD program “Sciences of the Literary and Musical Text” draws together and refines the long-established experiences of three distinct PhDs: in Modern Philology, in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, and in Musicology. Rooted in a shared philological methodology, this PhD program aims to promote historical and theoretical research in literary studies from the ancient classics to the present, and in musicology. Its wide cultural scope offers the opportunity to create both interdisciplinary and comparative projects, which can take the form both of shared didactic activities (cycles of seminars and lectures), and of interdisciplinary dissertations, which can be supervised collaboratively by lecturers of different curricula.

The primary objective of this PhD program is to prepare scholars able to combine philological rigour, analytical skills and attention to textual materiality and wording. Scholars will acquire and develop a historic and systemic awareness as well as wide-ranging interpretative abilities, which will enable them to tackle different research themes and highly qualified professional environments.

Coordinator: Prof. Mirko Volpi

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