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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - EDP III


Research Profile




Research Profile

EDPIII is an advanced international study programme for doctoral research and training in the social sciences. It is the third curriculum of the Europan Doctoral Programme set up and launched together by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Florence, the Central European University in Budapest, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (both Paris) in 2010 and aiming at the establishment of a European doctoral school and a European doctoral degree. EDPIII explores the question of how the political, economic and cultural construction of “Europe” has been shaped by and has shaped its global context.

EDPIII is run by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) as Humboldt’s doctoral school for the social sciences, the PhD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (sede di Firenze) and the Central European University’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations (CEU). Associated members of the EDPIII consortium are the Middle-Eastern Technical University in Ankara, the University of Haifa and the Université de Tunis El-Manar.

The curriculum for the Joint PhD foresees the fellows to work in at least two different countries by following courses on theory, methodology and research design in the full partner schools, while joint seminars and mobility periods between the sites bring the fellows together and give them the opportunity to exchange and debate. Courses taught by experienced and expert staff in all sites will offer fellows an unequalled opportunity to develop a reflexive view on Europe.

Thematically, EDPIII focuses on the processes of inclusion and exclusion in Europe and on its borders. By relating them to on-going processes of democratic institution building, which are mediated by cultural traditions and ideologies and triggered by collective action and mobilization, EDPIII provides a particular competence to understand the dynamics of processes which situate Europe in the world.

Special attention is given to the Eastern and Southern context of Europe, thus focusing the eye on issues that have received lesser attention in ongoing research and doctoral training. By identifying the interaction between Europe and its South via the Mediterranean basin and the interaction with its East, thus making Turkey and Israel mediating links between Europe and its Eastern and Southern context, we intend to rectify the predominance of the Western eye on Europe not only empirically, but also in terms of conceptual and explanatory work.

EDP will crosscut political science and sociology and by doing so, draw on the particular strength of each partner to train doctoral fellows: while Florence will focus on courses in political science and democracy studies, Budapest will offer teaching on political economy and political transformation and Berlin on cultural sociology and civil society. The associated partners will offer first-hand teaching and analysis on Europe’s neighbours’ views on Europe. This unique trademark of the consortium will provide its fellows with a set of conceptual tools and methods that enable them to analyse the identity and the state of Europe equally from within as from without. This switching of perspectives upon Europe requires particular competences that go beyond the classic comparative perspective which is practiced in the social and political sciences.

This aim is supported in particular by the associated partners living at the crossroads of traditions separating Europe form the world. These complementarities underly our claim to form a cosmopolitan elite able to look at Europe form varying perspectives, which is our contribution to learn living with diversity as an academic and professional.



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