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Critical and Cultural Theory

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Critical and Cultural Theory is an interdisciplinary research environment that focuses on a critically motivated study of cultural artefacts and practices.

Works of art, literary and philosophical texts, media technologies, and social and political practices are the focus of research. The researchers are united by the conviction that critically informed humanities are vital for the self-understanding and scrutiny needed to address the questions of the future in contemporary society. Through its close collaboration with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, themes related to this geographical area constitute an important profile area.

About the area

Critical and Cultural Theory can award doctoral (third-cycle) degrees in seven disciplines: Aesthetics, Art History, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Philosophy, and the Theory of Practical Knowledge.

There are many research projects associated with the research area. For more details see Projects in the right menu.

Call for applications for doctoral studentships

Next call for applications in Critical and Cultural Theory, affiliated with the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS), will be between 21 January and 18 February 2019. Five doctoral studentships will be announced in the following subjects: the theory of practical knowledge, gender studies, art history, media and communication studies and comparative literature.

For more details and to apply, see Vacant positions or "Lediga jobb" from 21 January 2019.
Last day to apply: 18 February 2019. The decisions on admissions will be made in the beginning of May 2019.

Please visit Doctoral Studies in the menu above to see the entry requirements in the general syllabus for each subject. 


Marta Edling, Chairperson, Critical and Cultural Theory, +46 (0)8 608 5141

Cecilia Sjöholm, Director of Studies, Aesthetics, +46 (0)8 608 4453

Katarina Wadstein MacLeod, Director of Studies, Art History, +46 (0)8 608 4849

Christina Svens, Director of Studies, Comparative Literature, +46 (0)8-608 4962

Katarina Mattsson, Director of Studies, Gender Studies, +46 (0)8 608 4670

Stina Bengtsson, Director of Studies, Media and Communication Studies, +46 (0)8 608 4359

Ulrika Björk, Director of Studies, Philosophy, +46 (0)8 608 4634

Jonna Bornemark, Director of Studies, The Theory of Practical Knowledge, +46 (0)8-608 4528