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Critical and Cultural Theory

Critical and Cultural Theory is a research area, and an area for doctoral education, that is dedicated to the critically motivated study of cultural artefacts and practices.

Artworks, literary and philosophical texts, media technologies and social and political practices are at the heart of research. Researchers in this area are united by a shared concept: the idea that the humanities are the place in which human society examines and gains awareness of itself. One important profile area comprises critical and cultural studies related to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, thanks to close cooperation with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University.

Seven subjects currently have degree-awarding powers at doctoral level in this area: The Theory of Practical Knowledge, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature and Media and Communication Studies. The area has a common theoretical platform which includes Modern Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Gender Theory and Postcolonial Studies. The subjects have a well-developed cooperation, with transdisciplinary research projects, joint doctoral courses, seminars and a variety of events.

Doctoral studentships are normally advertised at the beginning of the calendar year. Current positions are advertised on the university’s Vacant Positions page. The next round of applications for all subjects in the research area of Critical and Cultural Theory will open on 10 January 2023. Another three positions will be advertised in Gender Studies in February

Many current research projects at the university are associated with the area of Critical and Cultural Theory. For more information, please visit Projects and publications.

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20-12-2022