Joint PhD opportunities

We are currently recruiting joint PhD candidates to join the Melbourne-Potsdam Minor Cosmopolitanisms International Research Training Group (IRTG).

Two fully funded PhD projects are now available. The successful applicants will commence research at the University of Melbourne and will spend at least twelve months of candidature based at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Joint PhD candidates will benefit from the collective resources, networks and expertise of co-supervisors at the University of Melbourne's School of Culture and Communications and the University of Potsdam's Minor Cosmopolitanisms Research Training Group. Funding for joint PhD candidates includes tuition fees, a full living allowance (stipend), health insurance and travel allowance. At the successful completion of the program, each candidate will be eligible to receive a PhD, recognised by testamurs from each of the two universities.

Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne is concerned with how across the globe today, cultural life is being transformed by three key developments: the intensified mobility of people and cultures in globalization; the impact of new media technologies in everyday life; and the far-reaching environmental aftermaths of industrial modernization. These developments produce a number of effects: the reconfiguration of older forms of collective social life into multiple, transnationally inter-connected publics; the transformation of ethnic, gendered, sexual and other identities in the context of cultural superdiversity; unprecedented levels of complexity in public cultures, in everyday life, and in workplaces; and the new cultural centrality of environmental risk.

Applications are invited which pursue projects that fit into the thematic research areas Indigeneity, Bodies, or Ecologies, and are related to one or more of the themes of concern to the Cultural Studies Program at the University of Melbourne:

  • Globalization and the intensified mobility of culture;
  • Multiculturalism, cultural complexity, and superdiversity;
  • Transforming identities (gendered, sexual, ethnic and others);
  • The impacts of media in everyday life;
  • Cultural and environmental sustainability;
  • Colonialism and culture
  • New cultural flows in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia’s place within these.

Minor Cosmopolitanisms establishes new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies. The minor denotes a perspective crucially informed by post- and decolonial thought and builds on interpretations of cosmopolitan practice which have been variably qualified as “agnostic,” “black,” “creole,” “decolonial,” “discrepant,” “indigenous,” “rooted,” “subaltern” or “vernacular.” They bring into being cosmopolitanisms in a ‘minor’ mode unforeseen by dominant scripts and creating new subject positions within dominant discourses and geopolitics. Specifically designed as a training programme for early career researchers, Minor Cosmopolitanism offers an international framework connecting Berlin and Potsdam with partner universities in Australia, South Africa, India and the Americas to pursue PhD and postdoctoral projects in a diverse, decentral, collective and convivial environment. Projects within the IRTG examine concrete critical, artistic as well as everyday practices which challenge the divide between cultural relativism and humanist universalism haunting the humanities and social sciences. They jointly strive to develop and promote an understanding of cosmopolitanism in the plural which combines visions of transcultural justice, peace and conviviality with an ethical commitment to difference and alterity.

Candidates are invited to apply by proposing their own dissertation project within the thematic scope of minor cosmopolitanisms and within the fields represented in the RTG (Anglophone Literary Studies, Postcolonial Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Political Theory, Sociology, German Literary Studies).

How to Apply

Potential Joint PhD Supervisors

Related Information

To learn more about Melbourne-Potsdam Minor Cosmpolitanisms projects and hear what current joint PhD candidates have to say about the program, visit the current projects page.

If you have questions about the Melbourne-Potsdam Minor Cosmopolitanisms Joint PhD program or the application process for any of our International Research Training Groups (IRTGs), please contact us.

You can also take a look at the funded joint PhD opportunities offered by other IRTGs here.