Doctoral Programmes/Groups in Switzerland

For a list of different local doctoral programmes and groups in the field of English studies in Switzerland consult the SAUTE PhD-education website, which provides direct links to the different programmes/groups.



The Geneva Doctoral Workshop in Modern and Contemporary English Studies

The Geneva Doctoral Workshop in Modern and Contemporary English Studies is convened by Professor Deborah Madsen and attended by English Department PhD students, researchers, and teaching staff. This workshop aims to support three key aspects of life as a doctoral student: the acquisition of professionalization skills as part of career development, the use of advanced critical theory, and the presentation of the research project (work-in-progress). The workshop also offers an occasion to develop and sustain a community of early-career researchers working in the broad field of nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first century literatures in English. Doctoral candidates in their first year of studies in the Geneva English Department are expected to present a work-in-progress paper at some point in the first year, as part of the preparation for the pre-doctoral examination, and all PhD students are encouraged to present their work regularly.

Interested PhD students from other CUSO and CUSO-affiliated universities are invited to participate and can have their travel expenses reimbursed (see Mobility). For more information, see the website of the Doctoral Workshop in Modern and Contemporary English Studies.

We also invite participation in the online discussion that is hosted on the “Forum” within the University of Geneva's Chamilo Virtual Learning Environment. If you are not a registered member of the University of Geneva and wish to participate in the Forum discussions, please send an email request to Deborah.Madsen(at)unige(dot)ch.



Animal Studies Reading Group

University of Geneva, Spring 2017

If you are currently working, or simply interested, in the field of Animal studies and/or Posthumanism, we would like to invite you to participate in the Animal Studies Reading Group at the University of Geneva. Last semester, we read a selection of related texts, from Heidegger, Adorno, Horkheimer, and Derrida, in order to investigate the ways in which these texts provide the (often overlooked) philosophic al underpinnings of the field, as well as how they engage in a dialogue with each other. This semester, we will discuss Giorgio Agamben’s The Open (2002) and use this text to inform our readings of selected primary sources. We are happy to modify the schedule based on your interests in this text and your literary research.