Structured doctoral programme

The Graduate School 'History of knowledge' currently offers the only available structured doctoral programme related to collections in Germany.

Apart from PhD candidates, the programme also involves postdocs in the work of the group and thereby integrates and supports graduate researchers in all phases of their academic careers. The main focus of their academic qualification during the programme lies in source-based and culture-oriented, methodologically reflected interdisciplinary historical research on topics dating from the 16th to 20th century.  This research in turn is based on praxeological as well as on actor-centred approaches on historical anthropology, recent approaches on area history, global history, material-culture research as well as media history and history of ideas.

Besides receiving the opportunity to carry out research on unique collections of historical sources, the graduate researchers of the Graduate School further benefit from the international reputation and network of the Gotha Research Centre. They are invited to take part in its international interdisciplinary event, socialize with researchers and scholars from all over the world and conduct own events respectively projects.

Graduate School

The graduate school consists of doctoral students and postdocs who are supervised by a body conisting of the research institutions in Gotha and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt. The internationally connected research location of Gotha/Erfurt makes it possible to establish numerous academic contacts. The current spokesperson of the programme is Prof. Dr. Iris Schröder (Global History), the deputy spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kleeberg (History of Science).

The graduate school is supported by the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt, the entre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection (FKTS) and the Gotha Research Centre (FZG). The workplaces are located in the Gotha institutions.

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Membership and Funding

Young researchers at the University of Erfurt can apply for admission to the Graduate School via the EPPP at any time. Funding through scholarships from the University of Erfurt is possible.