The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies (DPL) at the University of Basel offers doctoral students in literary studies and related fields an intensively supervised, interphilological doctoral program. More


Selected courses enable students to look beyond their own discipline in order to discover common interests, broaden their professional horizons, and establish social contacts. These include recurring doctoral colloquia, study and networking days, and retreats. In addition, once a year, the doctoral program funds a Seminar in Cultural Practice, which provides insights into various aspects of the literary market. More

Start-Up Grants

Each year, the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies awards up to three one-year start-up grants. These allow promising young researchers to develop their dissertation project and apply for follow-up funding at appropriate places. More

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Doctoral Program in Literary Studies

Dr. Dr. Christian Hänggi
University of Basel
English Department, Office 21a
Nadelberg 6
4051 Basel



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Prix Chalumeau for Jérôme Laubner's dissertation

Graduate of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies receives Prize in Sexual Sciences.

2 Start-Up Grants, CHF 30,000 each

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies of the University of Basel calls for applications for two one-year start-up grants of CHF 30,000.

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Course Recommendations for the Fall Semester 2022

A rich program across all philologies. We particularly recommend our retreat and the seminar "Postcasting and Literature."

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Ella Imgrüth Receives Start-up Grant

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies supports the German and Anglophone literary scholar Ella Imgrüth with a start-up grant.

Doctoral Program in Literary Studies with New Website

On this year's Study and Networking Day, the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies goes online with a new website.

Start-up Grants for Nicolas Fink and Philipp Wegener

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies awards one start-up scholarship each to a German and Nordic Studies scholar.
The Poetics of Emotions

Nicolas Leblanc publishes La Poétique des émotions dans l’œuvre de Jacques Delille

The graduate of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies publishes his dissertation with Classiques Garnier.
Writing Anthropologists

A. Elisabeth Reichel receives EARS Prize for her dissertation

Dr. A. Elisabeth Reichel, alumna of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies, receives the EARS Prize, endowed with 800 euros, for the best dissertation in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies in the last five years at one of the…

Recommended Courses Online

The events recommended by the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies are now online.  In addition to a number of seminars, colloquia, and lectures from various philologies, the Steering Committee particularly recommends the doctoral…


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Past events

28 Oct 2022 - 29 Oct 2022
13:00  - 17:00

Workshop, Other events

DPL Retreat: October 28/29, 2022

Two days dedicated to academic questions and questions of career planning. Exclusively for members of the Doctoral Program.
05 Oct 2022 - 08 Oct 2022
18:15  - 12:00


Digital Research in Old Norse Studies: Data Management and Infrastructure Needs

In this workshop, solutions to current issues of data management and infrastructure, especially in Scandinavian Mediaeval Studies, will be developed and discussed.
22 Sep 2022
17:30  - 19:30

Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 001

Seminar für Iberoromanistik, Bony Flückiger

Public event

Cine y cultura peruana contemporánea

La ceremonia de inauguración del evento "Cine y cultura peruana contemporánea" que contará con la participación del novelista y periodista peruano Renato Cisneros.
10 Jun 2022
09:00  - 16:30

Maiengasse 51, Basel

Séminaire d’études françaises

Congress / Conference / Symposium

Texte et musique : relations croisées

Journée d’étude : Comment réfléchir aux relations qui unissent texte et musique, comment traiter les problèmes méthodologiques, aussi bien en musicologie qu’en littérature, liés à l’étude de corpus dits « mixtes » (opérettes,…
31 May 2022 - 02 Jun 2022
17:00  - 16:00

Kollegienhaus, Petersplatz 1, Basel

Jewish Studies

Events, Congress / Conference / Symposium

Conference: Cultural Encounters between Israel and Germany: Literary Cross-Cultural Relations 1918-2022

The conference sets to examine the cultural encounters between modern and contemporary German and Israeli literature, with a specific focus on representation, reception and translation. The event is co-organized by Judith Müller, member of…
23 May 2022
18:30  - 23:30

English Seminar, Nadelberg 6, Basel

Doctoral Program in Literary Studies

Other events

DPL Spring Barbecue

Celebrate the end of the semester
02 May 2022
09:30  - 17:00

Colloquium, Other events

Study and Networking Day 2022

The Study and Networking Day for the members of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies will take place again in presence after two years of online meetings
01 Mar 2022
13:00  - 14:00

Grösser Hörsaal, Nadelberg 6

English Seminar


Fantasy, Fiction, Faction, and Fascism: Sofie Sabbioni at the English Seminar

DPL member Sofie Sabbioni talks about her comparative analysis of the contemporary U.S. American and Russian radical right’s narratives of Empire.
24 Nov 2021
18:00  - 20:00

Nadelberg 6, Grosser Hörsaal

Doktoratsprogramm Literaturwissenschaft

Guest lecture / Talk

Guest Lecture by Julie Napolin (New School)

A Sinister Resonance

Doctoral Program in Literary Studies | University of Basel | Dr. Dr. Christian Hänggi | Nadelberg 6 | 4051 Basel