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 Grant (Deadline: April 17, 2024)

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



/ Research, Doctorate/PhD

Call: Start-up Grant (CHF 30K)

The Doctoral Program calls for applications for a one-year start-up grant.
Four new books

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Four new books: Congratulations, Lucas Knierzinger, Daniel Lüthi, Thibault Martinetti, and Clea Wanner!

Four graduates of the Doctoral Program publish their works which they wrote at the University of Basel.
Beastly Writing

/ News, Studies, People

Looking Back: Beastly Writing: Animal Representations in Changing Literature

Sarah Bourdely Brämer and Michaela Frey look back on the pilot of a Bachelor's course on the literary representation of animals, which they led in the fall semester 2023.
Jérôme Laubner: Vénus malade

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Jérôme Laubner appointed Maître de conférences at Montpellier, publishes "Vénus malade"

Dr. Jérôme Laubner has been appointed lecturer at the University Paul-Valéry of Montpellier in September 2023. His dissertation "Vénus malade", written when he was a member of the DPL, was published by Droz in November 2023.

Sina Dell'Anno receives Faculty Prize

The graduate of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies is honored for her dissertation.

Start-up Grants, CHF 30,000 each: Call for Applications

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 start: 1 April 2024).
Jodok Trösch: Wild translation

/ Research, Doctorate/PhD, People

Jodok Trösch's "Wildes Übersetzen" published

Dr. Jodok Trösch develops a theory of wild translation and describes procedures of translation used as a generative mechanism to produce independent literary texts. "Wildes Übersetzen. Zu Theorie und Geschichte eines literarischen…
Moby Dick

/ Studies, People

Beastly Writing: DPL Members Teach Course About Literary Representation of Animals

The pilot event in the fall 2023 semester is funded by the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies.
Sina Dell'Anno: Satura

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Sina Dell'Anno's "satura - Monstrous Writing in Antiquity and Enlightenment" is published

In her dissertation written as a member of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies, alumna Dr. Sina Dell'Anno examined the textual tradition of "satura." Now her work has been published in the series "Theory of Prose" by De Gruyter Verlag.
Lea Liese: Mediology of the Anecdote

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Lea Liese's "Mediologie der Anekdote" published

In her dissertation, "Mediology of the Anecdote," written as part of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies, alumna Dr. Lea Liese examines the anecdotal as a mode of writing and storytelling.

Past events

09 Nov 2023 - 10 Nov 2023
14:00  - 13:30

Symposium: Decolonial Imaginaries in Literary and Urban Studies

A two-day symposium co-organised by doctoral students Tamara Dima Imboden and Andreea Midvighi.
27 Oct 2023
19:15  - 20:45

Englisches Seminar, Grosser Hörsaal, Nadelberg 6, Basel

Fremdmat Heimheit: Performance & Entretien

Podiumsdiskussion mit Halyna Petrosaniak, Marina Skalova und Goran Vulović. Vorwort: Thomas Fritz Maier, Moderation: Anna Hodel.
27 Oct 2023 - 28 Oct 2023
13:00  - 17:00

Schloss Münchenwiler

Doktoratsprogramm Literaturwissenschaft

Retreat of the Doctoral Program

This year's retreat of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies will take place on October 27 and 28 at Münchenwiler Castle.
23 Oct 2023
18:15  - 19:45

Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9, 4051 Basel, Seminar room -201

Public event

The Virtual East: Eastern European Video Game Landscapes

Public Lecture by Gernot Howanitz (Universität Innsbruck)
14 Sep 2023 - 16 Sep 2023
11:00  - 13:00

Maiengasse 51, Raum 105

Französisches Seminar

Congress / Conference / Symposium

International conference: Tasting Funny – Drôle de goût

Tasting funny - Drôle de goût
A three-day international conference on humor and taste with a rich smorgasbord of contributions.
28 Aug 2023 - 03 Sep 2023
10:00  - 16:00

Haus Cresta, Conters

Tammy Imboden

Writing Retreat in Prättigau

Conters, Prättigau
The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies is testing a new format.
25 May 2023
18:15  - 22:00

Other events


It's time for some serious sizzling!
02 May 2023

Events, Colloquium, Workshop

Study and Networking Day

The Study and Networking Day of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies will be held on May 2.
15 Apr 2023
20:30  - 23:59

Helsinki Klub, Zürich

Public event

Thomas Pynchon's music live

Visit interprets songs by Pynchon
The artistic side project of a DPL dissertation will finally be performed live.
11 Apr 2023

Alte Universität Basel (Rheinsprung), Hörsaal

Faking Sense of War: The Russian Digital Propaganda Strategy

Public Guest Lecture by Dr. Boris Noordenbos, Universiteit van Amsterdam, on the Russian state’s use of digital media as a propaganda tool since the beginning of its full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine. The event is organized by…

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