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


Past events

04 Jun 2024
09:30  - 15:00

Maiengasse 51, salle 105

Journée d'étude : Diversité et Multiplicité

Journée d'étude des (post-)doctorants du Séminaire d'études françaises et francophones organisée par les membres du Doktoratsprogramm Literaturwissenschaft Valentine Bovey, Arthur Houplain et Rebekka Martic.
22 May 2024

Za Zaa

Other events

Summer aperitif

Come all ye faithful!
13 May 2024
10:00  - 17:30

Regenzzimmer 111 / Seminarraum 106

Study and Networking Day

This year's study and networking day is organized by DPL members Ella Imgrüth and Emmanuel Heman and features a workshop on close reading.
30 Apr 2024

Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 001

Public event

Conversatorio: Retratos del Perú en la narrativa de Karina Pacheco

Karina Pacheco: El año del viento
Evento organizado por la doctoranda Bony Flückiger, miembro del DPL, y con el auspicio de la Embajada del Perú en Suiza.
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.

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