University of Lausanne - Institute of Economic and Social History (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) and History Department (Faculty of Arts)
University of Neuchâtel - History Department (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
University of Geneva - Paul Bairoch Economic History Department (Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences) and Department of History (Faculty of Arts)
University of Fribourg - Unit for the History of Modern and Contemporary Societies (Faculty of Arts)
The Graduate Institute Geneva - International History Department
Direction of the programme:
Prof. François Vallotton (UNIL)
Prof. Thomas David (UNIL)
Dr. Claude Lützelschwab
Faculté des lettres
Université de Lausanne
The Doctoral Programme in Contemporary History (PDHC) is intended for doctoral students of contemporary history and pursues the following general objectives:
- to immerse doctoral students of contemporary history in an intellectual environment and a collective dynamic that fosters the shared development of skills and social interaction in the field of the discipline and its networks;
- to ensure their integration in a scientific and professional community through the organisation of regular meetings devoted to their research subjects;
- to facilitate contacts and dialogue between doctoral students of contemporary history;
- to enrich the training of doctoral students through methodological and thematic modules;
- to allow doctoral students to seamlessly combine a specialisation in the field of the thesis with a wider knowledge of emerging themes in contemporary history;
- to offer doctoral students the means and tools needed to compile research dossiers for grant applications in Switzerland and abroad;
- to give doctoral students the chance to take responsibility for organising conferences;
- to familiarise doctoral students with publication and research valorisation strategies;
- to teach doctoral students to elaborate, concretise and defend a large-scale research project combining scientific requirements and creativity, according to institutions and sources of finance for research, and also for stays abroad.
The PDHC includes two main activities:
- The organisation by doctoral students of Doctoral Student Days during which they are invited to organise and take charge of thematic workshops. These events provide an opportunity for doctoral students to present their work and open a dialogue with other historians or researchers from partner institutions. Doctoral Student Days also give rise to talks from Swiss and international experts, giving doctoral students different feedback from that of their thesis supervisor, while at the same time strengthening their integration in a broad-based "scientific community".
- The organisation of methodological teaching modules. These modules are organised each semester over one or two days. They are organised on a three-part basis: sources, methods and approaches to contemporary history. Working methods vary from one module to another however participation in a module always involves preparatory work. Doctoral students and teachers from other universities (Swiss and foreign) are also invited.
- Other one-off activities are proposed to doctoral students and are detailed in specific announcements. Individual help with internal or external mobility is also possible under certain conditions.
Please contact the University Admissions Department.
Registration deadline for the doctoral programme:
Please contact Dr. Claude Lützelschwab (Claude.Lutzelschwab@unine.ch)
The Doctoral Programme in Contemporary History (PDHC) is open to all doctoral students of history registered with one of the seven academic units supporting the programme. Admission to the programme presupposes the prior award of a degree or a Masters in History or a qualification deemed equivalent. Doctoral students are also subject to the regulations in force at the University with which they are registered.
Registration is also open to doctoral students registered with other academic units of the Universities of Western Switzerland provided their thesis includes a genuine historical dimension and on the basis of a covering letter; the Scientific Committee decides whether or not to accept such applications.
Subject to changes.
Last update: 20 August 2012
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