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Department of Culture and Global Studies

Profile and objectives


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    Research profile and areas

    The doctoral programme Culture and Global Studies (CGS) is an interdisciplinary programme for the research on themes and theoretical issues related to the intertwining of political, cultural, and socio-economic processes, with particular emphasis on contemporary globalisation trends and their historical preconditions. The programme includes humanities and social science approaches to study these issues on a spectrum ranging from the local and regional dimension over the national level to the transnational global processes that increasingly impinge on the organisation of life and the structure and dynamics of the world.

    Research at the CGS programme explores topics of crucial importance to the understanding of ongoing processes at local, national and international level in order to capture the origins, contexts and consequences which have been shaped by long-standing processes of time-space compression in the shape of internationalisation and globalisation. In practice this means that the themes researched span from transnational phenomena such as international relations, via intercultural and intra-regional issues to the changing identities and everyday life experiences in individual localities.

    Research at the CGS programme includes areas such as international relations, regional integration, migration, media, social movements, market communication, gender studies, tourism, identity studies, and cultural studie, this plurality contributes to the academic vitality of the programme, and makes it well-equipped to meet the methodological challenges posed by the study of transnational and intercultural processes. The ambition to handle complexity and conflicts as research issues and to develop new research methods and theoretical perspectives makes it necessary to establish research which, on one hand, has a clear focus upon certain problems and perspectives, and, on the other, does not restrict the possibility of intellectual links with other problems and research perspectives. This is reflected in the presence of considerable experience among senior staff in methods such as field work, surveys, register-based longitudinal research, focus groups and qualitative interviews, policy and discourse analysis, and historical and semiotic approaches to the study of texts and multimedia sources.

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    The main objective of the doctoral programme Culture and Global Studies is to provide doctoral training that meets international standards. The programme is designed to offer graduate students optimal conditions for achieving a PhD degree in the scheduled time. The CGS programme is based on interdisciplinary approaches, and it aims at producing high level research and to stimulate internationalization. PhD fellows are prepared for becoming qualified researchers and educators, or to qualify for employment in similar areas of activity.

    The overall objectives are met by the following means:


    • Admission procedures are competitive and transparent


    • Supervision of the PhD fellows is provided by active researchers
    • The students are offered regular meetings with their supervisor(s) that also addresses publication strategies

    Research activities within and outside the CGS programme

    • Regular research seminars
    • Continuous research presentations
    • Guest lectures and research symposia
    • Conferences
    • PhD courses
    • Pre-defence


    • Danish PhD fellows are encouraged to visit research milieus abroad
    • Foreign PhD fellows are admitted to the CGS doctoral programme
    • Foreign students are invited as visiting research fellows for shorter periods
    • A high level of international publication is stimulated

    General activities

    • Scholarly and social networks among the PhD fellows supported by the CGS doctoral programme
    • Regular Personal Development Dialogues with the individual PhD fellow and the Head of Department
    • Regular meetings between the individual student and the director of the CGS doctoral programme about general questions concerning the PhD education
    • Regular meetings with the PhD fellows and the director of the CGS doctoral programme about common and general issues
    • One meeting during the PhD process between the individual PhD fellow, the supervisor and the director of the CGS doctoral programme about future career paths


    • An active fundraising strategy for PhD scholarships, activities and networks
    • Efforts to provide funding for post.doc. scholarships



Head of programme Trine Lund Thomsen
Phone: +45 9940 8330
Email: tlt@cgs.aau.dk 

Programme secretary Marianne Høgsbro
Phone: +45 9940 9810
Email: hoegsbro@cgs.aau.dk 

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