University of Basel, eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image at the University of Basel Call for Applications for 5 PhD Fellowships

ikones Graduate School

Call for Applications for 5 PhD Fellowships

in the fields of art history, musicology, philosophy, German literature, media studies, and Egyptology.

Application Due Date: May 22, 2017

The eikones Graduate School at the University of Basel invites applications for five doctoral fellowships on the theory and history of the image for three years beginning 1 September 2017.

Since 2005, eikones has served as a center for research on images from systematic and historical perspectives. The international and interdisciplinary center investigates the meanings, functions and effects of images in cultures since Antiquity and in our contemporary society. It aims at foundational image theory and at an historical investigation of images as instruments of human knowledge and cultural practices.

The eikones graduate school offers excellent students of the humanities who would like to pursue a doctorate in the history and theory of the image a structured program of graduate study distinguished by dedicated advising, an internationality, interdisciplinary, regular dialogue with guest scholars, and professional opportunities. The goal of the doctoral program is the successful completion of the degree within the duration of the fellowship.


  • Masters or equivalent qualification in a relevant field of study, in particular art history, musicology, philosophy, German literature, media studies, or Egyptology.
  • Doctoral students must be advised by a faculty member of the eikones graduate school. Doctorate students must also be enrolled in the University of Basel for the duration of the program.
  • Applicants must possess a MA degree or equivalent by 1 September 2017. The MA degree must have been completed in the previous two years. Exceptions may be possible in extraordinary circumstances.

Application Materials

  1. Cover Letter
  1. CV
  1. Copies of Certificates
  1. Contact details for two references
  1. Project outline (at most 10 pages) and bibliography
  1. Work schedule for 3 years (at most 2 pages)
  1. Writing sample (at most 20 pages)

Inquiries and the application—to be submitted as a single pdf—by May 22, 2017 to

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be held in Basel on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Please keep this date available in case of an invitation.

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About thegrailquest

Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

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