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The Department of Languages and Literatures (SPL) is the Faculty of Humanities largest department with around 120 employees, 15 of whom are doctoral students, and around 1200 full-time equivalent students. For more information about the Department, go to: https://www.gu.se/en/languages.
The subject area of Sinology covers the Chinese language and culture in a broad sense. At the University of Gothenburg, the main research areas in Sinology are history, religious studies, linguistics, film and media studies, intellectual history, and literary studies (including comparative perspectives), and we study classical texts as well as modern phenomena.
The advertised doctoral studentship(s) will be part of a broad and dynamic research environment, where research is conducted in languages and literature based on a broad cultural contextualization and a broad spectrum of theoretical foundations and applications. The Department has four overarching research areas: Literary Studies, Language in Society, Languages, and Learning, and Linguistic Structures, as well as the seminar series FokusRom, and the Bernhard Karlgren Seminar Series in the field of Sinology (https://www.gu.se/en/languages/the-bernhard-karlgren-seminar-series).
A doctoral student is to spend their time on their doctoral studies in accordance with the general syllabus for the subject area in which they are admitted. The ultimate goal of the study program is a Degree of Doctor. The doctoral student carries out research and is expected to contribute to the development of knowledge within the subject area. This includes developing their own ideas and communicating research results both orally and in writing. The doctoral student is required to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be able to conduct independent research in the subject area through the production of a scholarly thesis. The doctoral studentship also aims to develop the doctoral student’s ability to utilize their acquired research skills and knowledge in future research projects or other qualified professional work.
As a doctoral student, you are expected to be physically present at the workplace and interact actively with others in the doctoral education environment. This includes active participation in subject area and other research seminars at the Department. In addition to your third-cycle study program, a maximum of 20 percent of department duties (e.g. teaching) is included in the position, which will extend the doctoral studentship proportionately. The working language of the Department is Swedish and, if required, the University can offer introductory courses in the Swedish language.