The Finnish Doctoral Programme for Literary Studies

The Finnish Doctoral Programme for Literary Studies is a joint doctoral project consisting of seven participating universities in Finland (University of Turku, University of Helsinki, University of Joensuu, University of Jyväskylä, University of Oulu, University of Tampere and Åbo Akademi University). In all, the Doctoral Programme consists of fourteen departments that offer postgraduate education in literary studies, three of which are departments of philology. The Programme cooperates with Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften / International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSS) and participates in The European PhDnet of Literary and Cultural Studies.

The aim of the project is to promote postgraduate education in Literary Studies on a national basis. The basis for this national and indeed international co-operation is the common methodology of literary studies within a variety of individual approaches and including new kinds of crosscultural and interdisciplinary impulses.

In view of the importance of literature in Finnish cultural history as well as in contemporary processes of redefining identities in a globalizing multicultural world, literary studies occupies a central place in the study of culture. Studying how cultural knowledge is generated in literature in its relationship to other cultural discourses and in its whole cultural context is vital to the self-understanding of a culture. Cooperation within the European network broadens the field of international and even interdisciplinary encounters and brings new perspectives and questions to the scholarly dialogue in Europe.

The project seeks to organise research training based on a research agenda that opens up new relations between various approaches to literature and between national literatures and promotes interdisciplinary research contacts between literary studies and other fields of cultural studies. The Doctoral Programme organises seminars and conferences in its various fields of research. Every year there are two to three wide-ranging seminars and conferences which are open to all graduate students in the field of literary studies as well as two or three smaller, workshop-like seminars in which the Doctoral Programme's researchers receive comments on their work in progress. Prominent senior researchers and literary scholars from Finland and abroad function as supervisors and guest lecturers in the school. Special emphasis is laid on international contacts and education for the PhD students and post-doctoral scholars.

Director, Professor Pirjo Lyytikäinen –

Coordinator, Paula Arvas, Ph.D. –

The Finnish Doctoral Programme for Literary Studies
The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
PL 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
00014 University of Helsinki

Contact person paula.arvas(at) — Website