Courses and events

Upcoming courses and events for the students of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts and Society.

Course Catalogue

The course catalogue for the doctoral programme is available in WebOodi.

Other courses

General competence skill courses organized by the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The working seminar

The Doctoral Programme organizes a working seminar for doctoral students twice a year. The next working seminar of the Doctoral Programme will be held on 6 May 2019 (detailed info below).

In addition to receiving and giving valuable feedback, the working seminar provides doctoral students with an excellent opportunity for networking and a glance at research being done in the doctoral programme - so don’t hesitate to register! You will need to submit your working paper (15-18 pages) of text from or related to your dissertation before the seminar. If you have just started working on your dissertation and don’t have much text yet, you can submit your research plan and disposition instead.

For more information, please contact Programme director Filipe Pereira da Silva.

Working Seminar

In the last couple of years, we have tried different formats, both to challenge you (students) and ourselves (teachers, supervisors, etc.) to find the best model. We continue this trial phase in the next working seminar, which will take place on 6th May. This time we have teamed with the National Library and the University Lecturer for Research Ethics and Open Access Simo Kyllönen, whom some of you met as the keynote of our working seminar last autumn. 

We have created a mock online journal, called FTY, which will be the journal of the working seminar. The journal is closed for public view, and cannot be accessed unless the editors of the journal give permission. (The journal is on the platform)

The process is as follows:

  1. Go to the front page of “Editori”, the Open Journal Systems site for the University of Helsinki:, and sign in with your UH login details.
  2. ONLY AFTER THAT, AND WHILE STILL LOGGED INTO THE SYSTEM, click on the following link directly to our doctoral programme’s journal site: (You cannot access the journal site directly, but must first be logged in to the system.)
  3. Once you can see our FTY Journal’s front page, you can follow the instructions there on how to submit your article for the seminar.

The timeline for your article draft and the seminar is as follows:

  • 15 March, deadline for submitting your draft
    • We will then find two peer-reviewers (referees) for your article, one a student and the other a senior scholar working on your topic. All this is done anonymously through a double-blind system, where neither the author nor the reviewer know the identity of the other — the way it would be done in the real world. The referees will have one month to review your piece, and then you will receive their reports, also via the online system.
  • 19 April, deadline for referees to submit their reports
  • 29 April, you receive access to the reports on your own article, as well as the other articles and reports in your seminar session
    • Your article and the reviewers’ reports will also be made available to other seminar participants one week before we meet. In the seminar itself you will have 5 minutes to present the gist of the article and then we will together go through the reports and discuss (i) the quality of the reporting (ii) what to do to improve the paper (iii) how to follow and apply the suggestions in the referees’ reports. 

The general aim of this exercise is to acquaint you with the best practices of the publishing world, for instance how to prepare a manuscript for submission, how to deal with the feedback you get from reviewers, and indeed how to construct a peer-review report yourselves. Often scholars learn these skills quite late and often at great pains, so it would be great if we can help you get ahead of the curve. 

At the end of the seminar, you will also have an article draft that has received feedback from an expert in your field, a clear plan about how to incorporate that feedback into your manuscript, and a chance to submit your work to a “real” journal in an even better shape than it was before.


The European Ph.D. Network in Philosophy

The European Ph.D. Network in Philosophy is a joint scholarly program aimed at promoting the scientific quality and the internationalization of doctoral education, as well as providing doctoral students enhanced career possibilities. The participants of this network are the University of Bergen, Bielefeld University, the University of Bologna, the University of Bucharest, the University of Helsinki and Uppsala University. The main activity of the Net consists of the working seminars, which take place twice a year, each time in one of the universities belonging to the Net. The maximum number of students to be admitted to the Net is 15 and is equally distributed among the partner institutions. In order to be eligible for the Net, the applicants must already have been accepted as a doctoral student to one of the participating universities. Each participating university chooses one to two students for the duration of a three-year cycle. The Director of the Net is Professor Gabriel Sandu from the University of Helsinki. Contact person for inquiries: Constantin C. Brîncuş (

Other activities

The Doctoral Programme organises an annual writing retreat for doctoral candidates. The writing retreat offers a chance for the doctoral candidates to concentrate on writing their own dissertation. More information will be available here and on programme's email list closer to the date of the next writing retreat.