Performance and Media Studies: Mainz University

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D)
Performance and Media Studies: Mainz University, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, IPP "Performance and Media Studies", Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Welderweg 18, D-55099, Mainz, Germany
Theatre Drama and Film Studies
Course Language(s) 
English and German
Course Beginning 
3 years
App Deadline 
Scholarship and Grants



About the programme

The IPP "Performance and Media Studies" is an international PhD Program consisting in a three-year study program during which doctoral students attend seminars, practical workshops, discuss their respective research projects, and write the doctoral thesis. At the core of the programme lie questions concerning the concept of ‘culture’ itself. Doctoral seminars are given on subjects like “Performance and Performativity”, “Cultural Studies” and “Media Studies” and ask for the structure of the various cultural processes of change as they are effective in performative and mediated cultures. As innovative solutions to these questions can only be found in an interdisciplinary and international exchange, the IPP thus supports international and interdisciplinary research as the methodological condition for the future cultural analysts.

Admission requirments

The IPP Performance and Media Studies is seeking highly qualified applicants from both Germany and abroad who are clearly qualified in a subject area of the programme.

Applicants must hold an above-average university degree (M.A. or equivalent) that qualifies for academic work on the doctoral level in one of the disciplines included in the IPP:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Ethnology and African Studies
  • Filmstudies
  • German Language and Literature
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Romance Language and Literature
  • Slavonic Philology
  • Theatre Studies

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