Graduate School Practices of Literature


The Graduate School Practices of Literature offers a structured doctoral programme in Literary Studies. The joint research is centred on the relationship between literature/literary studies and society. Additional focal points of our programme include theory of science as well as theory of literature and literary studies. Also, the programme addresses various issues for the professional application of literary expertise while enabling students to gain hands-on experience in career relevant non-academic environments. Thus, our programme’s mission is to link theory and practice through an interdisciplinary approach, treating them not as opposites but rather interdependent counterparts of a lively exchange.

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PhD Scholarships: Call for Applications for International Students

Application deadline: November 30th, 2018
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In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is offering two scholarships for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of literary studies starting October 1, 2019. The Graduate School Practices of Literature offers the opportunity to complete your doctoral degree within three years and to prepare for a career in academic and non-academic settings.

Open-Access Workshop with GSPoL Alumna Christina Riesenweber

Publishing in open access || Publishing Options at the WWU Münster
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GSPoL Alumna Christina Riesenweber (Open Access consultant FU Berlin, Open-Access-Office Berlin) and ULB representative Elisabeth Sawatzky (Publication Service / Service Point Digitale Dienste) gave an overview of open access options for academics in a GSPoL workshop in June 2018. Find the workshop's summary and further information on publishing services at the University of Münster here:

Anniversary Conference - 10 years of GSPoL

Recap and Impressions
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The tenth anniversary of the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature' was celebrated on June 19, 2018 with a conference. A diverse program including a networking event “Career Development” for PhD students, a guest lecture by advisory board member Dr. Nicholas Shrimpton (University of Oxford), as well as poster and project presentations by PhD students reflected the Graduate School's research activities. The GSPoL is grateful to everyone who participated and made the anniversary conference a special day with thoughtprovoking discussions!