PhD in the Humanities

This unique PhD program was designed by leading international academics to meet the needs of a new generation of students seeking to acquire knowledge, skills, and implementation of the humanities both inside and outside the academic setting. The collaboration between The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) and AMEU blends together some of the world’s leading intellectuals and visionaries with transnational and interdisciplinary subjects in areas where the traditional universities fall short. Accredited by the Bologna Accords (Europe) via Institutum Studiorum Humanities (ISH) and Alma Mater Europaea–ECM.

Quick Facts 

  • 3 year PhD for full-time researchers
  • Full-time and part-time study options
  • Full residence in Maribor, Slovenia, low-residence, or online format
  • 5,000 Euros/year (limited 30% scholarships available)
  • Next Application Due Date: May 1, 2017
  • Rolling Start Date


The PhD program in the humanities bridges philosophical, anthropological, performative and linguistic disciplines, focusing above all on the unique interests and needs of individual students. Learning is nomadic in nature in the sense that thinking is dynamic and always pushing beyond established boundaries, and for this reason our program is flexible both geographically and temporally (high & low-residency options available). In contrast with traditional programs, which are based in one geographical area, our campus is the world as such. This means that our seminars, like thinking, are located in different places around the globe from Paris, New York, Venice, to Vienna, Havana and Maribor just to name a few places.

Although our thinking transgresses borders, we do have a base located at Alma Mater Europaea in Maribor, Slovenia where researchers have access to premiere library resources and research space. Alma Mater Europaea was launched as an initiative of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a leading academic organization of around 1,700 top European scientists and artists including 29 Nobel laureates. In addition, you may complete your entire degree from the convenience of your home or office via our live online fully interactive seminars. Of course, nothing can fully replace being physically present in the seminars, which is why we hold many “intensive” seminars that compacts a full course within a single week (plus additional online meetings) in Venice, Cuba, Paris and many other locations where we can expand our thinking within specific contexts. In this way we have created the most flexible and rigorous post-graduate degree program in the world.

Following the European doctoral model which emphasizes independent research, students are able to begin their dissertation preparation beginning in the first year and complete the program in just three years of full-time study. The program provides student-researchers with a flexible, interdisciplinary framework, built on connections among specific courses and areas of interest including ecological, political, artistic, and social practices. Our PhD students go through rigorous theoretical and methodological training that imparts strong research and analytical skills and enables students to adapt to the constantly changing 21st century labor market as well as to create new labor practices. We offer an unprecedented intensive practicum, where doctoral candidates are encouraged to actively participate in collaborative teaching opportunities with faculty members during their course of study.

The program enables student-researchers to study fields and disciplines that are underrepresented in traditional higher learning institutions with specialized ways of creating new post-carbon economies through innovative ecological partnerships and educational development programs. Our aim is to build a creative commons whose impact is far reaching offering creative solutions to increasingly pertinent and  life-threatening questions. It is time to change the face of education and build a better and more just world. We are poised to make a difference. Join us.

Course of Study

Year One

First Semester

  • Humanities I
  • Elective Course I
  • Individual Research – Doctoral Thesis Preparation

Second Semester

  • Humanities II
  • Elective Course II
  • Doctoral Seminar I – Doctoral Thesis Topic Application


Year Two

First Semester

  • Elective Course III
  • Elective Course IV
  • Elective Course V
  • Elective Course VI
  • Individual Research Work on Doctoral Thesis I

Second Semester

  • Elective Course VII
  • Elective Course VIII
  • Doctoral Seminar II


Year Three

First Semester

  • Writing Doctoral Thesis

Second Semester

  • Doctoral Thesis Preparation and Defense

Elective Courses

Philosophical Investigations

Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience

New Social Practices and Economies

Philosophy, Ecology, and Technology

Poetics, Performance, and Philosophy

Critical Film Studies

New Methodologies – Avant-Garde Texts, Sites, and Practices

The Future Subject

Posthuman Ethnography

The Deconstruction Series

Reinventing Human Rights Discourse



You may enroll full-time or part-time.

Full-time researchers (students) can participate in three ways: (a) full-time residence (in Ljubljana and Maribor Slovenia, and Venice, Italy; (b) low -residence; (c) open and distance via online.

Part time researchers can participate in the following ways: (a) low-residence; (b) open and distance via on-line.


Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

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