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Welcome to the HCS Website

The Doctoral Studies Program History and Cultural Studies (HCS) offers graduate students with an excellent academic record a structured, research-oriented curriculum in cultural studies with disciplinary and interdisciplinary elements for doctoral studies in one of the research areas of the Department of History and Cultural Studies. The doctoral program is a three-year curriculum. Courses are taught in English and German.

The disciplines represented in the HCS program work historically, dealing with material, visual and written cultures. They research antique cultures as well as the present, examining literatures, textual traditions, and languages in the Near and Middle East, different regions in East Asia, religions, and cults. The doctoral program brings these subjects together in the common interest of combining broad approaches of cultural studies with subject-specific knowledge and competence and of forming a practice of interdisciplinary work. HCS considers both the tradition of Kulturwissenschaften taught in Germany and the Anglo-American cultural studies approach to (socio-)political questions. The program gives doctoral students the opportunity to develop and regularly discuss their own research on the basis of these discursive traditions. Participation in HCS requires both well-founded subject knowledge and a profound interest in theoretical and methodological issues on an interdisciplinary level.

Cast Collection of Ancient Sculptures

Cast Collection of Ancient Sculptures
Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

Campus Library, “Holzlaube”

Campus Library, “Holzlaube”
Image Credit: Stefan Müller-Naumann

The Department of History and Cultural Studies is one of the largest departments at Freie Universität Berlin. With its 17 institutes, it is internationally oriented, and research focused. Here, you will find a unique spectrum of subjects in terms of content and methodological diversity, ranging in historical time from antiquity to the present and dealing with regions in East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

The city of Berlin is a center of science and scholarship. Numerous university and non-university research institutions are based here, and renowned museums, collections, archives, libraries, and rich cultural offerings provide an ideal environment for academic work.

In addition, research networks and projects at the department, at the Freie Universität and at other institutions in Berlin enable an intensive exchange on site as well as networking opportunities with international guest researchers.

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Library, Koserstr.

Library, Koserstr.
Image Credit: Hubert Graml

The workspace for HCS doctoral students is located in the building Koserstraße 20, which also houses the joint library of History and Art History. The other institutes and the campus library are within walking distance at Fabeckstraße 23-25. The university library, the Botanical Gardens and the university canteen are close by, as are the Forschungscampus Dahlem, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK), the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften