University of Gothenburg

Study environment

The third-cycle programme comprises 240 credits, some of which relate to compulsory and elective courses. As a doctoral student, you will also be offered the opportunity to teach within the subject and on one of our programmes, or to perform administrative duties during your studies. We currently have 14 doctoral students employed at the Department of Cultural Sciences across all our disciplines.

The study environment within the department’s third-cycle education is formed by the congruence of several factors. An important point of departure is the department’s research profiles and the research currently carried out at the department. This environment is further influenced by supervisors’ research interests and orientations, as well as the different types of seminars that the department offers. In addition to this, the various national and international networks, centers and other forms of collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries that the department and its supervisors are involved in, add to the study environment for the doctoral students.

Our PhD students

Art history and visual studies

Birte Bruchmüller - I explore five internationally-based Nordic symbolists, namely Tyra Kleen (1874-1951), Olof Sager-Nelson (1868-1896), Magnus Enckell (1870-1925), Beda Stjernschantz (1867-1910) and Ellen Thesleff (1869-1954) and their visual art from the turn of the 20th century.

Christine Sjöberg

Cultural studies

Anders Westerström - In my thesis project, I intend to track urban development in the waterfront district of Masthuggskajen in Gothenburg over time. I am interested in how the concept of sustainability is being applied in the project and how this is affecting the actors taking part in the processes and negotiations associated with the area.


Kristina Öman - I am investigating how Starlet, the old magazine for girls, served as a youth culture product in pre-internet Sweden.

Film studies

Erik Florin Persson - My thesis project considers municipal advertising, information and marketing in Gothenburg, with a focus on audiovisual media.

Valeria Villegas Lindvall - The “female" monster in "Latin American" horror film through a feminist and decolonial critical lens. 

Gender studies

Arman Heljic

Lina Palmqvist

Onur Kilic - I am a doctoral student in TechnAct research cluster and my research interests are focused on politics of gender and sexualities, digital activism, citizenship, politics of place, and queer theory.


Jan Eriksson

Netta Huebscher - My research project is a history and criticism of the concept of modality in Swedish folk music. Other research interests are history of music theory, model based composition, historically informed performance, Irish folk music and French folk music.

Sara Jansson

Paul Peeters


The supervisor guides the doctoral student through their third-cycle studies, primarily focusing on their thesis, but also their courses. Two supervisors are appointed for each doctoral student: one principal supervisor and one assistant supervisor. At least one of the supervisors must be qualified for appointment to a readership (Docent) and at least one of the supervisors must have completed supervisor training. In practice, this means that all senior lecturers at the Department are qualified to serve as a supervisor.