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.

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

Karin Silverin

Christina Tente - I research visual cultures of the COVID-19 pandemic through media photography, non-human photography, and photo-based memes produced between January 2020 and March 2021 in order to facilitate an understanding of how the first year of the pandemic has been visually narrated, encoded/decoded, and - ultimately- experienced as a primarily visual and, to a large extend, disembodied event.

Cultural studies

Gleb Koran

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.


Caroline Reinhammar

Film studies

Sama Khosravi Ooryad - My project critically examines antifeminist, online hate cultures and their global manifestations beyond the oversimplified West/East or democratic/undemocratic divide. I also study the anti-fascist, digital feminist networks and strategies that counter hate both offline and online.

Ellie Power

Gender studies

Arman Heljic - My Ph.D. project investigates how Romani feminist and queer art, cultural production and artistic practices challenge notions about Romani communities in Europe. I focus on art as a form of resistance and art as spaces for counter­narratives towards anti-ziganist and homo/lesbo/bi/transfobic representations that impact the lives of Romani LGBTQ individuals.

Zeynep Kuyumcu

Gadea Méndez Grueso


Rastko Buljancevic

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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.