Themes studied concern, amongst other things, postcolonialism, European identity, environmentalism and ecocriticism, gender issues, the transformation of modernity, conditions of critical thinking and the materialities of knowledge. We also pursue research on hermeneutics, conceptual history and historiography.
There is a certain emphasis on contemporary topics; however, the Early Modern period is also a focus of study. Geographically speaking most research is done on European material, but some faculty work on global topics.
A doctoral (PhD) student is expected to conduct research and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline. Expectations of a doctoral student include the capacity to develop independent ideas and communicate research results in oral and written form.
The aim of the doctoral position is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within History of Ideas and Science and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other qualified professional work.