Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies and Linguistics

International PhD programme, in partnership with:

Doctorate coordinator

Prof. Enric Bou Maqueda, Ca' Foscari University,


Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies


For information on educational activities:

Patricia Springolo,

Location for Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum:
Ca' Bernardo, Dorsoduro 3199 - 30123 Venice

Location for Linguistics curriculum:

Ca' Bembo, Dorsoduro 1075 - 30123 Venice

Educational aims

The doctorate is organized into two main subject areas, which incorporate languages, language science, literature and culture within numerous scientific and cultural projects:

  • Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies
  • Linguistics

The Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum is aimed at the advanced study of languages and cultures of modern societies, based on the communication between complex cultural systems, and examined through the analysis and interpretation of literary and cultural texts in a foreign language. This essential tool in gaining a deep understanding of all cultures and traditions is applied from both a specific and a comparative angle.

The Linguistics curriculum is aimed at the development of theoretical critical thinking that is suitable for facing specialized research themes and issues in linguistic theory, language education, linguistics of various languages (including Sign Language), applied linguistics, computational linguistics, synchronic and diachronic language theory, and foreign language teaching.

Research themes

Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies curriculum:

Modern languages, literatures and cultures in the following areas - covering stylistic, rhetorical, philological, historical and epistemological aspects focusing on both the specific factors deriving from the differing contexts and the more broad comparative perspective regarding communication between complex cultural systems:

  • Anglo-American literatures and cultures;
  • English literature and culture;
  • Postcolonial literatures and cultures in English;
  • European French and Francophone literature and culture;
  • Ibero-American literatures and cultures;
  • Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese literatures and cultures from the Iberian Peninsula;
  • Lusophone literatures and cultures from Latin America and Africa;
  • German and Austrian literature and culture;

Literatures and cultures from the Slavic and Balkan area and relative to the following language areas:

  • Albanian
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Croatian
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian and Slovenian

Culture and literature of the Slavic and Balkan areas:

  • Albanese
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Croatian
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovenian.

Linguistics curriculum:

  • Grammar theory;
  • Generative grammar;
  • Language education/educational linguistics;
  • The teaching of foreign languages and of Italian as a foreign/second language

Professional profiles

Given the broad and in-depth preparation, the PhD graduate will be able to employ the skills acquired not only in an academic research environment but also, according to the specific subject area studied, in highly skilled roles in fields which cover internationalisation and the study of language.

How to apply and call for applications

Admission to Doctoral Programmes is gained through a highly selective application process, subject to international attention. Yearly the call for applications is published during the spring.



Last update: 18/01/2023