Call for applications: Division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought

Call for applications: Division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought

The European Graduate School (EGS)

Left to right, top to bottom: Judith Butler, Slavoj Žižek, Angela Davis, Avital Ronell, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Peter Szendy, Boris Groys, Sha Xin Wei. Courtest European Graduate School.

January 3, 2019
Call for applications: Division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought
MA, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Certificate and Certificate of Study

Application deadline: September 1, 2019, 12pm
The European Graduate School (EGS)
Alter Kehr 20
CH-3953 Leuk-Stadt
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For twenty years, artists, musicians, film-makers and many of the finest thinkers in the field of modern critical theory have assembled at the European Graduate School.

They have assembled, first and foremost, for the teaching experience. We want to invite you to join us.

In accredited MA and PhD programs ("Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought," "Literary, Musical, and Visual Thought"), but also in new certificate programs, EGS students have the opportunity to undertake a unique cross-disciplinary curriculum with professors whose work has helped to define modern thought. These students do not simply learn about theory (as in most graduate programs), they learn the practice of theory in questioning that is always profoundly relevant to the issues of our time.

Advantages of the EGS structure include:
–An intensive structure that allows students to undertake an advanced degree (or a certificate of study that does not require a thesis) while pursuing their professional ambitions.
–A tuition that is quite modest with respect to most private graduate programs (and even some public ones).
–Access to what is probably the finest graduate faculty in the world for philosophically-informed theory and exposure to cutting-edge intellectual and artistic developments at the intersections of fields such as political thought, literature, film, digital research, music, and architecture.  The 2019 course schedule will be posted in January, 2019, and will be quite similar to the 2018 schedule (which can still be consulted here: course schedule). We also look forward to welcoming several exciting new faculty.
–The opportunity to join a highly diverse and vibrant community in sites of stunning beauty. This community is "exclusive" only in the sense that it draws faculty of the highest quality and tends to attract creative individuals motivated by intellectual curiousity and a desire to discover what critical thought can be. Admission to the program is determined by a student's overall profile, not by their GPA within a specific discipline.

The EGS challenges disciplinary traditions even as it seeks to attain the best of what a university can offer in times that require critical awareness, creative response, and sober reflection devoted to the conditions for global change. At the EGS, seriousness of purpose conjoins with joy in discovery in seminars that are concerned not with rehearsing answers, but with finding the right questions. We seek, in our programs, to empower students to pursue these questions via inspiration and attentive guidance.

The Division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought offers MA and PhD degrees, as well as a Postdoctoral Research Certificate (for one or two years of study) and a Certificate of Study (for a single session). Students may also apply to attend particular seminars, space allowing.

MA and PhD students normally attend one session of their choice per year in both their first and second years of study at the EGS. Each session consists of six seminars and is three and a half weeks in length.  Sessions will be held in 2019 in June (Saas Fee, Switzerland), August (Saas Fee) and October (Valletta, Malta).  The application deadines for the respective programs are May 1, July 1, and September 1, but early application is strongly recommended.  For further information, write to: admissions [​at​]

Complete the online application here.

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