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Doctorate Program

MIMESIS: Munich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts

LMU Munich (lead management), Technische Universität München, University of Television and Film Munich


Degree: Doctorate Degree

Duration of study: 3 years

Places of study: Munich

Requirements:  Excellent Master’s Degree or equivalent, in a field related to art history, literature, theatre, film or media studies. In single cases, after a BA (Hons), if it includes a thesis and comprises not less than four years of study.

Language of instruction: English, German


The International Doctoral Program MIMESIS, based at LMU Munich, is dedicated to innovative doctoral research in the fields of literature and the arts, with special emphasis on historical, theoretical and transdisciplinary perspectives. 

Funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria and in collaboration with the Technical University Munich and the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, it will enable cooperation between research projects in literature, theatre, performance, music, film studies, architecture and the visual arts, offering both a forum and a framework in which interests drawn from any one of these areas enter into a dialogue with other areas in the wider spectrum of creative engagements. 

Its research program is framed by the term mimesis, a key concept throughout the history of the arts, right up to the most recent developments in critical and cultural theory. MIMESIS offers a structured program of doctoral study combining seminars, workshops, lecture series and master classes. In addition internships with leading cultural institutions and at partner universities will be integrated into the study program.


Highlights of the International Doctorate Program

„Durch die Flexibilität, die das Internationale Doktorandenkolleg den Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden bei der Themenauswahl in viel höherem Grade ermöglicht als ein DFG-Graduierten-Kolleg, stellt es das ideale Format für interdisziplinäre Forschung im geist

Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme

Prof. Dr. Tobias Döring

Contact (Coordinator)

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