Elite Network: MIMESIS


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. 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.

The International Doctorate Program at a glance

DegreePhD (Dr. Phil.)
Duration of studySix semesters
Place of studyMunich
Admission requirementsExcellent/above average master’s degree or equivalent in literature, art history, musicology, theatre, film and media studies or related subjects
LanguageEnglish, German
Application deadlineno further applications accepted
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HeadProf. Dr. Tobias Döring
Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme
CoordinatorSimone Niehoff
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Further informationWebsite MIMESIS

Mimesis as Keyterm for the Arts

The Interantional Doctorate Program “MIMESIS” enables 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.

The historical focus is on all epochs after the Renaissance, whereas the cultural and geographical research interests range from European and North American literature and art to global arts (in particular African and Islamic culture) and postcolonial studies.

Due to cooperation agreements with leading international universities, members of the International Doctorate Program "MIMESIS"  are granted the opportunity to spend up to six months researching at renowned universities abroad.

It is also possible for them to complete a dissertation with binational supervision (cotutelle procedure).

Portrait photo: Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme

The International Doctoral Program offers its doctoral candidates outstanding flexibility in terms of choosing their research topics. Thus, it is the ideal format for interdisciplinary research in the humanities and the arts.

Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme

Transdisciplinary and international research

Funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria, IDP MIMESIS offers a structured program of doctoral study combining seminars, workshops, lecture series, conferences and master classes.

In addition, internships with leading cultural institutions are integrated into the study program. Moreover, doctoral students can gain academic teaching experience in their own seminars. The program thus aims at a comprehensive qualification during the doctoral phase, which is not only geared to the requirements of an academic career, but also to career prospects in cultural institutions.

Snippets of the program

The Chameleon Effect

On 12 and 13 June 2018, Michael Taussig visited the International Doctoral College MIMESIS at the LMU Munich.

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Doctoral students listen closely to Michael Taussig’s explanations.


An interdisciplinary exchange about a fundamental element of human culture: Un/masking. On a Mimetic Form. 

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An academic discussing a paper.

Snippets of the research

Lyrical Theory

In her interdisciplinary research, Johanna Spangenberg examines the mutual influence of music and language in the works of Mallarmé, Boulez, Deleuze and Guattari.

Projected Life

In her research, Babylonia Constantinides analyses current biographical films with regard to their theoretical potential in relation to notions of biography.

Soft Colour - Soft Flesh?

Marc Adamczack's research is devoted to the painterly design and art-critical perception of softness in Italian art of the 16th century.