Doctoral Research Group Philosophy, Literature & History

Both philosophy and literary studies belong to the key disciplines of cultural studies. Research in these fields formed the basis of historical cultural studies as they were conceived around 1900, but, together with historical studies, also provided decisive theoretical and methodological impulses for the development of the newer cultural studies in the wake of the cultural turn, which in turn led to an expansion and dissolution of the traditional, disciplinary subject areas and research questions. Research in these areas has theoretically shaped the development of cultural studies in recent decades and significantly expanded its objects.

The Doctoral Research Group Philosophy, Literature and History feels connected to this pace-setting function and is interested in the further penetration of perspectives from the humanities and cultural studies.

Doctoral Degree

The respective faculty confers the doctoral degree Dr. phil.


  • Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro

Doctoral Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Kevin Drews
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Kramer
  • Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro
  • Prof. Dr. Emer O'Sullivan
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Steierwald


  • Prof. Dr. Christina Wessely

Doctoral Courses

As a doctoral candidate at Leuphana, you not only write your dissertation, but also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral courses to the extent of 30 credit points, which include (inter)disciplinary colloquia (Research Forum I and Research Forum II) and furthermore comprises four interdisciplinary modules on research ethics, research methods, scientific practice and current perspectives on science. Please find more information about Leuphana's doctoral courses here.


If you wish to pursue your doctorate at Leuphana, you must be enrolled as doctoral student. Information about admission to the doctorate at Leuphana and the application procedure can be found here.

Leuphana Graduate School offers advice and coaching to academics in the qualification phase. The Graduate School's advisor will be happy to support you in questions of decision-making, challenges in the course of your doctorate, and career planning and development. You can find more information about the counselling and coaching services here.