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Bando pubblico concorso, per titoli ed esami, per l’ammissione al corso di Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze linguistiche, filologico-letterarie e politico-sociali, XXXIX ciclo A.A. 2023-2024 

The Doctoral Program in Linguistic, Philological-Literary and Political-Social Sciences, XXXIX cycle, A.A. 2023/2024, which will be activated sub condicione to the accreditation provided by the Ministry of University and Research pursuant to Ministerial Decree 226/2021, is divided into three curricula that reflect and enhance the University's main areas of research, starting from the areas that define its historical vocation: first and foremost, the study, teaching and promotion of Italian language and culture in the world.

The Linguistics and Language Teaching curriculum aims to offer a specialized training program in the areas of theoretical, descriptive and applied linguistics (bilingualism and corpus linguistics), history, glottodidactics (methods for language education and educational policies) and Italian linguistics (Italian and its varieties, dialects and minority languages, oral and written texts transmitted by the media, sociolinguistics, geolinguistic settings, language contact and social and sectorial uses of language, as well as the study of the processes of formation and evolution of Italian from the early Middle Ages to contemporary times). The curriculum also deepens the study of modern language teaching through a critical and interdisciplinary approach.

The curriculum in Italian Philology, Literature and the Arts focuses on the Italian linguistic, textual and literary tradition from its origins to contemporary times, with special attention to Italian outside Italy, the connection with the arts and educational declensions. The philological field completes the curriculum with the study of textual, including paraliterary, documentary and editorial traditions.

The curriculum in Diplomacy and International Cooperation recovers the tradition of Italian cultural diplomacy by placing it in the context of contemporary politics. The social and political sciences add to the doctoral program the themes of international relations, development cooperation and intercultural dialogue through the study of transnational dynamics and international crises.

Formative Objectives

The educational objectives of the Course are:

  • to become highly qualified young researchers, able to contribute actively and with innovative results to the main research areas of the University;
  • to be able to use the most up-to-date tools for specific scientific research, and to operate effectively in the national and international context;
  • to be able to critically analyze and compare different sources and materials with independent judgment;
  • to acquire methodologies aimed at comparing scientific experiences of theoretical models from different disciplinary and professional areas.

Upon completion of the doctoral course, students should be able to:

  • know the main genres of writing and dissemination related to research and understand the theoretical approaches and methodologies underpinning the disciplines of the three curricula;
  • employ the analytical and empirical research tools inherent in the relevant disciplines to respond to innovative questions from the world of professions and fit into international research networks;
  • apply knowledge and comprehension skills, with reference to the tools needed to submit articles to scientific journals (especially open access and band A);
  • submit research projects to scientific committees, in order to raise funds and be able to pursue postdoctoral research;
  • present the results of one's research in public.

Employment and professional outlets
First and foremost, the Ph.D. will facilitate access to university careers in the specific areas of the three curricula, as well as to teaching in schools.
In addition, the Ph.D. aims to provide specific skills in research that can be put to use in different sectors of the Public Administration (P.A.) and private service companies, in the following professional activities: :
  • teaching Italian language and Italian L2/LS in public and private entities;
  • linguistic and cultural promotion in public and private entities (centers of Italian culture; companies for the organization and management of cultural events, national and international tourism entities, non-profit organizations);
  • implementation of linguistic-cultural educational projects;
  • training, mediation and consulting in public and private entities requiring linguistic, glottodidactic and intercultural mediation skills; writing texts of different types;
  • editing and editorial design in the areas of print and multimedia publishing;
  • promotional activities in press offices and communication agencies;
  • design and management of archives and databases;
  • archiving and management of library and documentary holdings in libraries and documentation centers;
  • activities in public and private organizations in the field of environmental defense, intercultural dialogue, human rights protection and peace keeping; ;
  • professional activities related to the diplomatic career (managers in the state administration, ministerial advisors for development cooperation, experts in humanitarian emergency programs).


Linguistics and Language Didactics

collage di termini dell'ambito linguistico


The curriculum focuses on language in its various articulations, and aims to offer a specific training program in the areas of theoretical, descriptive, applied, typological, historical, and Italian linguistics, as well as glottodidactics, and language teaching methods. In these areas, the curriculum provides the skills necessary for research through a critical and interdisciplinary approach to linguistic analysis, from theoretical, descriptive, educational, acquisitional, social, computational, and historical perspectives. The potential reference of the curriculum is to the different languages of the world, although its location within the University for Foreigners of Perugia implies a focused attention to Italian and its varieties. In fact, the curriculum is complemented by the presence of Italian linguistics, which deals specifically with Italian and its varieties, dialects, and minority languages with reference to written, oral, and media-transmitted texts. Some research topics included in the curriculum are: the study of graphical, phonological, morphosyntactic, typological, lexicological and lexicographical, grammatical, psycholinguistic, textual, pragmatic, and discursive aspects; the in-depth study of sociolinguistic aspects and related to linguistic variation, multilingualism, and language contact; linguistic-educational policies; linguistic and Italian diaspora in the world; the study of L1 and L2/LS acquisition; linguistic analysis across different textual genres (academic, political, media discourse, etc. ); corpus linguistics; analysis of aspects related to didactics, assessment and language education; empirical evaluation of the effects that different pedagogical approaches produce on learning; modern language teaching through glottotechnologies.

Italian philology, literature and the arts



The curriculum focuses on the Italian linguistic, textual and literary tradition from its origins to contemporary times, with a special emphasis on Italian outside Italy, the connection with the arts and the educational domain, which pertain to the mission of the University and the Department. Privileged areas of research are the following: - the area of historical and critical research on Italian literature, with a focus on the diffusion of Italian literature, language and cultural models in the Peninsula and outside Italy, through the study of the historical, social and editorial modes of this diffusion, and the textuality of artistic and multimedia forms of expression; - the area of research in the history of language, which privileges, in constant dialogue with philological research, the linguistic and textual analysis of written, literary and non-literary testimonies produced inside or outside the borders of Italy, in the ancient or modern varieties of the Italian repertoire, with attention to the relationship between linguistic data and textual typologies, on the one hand, and the historical-cultural and social context of their evolution, on the other; - the area of philological research, which aims to develop high methodological skills for the study of textual traditions, aimed at the ascertained or critical edition of Italian texts and their commentary, through the study of the history of the works from the ecdotic point of view and author philology. To complement the philological, linguistic and literary fields, the curriculum includes an attention to the various forms of Italian art as a privileged means of spreading the Italian language and culture over time. Also of particular importance are the digital processing of texts to constitute databases and diachronic corpora of texts for annotation, as well as the construction and experimentation of useful tools for educational innovation.

Diplomacy and international cooperation

bandiere di diversi Paesi


The curriculum is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach that integrates political and social analysis with historical and international legal analysis to offer an analysis and explanation of the role of states and supra- and sub-national actors from both historical and topical perspectives. The curriculum identifies a number of specific areas for in-depth study: diplomacy and intercultural dialogue, trans-national relations, rights protection and environmental advocacy, analysis and management of humanitarian crises, human security, and policies promoting development. The doctoral program gives priority to the following research topics: the study of the international role of states, both those of Europe and non-European countries; the study of the problems of international politics and human security; the analysis of the phenomena of global interdependence, with particular attention to Africa and Latin America and, more generally, to South-South dynamics; the deepening of relations between countries, with a special focus on the interaction between political regimes with different social structures and on the dialogue between cultures; and the study of humanitarian crises.

Theme-bound fellowships

Within the Doctoral Program in Linguistic, Philological-Literary and Political-Social Sciences, three PNRR general theme-bound doctoral fellowships are planned to be activated: one fellowship insists on the Linguistics and Language Teaching curriculum, and two fellowships on the Diplomacy and Cooperation curriculum.

Il dottorato segnala

  Monday, 26 August 2024 to Saturday, 31 August 2024

Scuola estiva internazionale LIMS (Interdepartmental Laboratory Memory and Society)
  Monday, 24 June 2024 to Thursday, 27 June 2024

Summer School: Climate Change Theories, Narrations and Discourse: Sharing Methods, Knowledges and Practices
  Wednesday, 19 June 2024 to Friday, 21 June 2024

Convegno dottorale internazionale FLUI - Università di Firenze
  Monday, 03 June 2024 to Friday, 07 June 2024

Summer School “Digital Humanities and Digital Communication: Challenges and opportunities of interacting with and through technology” presso l'Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia


Incontri e seminari

(Attività facoltative)

Emeritus Professor Tekeste Negash (Dalarna University)
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 11:00
Palazzina Prosciutti, Aula 15
Presentazione del volume di Roberta Cella (Università di Pisa)
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 15:00
Palazzina Prosciutti, Aula 15