The Doctoral School of Humanities was established by Regulation No. 20 of the Rector of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University on April 24, 2019.

Doctoral School of  Humanities provides Ph.D. education in eight disciplines: Archeology, Philosophy, History, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Culture and Religion Studies, as well as Music and Fine Art and Art Conservation. It meets the educational and research standards of modern Humanities, and it corresponds to Level 8 of the Polish Qualification Frame. The School facilitates the development of doctoral students’ research capacities, including identification of research problems, application of modern research tools and techniques, and national and international research-related communication. The educational aim amounts to completing an individual research project under the supervision of an experienced scholar. Doctoral students will also acquire the skills and competencies that help them relate to and cooperate with non-academic social and workplace environments. 

The Doctoral School of  Humanities educates young scholars in the following disciplines:

  • Archeology
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literary Studies
  • Culture and Religion Studies
  • Music
  • Fine Art and Art Conservation

Archeology deals primarily with the oldest period of human activity, recovering, in its multidimensional examination and interpretation, both tangible artifacts of material culture (monuments) as well as intangible relicts of intellectual culture (beliefs). It is more and more often now, however, that archeological research projects into modern times and attempts contemporary issues (e.g., battlefield archeology, archeology of memory). The discipline is inherently interdisciplinary in its character and, thus, draws from the systems of exact sciences (physics, chemistry), biological and natural sciences (anthropology, geography), humanities (history), and social sciences (sociology, cultural anthropology). This considerably broadens the research horizons and possibilities concerning learning about the past, not only in terms of what it is that has survived of the early activity of humankind but also in terms of the man-environment mutual interactions.

Philosophy embraces the largest domain of intellectual reflection upon reality, being (ontology), knowledge (epistemology), and values (axiology). Philosophical pursuit broadens the mind, serves to create a rational depiction of the world, fosters logical and independent thinking, criticism, analysis, problem-solving, as well as teaches how to hold debates, give arguments, and formulate thoughts in a clear and precise way. 

History explains and interprets past events, processes, and phenomena based on analyzed sources, the main research object being people’s acts and products as well as the changes that result from thereof. The purpose of historical pursuit amounts to depicting the past in terms of facts and narratives, and it consists of a critical reflection upon the past stages of the world. History examines also the notions of evolution (language and culture included), climate, and deephistory, the latter presenting people and their creations on the neurobiological level.   

Linguistics involves creative, ethical, and interdisciplinary means of identification, description, and explanation of language phenomena with the corresponding social, cultural, and civilization grounding. As the object of linguistic pursuit, language is taken to be a tool and an expression of public discourse, with its socially- and humanistically-oriented analysis serving to deepen the researcher’s self-awareness and to address the issues that appear vital for the academic community as well as whole societies. 

As a broadly understood study of literary phenomena, literature examines literary and historical processes, native and foreign writers’ output, specificity, and reception of literary works, and it formulates theories and methodologies of literary criticism. Contracting numerous relationships with other disciplines creates an interdisciplinary and culturally unbound research space for the researcher’s self-reflection, the appreciation of traditional and current literature, and of the role literature plays in shaping modern societies. 

Culture and Religion Studies offer reflections upon selected domains and areas of culture as well as a critical analysis of texts and phenomena of culture. As grounded in the heritage of cultural studies and cultural anthropology, the program is interdisciplinary in character and, thus, includes the issues of traditional culture, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, socio-cultural transformations, national and ethnic minorities, intercultural communication, and modern culture in its popular, digital, or visual dimensions. 

Music embraces a discipline of art that finds its expression in the universal language of sounds. As it involves an important cultural behavior, it proves to be an indispensable element of human existence. It is this universalism that facilitates unconstrained creative expression as well fosters intercultural non-verbal communication. The object of research is a work of music taken in all of its aspects and examined on respective levels of its functioning, from being designed as a composition to being performed as a novel and original interpretation. This analysis is aided by both theoretical insights as much as actual sound recordings. The doctoral students are, then, invited to develop their creative potential and personality within the truly multi-dimensional discipline.         

As an artistic discipline, Fine Art and Art Conservation deal with the broad notion of visuality, which includes design, visual communication, and, first of all, artistic creativity understood as a tool of examining/understanding reality in its morphological and semantic complexities. In that, the program offers a space for creative reflection on selected aspects of nature, man, society, culture, politics, religion, and it contributes to and enriches the cultural heritage of nations. Inviting applications, hybrid and interdisciplinary ones included, of classical and modern art media, various conventions, and means and techniques of artistic expression, it also leaves the door wide open for a creative person’s self-realization.   


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