European/International PhD on Social Representations and Communication

From 2013-2014 International PhD of Sapienza University of Rome, cod. 11133


European/International PhD on Social Representations and Communication
XXXIII cycle, A.Y. 2017-2018, cod. 11133
XXXII cycle, A.Y. 2016-2017, cod. 11133
XIX cycle A.Y. 2013-2014, cod. 11133

Coordinator: Annamaria De Rosa
Duration: 3 years.
Admission: see the PhD web page on Sapienza.

PhD program

The European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication ( represents a progressive educational curriculum for training early stage researchers through research in a cross-disciplinary paradigmatic field inspired by the Social Representations Theory and Communication studies (from the main optic of the social psychology, open to contributions from sociology, communication sciences, anthropology, socio-economic and political sciences, education, environmental studies, and other new trans-disciplinary thematic fields of studies focussed on “social issues”). Co-operation was established at the top institutional level on the basis of the shared Regulations of the European/International Joint Ph.D. in Social Representations and Communication (Inter-Institutional Agreement), signed by representatives of universities who deliver the joint diploma in accordance with the new Regulations on Doctorate approved by the Academic Senate of the co-ordinating university, the University of Rome Sapienza.

The European Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication is a well-established EU consortium (1993) of 24 universities: 17 universities in 9 European countries (AT, CH, CZ, ES, FR, IT, PT, RO, UK), institutionally linked to other 7 Universities in North America (Canada, USA), in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico) and in China, to 1 National Research Institute IFSTTAR and to 2 small enterprises in Sweden and Italy specialised in the field of communication, new media and distant interactive training via web. The European/International Joint Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication awards a joint doctoral degree by six Universities in four European countries: Sapienza Università di Roma, IT; Université de Provence, Université Montpellier III e Université Lyon 2, FR; Masaryk University, CZ; University A.I. Cuza, RO.

The main thematic area of this European Ph.D. and its related So.Re.Com. network of excellence is a paradigmatic area of Social Psychology inspired by the Social Representations Theory and Communication studies. The Social Representations Theory is one of the 20th century's most important theories of the social construction of knowledge. The study of social representations, originally specifically European, is currently a multilingual, world-wide discipline with a substantial body of literature. It involves leading scholars from both social psychology and the social sciences: sociology, anthropology, education, economics, linguistics, semiotics and communication and media studies. The field of Social Representations represents a unifying meta-theoretical perspective on the social construction of knowledge and its relation to socially situated practices.

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