Anthropology

Anthropology

The PhD in Anthropology of the Universidade de Lisboa (DANT.ULISBOA) is a joint programme of the Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS) and the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), with the colaboration of the Faculdade de Letras (FLUL).

The doctoral programme brings together the two Schools of ULisboa that conduct teaching and research in anthropology. The collaboration of FLUL adds to the PhD a productive dialogue with comparative cultural and postcolonial studies.

Objectives

DANT is a four-year research-oriented programme. The first year, propaedeutic and probationary, has a teaching component that accompanies the work of consolidating the thesis project, under individual supervision. Subsequent years are dedicated to research development and thesis writing, with permanent and personalized guidance, and regular presentation and discussion of ongoing work and results in research seminars.

We welcome students who wish to develop innovative research using different methodologies, from fieldwork to archival research. We also encourage the plurality of themes and theoretical approaches, within the heritage of anthropology and in its intersections with other social sciences and humanities.

DANT.ULisboa professors and PhD students carry out research in several countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, mainly, but not exclusively, in countries with historical relations with Portugal and in the respective diasporas. Our research privileges theoretically informed ethnographic practice and comparative study, as well as attention to the historicity of social life, the dynamics of power and differentiation and the processes of sociocultural transformation, both past and contemporary.

At DANT.ULisboa, students find a dynamic and internationalized scientific community and enjoy the circulation of researchers and the research networks established with several universities of international importance in the field of anthropology and the social sciences in general.

We aim to train qualified anthropologists, capable of mobilizing the discipline's cognitive capital, its exposure to cultural diversity and its methodological creativity, in order to respond to contemporary challenges, identifying problems, equating research programmes and developing or mediating interventions with social impact.

For more information, you can consult the Page of the Programme or contact the coordination via e-mail: João Vasconcelos

Specialties

The degree of Doctor in Anthropology is awarded in the specialties of Anthropology of Material Culture, Anthropology of Economics and Labour, Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics, Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism, Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, or Anthropology and History.

Scientific Committee

Fátima Amante (ISCSP, coordinator), João Vasconcelos (ICS, coordinator), Elsa Peralta (FLUL), Marina Pignatelli (ISCSP), Nuno Domingos (ICS).

Academic Calendar 2022/2023

Lessons and seminars will begin on 26th September 2022 and end on 14th July 2023.

Course Plan

The PhD in Anthropology has a total duration of 8 semesters, corresponding to 240 ECTS credits.

The first year consists of theoretical and methodological training courses and project and research seminars. In the end of this academic year, propaedeutic and probationary, students will present the thesis projects that they wish to develop.

Thesis proposals are submitted and evaluated by the end of the academic year, in late June.

The remaining six semesters correspond to the preparation of the dissertation (132 ECTS credits), along with participation at the Research (writing-up) Seminars (30 ECTS credits) and at the Postgraduate Studies Seminars (18 ECTS credits).
 

1st YEAR, 1st SEMESTER

History and Theory of Anthropology – 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Ethnographic Research Methods – 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Research Project in Anthropology I – 20 hours of presential tutorials, 280 hours of individual work, 10 ECTS 
Research Seminar in Anthropology I – 20 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Postgraduate Studies Seminar – 8 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 

1st YEAR, 2nd SEMESTER

Public Anthropology of the Environment (Research Areas in Anthropology I) - 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS
Person and Sociality (Research Areas in Anthropology II) - 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Research Project in Anthropology II – 20 hours of presential tutorials, 280 hours of individual work, 10 ECTS 
Research Seminar in Anthropology II – 20 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Postgraduate Studies Seminar – 8 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 

2nd, 3rd AND 4th YEARS

Dissertation – research and writing. 20 hours of presential tutorials and 22 ECTS credits per semester
Research Seminar in Anthropology III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII – 20 seminar hours and 5 ECTS credits per semester
Postgraduate Studies Seminar – 6 seminar hours and 3 ECTS credits per semester

Requirements

The following are admitted as candidates:

a) Holders of Master degrees or legal equivalent in the field of History or any other field in the Social Sciences and Humanities, giving preference to candidates with research experience in History.

b) Exceptionally, holders of a bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent, provided that they have a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum and that they present letters of recommendation that demonstrate their ability to carry out this cycle of doctoral studies.

Applications

Applications for the academic year 2022/2023 will be held at ISCSP-ULisboa.

Call                             Deadlines
1st Call
Applications                1st February to 18th March 2022
Results                        1st April 2022

2nd Call
Applications                4th April to 15th July 2022
Results                        29th July 2022

3rd Call
Applications                22nd August to 9th September 2022
Results                        16th September 2022

Admission

Applicants are submitted online and must include the following documents:

  • a) Bachelor's, Master's and other academic qualifications, including academic transcripts mentioning the grades obtained;
  • b) Copy of the master's dissertation (preferably in electronic format) and, if applicable, copies of the Bachelor’s dissertation and published works;
  • c) Detailed curriculum vitae;
  • d) Indication of the specialty in which the candidate intends to pursue a PhD (Anthropology of Material Culture, Anthropology of Economics and Labour, Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics, Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism, Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, or Anthropology and History);
  • e) Research project that does not exceed 20 pages, indicating the object of study, the methodology and the research objectives, duly problematized based on reference bibliography in contemporary debates in anthropology;
  • f) Two letters of recommendation, explaining the context of the candidate's academic and/or professional relationship with the person who recommends him/her and considering the suitability of the candidate's profile for the thesis project proposed to be developed in the Doutoramento em Antropologia da Universidade de Lisboa;
  • g) Certificate of independent command of the English language at the level of written and oral comprehension, or self-assessment of English proficiency using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as a standard.
  • h) Letter of intent, setting out the reasons that lead the candidate to choose the PhD in Anthropology at the University of Lisbon.

Applications will take place only online. If you already have an ISCSP-ULisboa account, you should use your credentials to apply at: https://fenix.iscsp.ulisboa.pt. If you have never been an ISCSP-ULisboa student, you must register at: https://fenix.iscsp.ulisboa.pt/accountCreation.

Tuition Fees

The yearly tuition fee is 1375 €, from the 1st to the 4th year.
From the 2nd to the 4th year, the tuition is paid to the institution your supervisor belongs to.