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Cultural Studies of Production

Apply your theoretical and methodological skills and interests to a research project related to various forms of cultural production at various culture institutions

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Business and Management
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Environmental sciences, Urbanism, Geography
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
3 May - 14 June 2024

The course consists of:

1) a joint week of text seminars and practical workshops to be given in Stockholm,

2) a 4-week long internship at a cultural institution (located in Stockholm, Madrid and Rome),

3) a research project independently conducted during this internship, and

4) joint seminars during the internship and a three-day long final peer-review seminar (all of which are to be held via zoom).

Main topics addressed

  • production studies
  • methodologies
  • work life studies
  • production of culture
  • cultural heritage
  • textual analysis

Learning outcomes

Having completed the course, students are expected:

  • to have developed the capability to practically apply theories and methods that are relevant for their chosen field study;
  • to be able to plan and conduct an internship;
  • to describe and analyze a relevant research problem based on data collected during the internship;
  • to deliver a written report, paper, article or essay;
  • to present their work to the professors and peers students. 
Dates: 3 May - 14 June 2024 Total workload: 180 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 6*
Locations: Stockholm, Sweden; Rome, Italy; Madrid, Spain Language: English, Spanish, Swedish, Italian

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

Physical mobility

During an intensive week (29 April - 3 May 2024), the course brings the students together in Stockholm for text seminars and interactive workshops taking place at the involved culture institutions in the city.


  • traditional seminars focussing on critically discussing texts by prominent scholars dealing with various kinds of culture production;
  • interactive workshops;
  • individual fieldwork;
  • and peer-review assessments,

the course is a compilation of various teaching and learning methods that will help the students develop some of the skills needed for working both inside and outside of the academia.

Virtual part

During the fieldwork carried out at the partner institutions, students and professors will meet once a week via zoom for a half-day seminar to discuss the work that is carried out, including ventilating possible hinders and obstacles, and helping each other overcome them. These seminars will be formative and supportive, and will help students frame their methods and gather the needed material so their work is also useful to the institution involved.

At the end of the course, on 12, 13 and 14 June 2024, when students have finalized writing an article, essay or report about their fieldwork, students and professors will all meet for two full days via zoom for peer-review seminars. These constructive seminars and their discussions will help student improve their work further - especially for those who are interested in trying to publish their article in a journal/ anthology. It will also help students develop their reviewing skills.


This course is open to students enroled in a PhD program within the Humanities or the Social Sciences, at CIVIS member universities. Due to the specific organization of the course - with a 4-week long fieldwork period in either Stockholm, Rome or Madrid - students enrolled in PhD-programs at SU, SUR and UAM will be be given priority. 

Participants should have a good level of written and spoken English (B1 level), critical thinking, knowledge of data analysis - qualitative and quantitative methods, research communication and transferable skills.

Also, a reference letter from PhD supervisor(s) supporting the student in taking this course is mandatory

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Students from CIVIS’ strategic partner universities in Africa cannot apply for participation in this course.

Application process

Send your application by filling in the online application form by 7 November 2023. Don't forget to also include:

  • CV

  • Motivation Letter

  • Document prooving the level of English (According to CEFR)

All applications will be evaluatedd based on the applicant's motivation, PhD project and topic and number of PhD-credits taken by October 2023. 

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Based on their fieldwork, students will take a written exam in the form of an article, essay or a report. After having finished their written exam, they will also have to give an oral presentation on their findings. In addition to that, they will have to carry out a constructive review of other student exams during a final peer-review seminar.

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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Louise Wallenberg, professor of Fashion Studies, Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

Romana Andò, professor of Fashion Studies, Department of History, Anthropology, Religions, Art History and Performing Arts, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Javier Baena Preysler, professor of Archeology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

Jacob Östberg, professor of Marketing, Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden

Rikard Hoogland, professor, Department of Aesthetics and Culture, Stockholm University, Sweden

Antonella Sbrilli, professor, Department of History, Anthropology, Religions, Art History and Performing Arts, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Emanuele Senici, professor, Department of History, Anthropology, Religions, Art History and Performing Arts, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy