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PhD:Civilizations of Asia and Africa
description:Curriculum East Asia
The main purpose of this curriculum is to prepare scholars of history of Far Eastern civilizations, taking the term history in its widest meaning and comprising its linguistic, literary, philosophical and religious, and art historical aspects. These scholars will reach a high level of autonomy in their researches, demonstrate capability of handling sources in original languages, and possess valid means of critical exposition. As regards literature, postgraduate students will be enabled to analyze classic or modern literary works in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, carrying out the textual and philological analysis of one or more works. An important formative goal is to enable the candidates to present their researches in international meetings and conferences, in order to confront their results with those of foreign scholars in Western and Asian countries, with the objective to introduce scientific novelties in their specific fields of study and research.

Curriculum Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia
The main goal is to train experts in the history and culture of that vast and multiform area the core of which is in the Indian subcontinent that stretches, from a linguistical and cultural point of view, to Central Asia including the Tibet as well.
Three different profiles, based on a shared background, are offered: a) Language & culture (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Sanskrit, ancient Iranian languages - together with their respective philosophical, religious and philological disciplines); b) History (Ancient history, Modern and Contemporary history); c) Archaeology & Art History.
For all the three profiles the knowledge of a modern language (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali) or of a classical one (Sanskrit, old Iranian languages) is requested. Among the modern European languages, fluency in English (written and spoken) is requested as well as the working knowledge of a second language (French or German). For those interested in research on Central Asia, the knowledge of the Russian language is necessary. A number of seminars on the culture, both ancient and modern, of the Indian subcontinent and on Central Asia are organized. A period of stay and research abroad, in qualified institution of research, is expected.

Curriculum in Arabic, Iranian and Islamic Studies
The aim of this Curriculum is to train scholars and professionals with expertise in disciplines related to the history, cultures and languages of the countries belonging to the space of the historical development of Islam – as a religion as well as an institutional and cultural system –, with the inclusion of its numerous religious, ethnical and linguistic minorities. Grounded on Italy’s and Rome’s position at the centre of the Mediterranean, and entrenched in the long and prestigious scholarly tradition of Sapienza ‘Oriental School’, this curriculum currently is oriented in particular towards linguistic, literary and historical research projects in the domain of Arabic and Iranian studies, based on knowledge of the Arabic and Persian languages; however, it welcomes research and specializations tied to competence in other Islamic languages (Turkish, Urdu, Berber; Bambara, etc.), within the sound framework of Italian studies on Islamic societies of the classical era and contemporary world.
The curriculum provides a multidisciplinary approach: linguistic, philological and literary on the one hand, with particular specializations in the fields of Arabic dialectology, history of Iranian languages, computational linguistics, written culture of the medieval Islamic world, contemporary literatures; historical and socio-anthropological on the other hand, with special attention towards the dynamics of interaction and transformation of the space of Islam from its origins to the contemporary era, and from the centre of its geographical expansion to its margins. The aim is to guide PhD students not only towards a specialist scholarly career, but also towards a high professional profile, oriented at cultural mediation, cooperation and international relations, according to the needs of modern society and the job market. This curriculum encourages and supports PhD students’ international contacts, through collaboration and co-tutoring agreements with many university institutions and research centres in Europe, the United States and the countries of the Islamic world.

Specifications of Scholarships and available positions

Overall Specifications approved for the course by the Academic Senate

Scolarships Consortia External scholarships Positions
7 0 0 9

Admission Procedure

Qualifications assessment The assessment of qualifications is on the committee.
Candidates' attendance is NOT requested.
The selection committee dispose of 120 scores:
assessment of the qualifications max 60 scores;
oral exam max 60 scores. Assessable qualifications:

1. Research proposal: max 40 scores. For the assessment of the research proposal the committee will take into account: the novelty of the study and depth of analysis (max 10 scores), wide knowledge of the state of the art (max 10 scores), consistency, completeness and clarity of the proposal. Goals, and methodologies intended to be adopted and the results expected (max 10 scores)
Significance of the research proposal for the educational goals of the PhD in Civilizations of Asia and Africa as well as for the educational goals of the chosen curriculum (max 10 scores).

2. Learning Experiences: max 5 scores Advanced studies schools, specialization courses, masters, summer schools, scholarships.

3. Research Experiences and Scientific Publications: max 5 scores. To the abstract, in Italian or in English, of the MA thesis will be assigned max 2 scores. (Only published texts or text already accepted for publication/proofs will be accepted) Type of publication Scores ISI publication (first author) / contribution in a congress 5 ISI publication (co-author) 2 Book or book chapter (author) 5 Book or book chapter (co- author) 2

4. Grade: max 5 scores. In the assessment of the CV the following scores are assigned to the MA thesis grade: Grade Scores 110 with honours 5 110 4 106-109 3 102- 105 2 99-101 1 For those students defending the MA thesis after the assessment of their qualification and before October 30th 2019, the grade point average will be taken into account as follows: Grade point average Scores 29 - 30 5 28 – 28.99 4 27 - 27.99 3 26 - 26.99 2 25 - 25.99 1 <25 0 5. CV: max 5 scores.

The candidate who earns 40/60 scores for the assessment of qualification is admitted to the oral exam.

Oral interview The oral exams goes as follows:

1. verification of the candidate’s knowledge of the history, literature, philosophy, religion and art relevant for the country or the region(s) chosen as focus of the research;

2. Proposal defence;

3. verification of the candidate’s linguistic competences in connection with the chosen curriculum for which one competes (Indian Subcontinent; Arabic, Iranian and Islamic Studies; East Asia) – a good knowledge of a Western language is requested as well;

Foreigner candidates competing for the outnumber admission have to come in person the day of the oral exam for illustrating the research proposal and for conducting an interview with the committee which has assessed the candidate’s qualification.

The assessment will take into account the following points:

1. candidate’s competences, max 30 scores;

2. Research proposal presentation, max 30 scores. The minimum score to pass the oral exam is 40/60. The minimum score to win is 80/120 – this score is given by the sum of the score obtained in the assessment of qualification plus the oral exam.

The selection committee will make a ranking list considering the scores of each candidate for the different parts of the competition. In the ranking list for each candidate is given the chosen curriculum. The selection committee will make a ranking list in order to assign the grants.

contacts and info Referente amministrativo: Dr. Michele Padolecchia

Curriculum studiorum

Graduation date and grade of the Master's degree
detailed list of exams including completion dates and scores of Masters's degree
History of Scholarships, Research Grants (or similar)
Certificates of Foreign Languages
Certificates of participation in post-graduate university courses
certificates of Participation in research groups
certificates of Participation in internships
Other University Awards/Degrees (e.g.: awards in competition, second degree)

Required documentation

degree thesis abstract
research project
first letter of introduction (by a teacher)
The letter has to be uploaded in Pdf format on letter-head paper
mandatory, the letter must be uploaded by the candidate
second letter of introduction (by a teacher)
The letter has to be uploaded in Pdf format on letter-head paper
mandatory, the letter must be uploaded by the candidate
List of publications
description of previous research experience
Motivation letter containing the indication of chosen curriculum (by the candidate )
publications (a single pdf for each publication)

Language Skills

the candidate must know the following languages

Exam Schedule

Qualifications assessment
notesNON è richiesta la presenza dei candidati
publication on notice boardNO
publication on the web siteYes
web siteÀ-DELL’ASIA-E-DELL’AFRICA_nD3555.aspx
date of publication06/09/2019

Oral interview
notesè possibile che la prova si estenda su due giorni consecutivi (25-26/09/2019) qualora i candidati siano particolarmente numerosi
classroomaula riunioni 1
addressCirconvallazione Tiburtina 4
publication on notice boardNO
publication on the web siteYes
web siteÀ-DELL’ASIA-E-DELL’AFRICA_nD3555.aspx
date of publication30/09/2019

Evaluation scale

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