The Cultural Studies: Why and Why not?

Students gain advanced knowledge of the study of culture and society that highlights how sexuality, race, ability, citizenship, gender, nationality, class and language organize embodied identities, social relations and cultural objects, and emphasizes the linked analyses of these factors in relation to local community formations, transnationalism, (post)(neo)colonialism, and globalization. Students graduate with the interdisciplinary research skills necessary to carry out research and teaching within an individualized specialization. Drawing from 14 departments across the university, the doctoral program in cultural studies at George Mason links social sciences and humanities to explore the production, distribution, and consumption of cultural objects in their social contexts.  With particular focus on theory and method, the work of graduate students and faculty addresses contemporary issues of nationality, class, race, and gender across all forms of culture, past and present. The Cultural Studies Department offers a number of courses, each assigned a 300-level course number, which are designed to introduce students to the foundational texts, writers, schools of thought, and disciplinary questions that make up the field of Cultural Studies. These courses are offered by all the faculty members in the Cultural Studies Department on a rotating basis, and at least one of these courses will be offered every semester. All students are required to take three (3) of these courses during their coursework. Two of them must be completed during their first year of full-time study. Far from being a subject exclusive for experts, at the end of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century science caught the attention of many and the media outlets, especially in Argentina, where the amount of press readers was growing. At the same time, many stories that appeared in the science pages also involved occultism, spiritualism and paranormal phenomena that astonished the public and scientists. Prestigious investigator Soledad Quereilhac researched in mass media outlets of those years — such as La Nación newspaper and the magazine Caras y Caretas — the importance of those pieces of news and analyzed them together with the increasing fantasy stories that were written by renowned authors in her recent book Cuando la ciencia generaba fantasías.

The Copenhagen Doctoral School of Cultural Studies promotes a wide range of international relations and networks for doctoral students through collaborations and joint ventures partners in European and North American doctoral training.

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