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Doctoral School / UAM

Human Sciences: Geography, Anthropology and African and Asian Studies

Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias Humanas: Geografía, Antropología y Estudios de África y Asia
This research doctorate programme, with interdisciplinary character, aims to achieve the development of the in-depth knowledge of key areas of the Human and Social Sciences, prioritizing the analysis and the critical diagnostic of the socioeconomic, cultural, political, environmental and territorial reality, as well as the proposal of alternatives and future projects for global issues.
This PhD promotes the research on the phenomena and the problems of the population, the multiculturalism, the migration, the globalization, the development and citizenry, the ideological, cultural and identity values and expressions of the different communities, the places, landscapes and territorial structures, the environmental, and the conservation policy. In the same way, it considers: a) the processes, policies and agents working on a global scale, in the urban, rural and natural world; b) area studies, especially at European, Arab Muslim, East Asian and Latin American level.
The programme intends to cover the needs of those interested in a specialized training in any of the thematic or disciplinary fields mentioned in the title, in its theoretical, methodological and applied aspects, as well as considering different ways of multidisciplinary instruction.
According to the European Higher Education Area, this PhD encourages the creation of an international academic environment that implies a scientific and a humanistic education, in order to prepare our participants to analyze and understand that phenomena and processes, but also to transfer the knowledge gained to the governmental, academic, civic and business organizations. 
Research lines:


Analysis and assessment of the natural world
Human processes and landscapes in rural and urban areas
Spatial planning, development and environment
Theory, methods and technologies in Geography
Social building of inequality: class, gender and ethnic relationships
Migrations, identities and intercultural relationships
Postcolonial studies and socio- critical thought
Poverty, exclusion and human rights
Arab and Islamic Studies
Contemporary political processes in the Arab and Islamic world
Islamic Thought
Sociology of Contemporary Islam: gender, migration, Islamophobia
Arab ideologies and cultural expressions
Asian Studies
Society and religion in Pre-modern China
Japanese Oral Narrative
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
Contemporary East Asia: Socio-economic trends, anthropological issues, micro histories of cross-cultural relations, artistic identities

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