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Ph.D. in Language Studies


The Ph.D. Program in Language Studies ( UCS/Uniritter Ph.D.) was accredited by Capes in November 2010 and it started its activities in the second term of 2011. The Program is offered in a collaborative partnership between Uniritter ( Uniritter Laureate International Universities) and UCS ( Caxias do Sul University) which work together to promote and develop research, teaching and extension activities related to their areas.

The Program has a Graduate Program Coordination and an Adjunct Faculty Coordination and, according to its rules and regulations, they alternate between both institutions every two years. In addition to this, there is a Coordinating Committee formed by the two coordinators ( the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Adjunct Faculty Coordinator) and two faculty members, one from Uniritter and the other one from UCS.

The Program activities are carried out in both institutions. Students can enroll after having passed a selection process held in the institution where they applied for the program. There are 15 available places annually. The selection committee is formed by professors from both institutions. There are a number of disciplines offered at Uniritter and other ones at UCS, so that students can choose freely what disciplines they are going to study according to their research interest areas. Some courses are taught by both Uniritter and UCS professors.

The focus of the Ph.D. Program in Language Studies is Reading and Languages, in this sense it is an interdisciplinary investigation once the reading skill ( or literacy ) applies to the assessment of knowledge in all areas. Written texts are required in the assessment of all languages in their print or digital media and they can be displayed on maps, tables, charts, paintings, movies, and other media. It is expected that the development of the reading skill contributes to the improvement of the analytical, reasoning, and reflection skills about knowledge and experiences which meet people’s needs and, at the same time, broaden their social participation.

Reading and Cultural Processes
Reading and its relation with practices and processes of their own cultural systems. The theoretical basis of proposals and reading policies in the historical, social, and contemporary context.

Reading and Language Processes
The investigation of epistemological and symbolic foundations of verbal language considering the constitution and expression of subjectivity in communication and reading processes.

To produce and disseminate scientific knowledge regarding reading, taking into consideration the different languages and emphasizing the linguistic, literary, and cultural processes.

To develop knowledge about reading in an interdisciplinary context in order to contribute to the training of professors, researchers, and cultural agents.

To contribute to the creation of policies and actions aimed at increasing reading not only in our state, but also in the whole country.

The Uniritter Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Language Studies Programs count on scholarships awarded by CAPES ( full scholarships and institutional scholarships covering 50% of the tuition fees) distributed according to the rules set forth in the Call for Applications, for which eligible candidates must apply.

This Ph.D. Program trains Doctors to be able to:

  • Research about problems related to reading in an interdisciplinary context and apply the knowledge acquired in higher education not only in the training of social agents of reading, but also in the creation of policies and actions aimed at increasing reading in our state and as well as in Brazil/ the country.
  • Train teaching professionals to work in higher education and basic education, capable of conducting critical reflections and intervention proposals regarding the cognitive, social, and cultural aspects involved in reading processes.
  • Interact proactively with the different levels of academic and cultural life, as well as to use the diversity of knowlege and technological tools, in order to carry out research and activities with characteristics of innovation applicable to human and social development .
  • Understand the ethical and social dimension of language and literacy processes, committing themselves to act critically in different contexts of social, educational, and cultural reality in order to promote dialog, respect for differences ,and the construction of citizenship.

The Program is designed to last a minimum of 24 months and a maximum of 48 months, counting from the beginning of the academic year which corresponds to the year the student entered the Ph.D. Program.

Classes take place on Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. at FAPA Campus.

48 x R$ 1.560,00

The Selection and Admission process to the Ph.D. in Language Studies at Uniritter is held once a year, in the second term, so that classes start the following year in the first term. It is open to any holder of an M.A. and students must also prove to be proficient in two foreign languages. The selection is carried out in two stages: (1) analysis of foreign language proficiency certificate, Lattes/CNPq curriculum , and research pre-project ; (2) interview with the successful candidates in the previous stage. The candidate will be asked questions about their pre-project thesis topic, their prior research and job experiences, courses,or projects that have prepared them for the doctoral studies, and their availability for academic activities. The registration period goes up to 30 (thirty) days after the publication of the Call for Applications, which will be available on the Ph.d in Language Studies website . https://www.uniritter.edu.br/doutorado/doutorado-em-letras) and in other means of communication.

In case there are remaining places, a complementary selection call may be issued, as decided by the Selection Committee, appointed by the UniRitter Postgraduate Program Faculty Members. The results of the selection process are only valid for the period specified in the Call for Applications.

Ph.d. Program Coordination

Rejane Pivetta de Oliveira (Uniritter)
E-mail address: [email protected]

Joao Cláudio Arendt (UCS)
E-mail address: [email protected]

Faculty members

Dinora Moraes de Fraga http://lattes.cnpq.br/2667993955051940 Ph.D. in Language Studies/ Linguistics (USP)
Research line :Reading and Language processes
E-mail address: [email protected]

Neiva Maria Tebaldi Gomes http://lattes.cnpq.br/0481910642659591 Ph.D. in Language Studies / Linguistics (UFRGS/ Uiversitàdeglistudi di Roma Tre)
Research line: Reading and Language Processes
E-mail address: [email protected]

NoeliReck Maggi http://lattes.cnpq.br/0806145514743053 Ph.D. in Education (UFRGS)
Research line: Reading and Language Processes
E-mail address: [email protected]

Regina da Costa da Silveira http://lattes.cnpq.br/6993195297457484 Ph.D. in Language Studies/ Literature (UFRGS)
Research line: Reading and Cultural Processes
E-mail address: [email protected]

Rejane Pivetta de Oliveira http://lattes.cnpq.br/3557383494675379 Ph.D. in Language Studies/Literature Theory (PUCRS/Univ. Santiago de Compostela)
Research line: Reading and Cultural Processes
E-mail address: [email protected]itter.edu.br

Valéria Silveira Brisolara http://lattes.cnpq.br/5970899305775622 Ph.D. in Languages and Modern Foreign Literaure (UFRGS)
Research line:Reading and Cultural Processes
E-mail address: [email protected]

Visiting Professor

Regina Zilberman http://buscatextual.cnpq.br/buscatextual/visualiza... Ph.D. in Romanistics( Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg)
Research line: Reading and Cultural Processes
E-mail address: [email protected]

TheUCS / UniRitter Ph.D. in Language Studies requires the completion of a minimum of 50 (fifty) credits distributed as follows:

  • 36 (thirty-six) credits in disciplines;
  • 02 (two) credits deriving from the publication of scientific articles in a scientific journal in the Qualis System of CAPES.
  • 12 (twelve) credits corresponding to the thesis.

Ph.D students may request the use of credits of disciplines taken in Master’s and Ph.D Programs that were completed not more than eight years ago up to the maximum of 30 credits which were taken in other Postgraduate Programs accredited by CAPES/MEC. ( Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Assessment of Post graduate Education)

Exclusive doctoral disciplines are offered to Ph.D. students, in addition to the disciplines offered by Uniritter Postgraduate Program in Language Studies and UCS Postgraduate Program in Language Studies, Culture, and Regionalism.The disciplines take place in the institution where the professor is accredited, which may imply that students enrolled at Uniritter have to go to UCS and vice-versa. The disciplines that make up this PH.D. Program structure, valid in 2014, are listed below with their respective sylllabus.

Anthropology of Reading - 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

Reading as contact and cultural translation. Negotiation of meanings, taking into consideration social, cultural, and aesthetic differences. Reading practices, cultural processes,and alterity relations.

Narrative construction - 3 credits

Study of the poetics of the narrative, from Aristotle to post-structuralism, focusing on the construction processes of its different forms, literary, and non-literary.

History of Authorship: from the author to the reader - 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

History of authorship. The beginning and the climax of the author. The deaths of the author. The birth of the reader. The rebirth of the text. Contemporary theories about authorship and their relations to reading.

History of Reading and Writing in Brazil – 3 credits (UCS)

Sociocultural analysis of the historical process of the Brazilian writing , associating it to economic model of exploitation of Brazil during the colonial, imperial, and republican periods.

The Understanding of Narrative – 3 credits (UCS)

Analysis of the different approaches of the reception of the narrative, with emphasis not only on meaning of its forms , but also on its thematic relations.

Cultural Memory and Identity – 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

Study of the relations between the cultural imaginary and the identity construction in the Brazilian and African literary works of the Portuguese language.

Sociology of Reading – 3 credits (UCS)

Study of the issues related to the book as a cultural process mediator from a sociological perspective, from the production study, circulation, mediation, and reception of literary works in regional and supraregional contexts.

Reception Theory and Feminine Reading – 3 credits (UCS)

Investigation, analysis, and discussion of the basic concepts of the reception theory. It also examines, analyzes, and discusses the basic concepts related to the feminine reading processes: the woman as a reader and gynocritics.The insertion of the feminine reading process, from the reception theories as a contribuition to the writing of a literature history.

History Topics of Reading – 3 credits (UCS)

The study of reading through written materials, the reading mediators, and types of reading (erudite, religious, and popular). Reading functions in different time periods: coercion, indoctrination, education, leisure, and liberation. The relationship between the text and the reader through reading pacts, representations, and images of reading. Reading conceptions in the western society.

Reading Theory Topics – 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

Literature and reading representation; the reader’s emancipation; aesthetic of reception; reading and its effect on the reader; the role of school; literacy and reader formation; sociology of reading; social history of reading ; reading and the new technologies; reading in Brazil.


Reading in a functional view of language – 3 credits (UCS)

The text as confluence of linguistic, cognitive,sociocultural,and situational elements. Analysis of the linguistic component – grammar and lexis- with its uses in the construction and understanding of meaning. Discussion of a functional view of grammar and lexis in the processes of negotiation of meaning in reading.

Digital culture and the reading practices – 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

Reflection on the relationship between culture and technology searching in the cultural history references to discuss the reading practices set by current technologies.

Symbolic function and language – 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

The study of the genesis of the symbolic function in the psyquic constitution of the subject, ways of expressing subjectivity and the relationship with the learning processes.

Reading in the mother tongue and foreign language - 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

Reading in language teaching. Linguistic and cultural aspects of teaching. Reading in different genres. Reading in the interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective.

Reading in the enunciative perspective - 3 credits (UCS)

Study of reading in light of the assumptions made by Ferdinand de Saussure, Émile Benveniste, and Oswald Ducrot. Analysis of reading as an enunciative situation: components and discursive functions. Investigation of different approaches to the constitution of meaning in reading. Analysis of the discourse as the locus of the self / other relation and polyphonic and argumentative production/constitution of meaning.

Developmental processes of reading and writing - 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

The study of the theoretical contributions of sociodiscursive interactionism, aiming at the understanding and mediation of the reading and writing processes. Discussion of conceptions implied in these processes: sociocultural conception of cognition, language and subject.

Processes and Interfaces of Onomastics - 3 credits (UCS)

Toponyms - real and symbolic - as references for the reading of the media in which they appear and its historical and cultural context.

Inferential processes in reading: models and applications - 3 credits (UCS)

Inference: concepts. Inferential processes, typologies and reasoning: interfaces with semiotics philosophy, linguistics, psychology. Inferences and genres / text typologies. Inferences that depend on culture: interfaces with anthropological studies. Applications: inferences in reading processes (multimodal). Theoretical models (or approaches) in Language Philosophy, Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Pragmatics: contributions, interface possibilities, and controversies.

Theories of enunciation - 3 credits (UNIRITTER)

Subject and meaning construction. The traces of subjectivity in language. Consequences of enunciative perspectives for language studies. Enunciation and subjectivity in reading practices.