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Roots of Europe - language, culture and migrations

PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen

The RoE summer school takes a wide perspective on the origins, possible homeland and subsequent
migrations into Europe of the Indo-European peoples by fusing the disciplines of historical
linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and genetics.

Despite two centuries of intensive research within both archaeology and historical linguistics,
interdisciplinary collaborations are still rare, which sometimes leads to startlingly incorrect
assumptions about the state of the art in the "other disciplines". With the emergence of population
genetics, however, anthropologists and archaeologists have come closer than ever to positing reliable
hypotheses that can and should be compared to the findings of historical linguistics. It is of course only
by combining our disciplines that we can ever approach an answer to the most central question in Indo-
European studies.

The mission of the RoE summer school is to bridge the gaps among the disciplines by inviting a broad
international and interdisciplinary panel of lecturers. The course offers introductory modules into
linguistics, archaeology and population genetics, thus enabling students to engage in more in-depth and
specific modules that deal with the Indo-European question from a linguistic, archaeological and
genetic perspective.

We are very proud to say that this course is unique in the world. You will not find a similar,
interdisciplinary convergence of expertise on this area, where new and ground-breaking results are now
emerging at an unprecedented pace.

Read more about the summer school including preparation, programme, exam etc:

ECTS: 7.5 including presence, exam and paper + presentation.

Max. number of PhD students: 10.

Fees and expenses: The PhD School will pay 3.000 DKK per PhD student in order to cover the course fee for up to a maximum of 10 PhD students.

Registration for PhD students: In order to follow this course as a PhD student, you need to prepare a paper and give a 20 minutes presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions which is equivalent to 42 hours of work. Please send an email to and with your name, email, department, faculty, university and an abstract of 300 words before June 1st, 2017.

Further information: For further information, please contact the organizer of the summer school: Dr. Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead,, +45 35 32 86 55


Course dates
24 July 2017 - 06 August 2017
Please see the course description for further information
Karen Blixens Plads 8
Auduitorium 22.0.11 (Building 22, Ground floor, Room 11)
Copenhagen S
7,5 points

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