PhD in

Critical Theory and Current Society

The Doctoral Program in Critical Theory and Current Society is a multidisciplinary initiative of a group of researchers from different disciplines (History, Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Sociology) in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at Andrés Bello University. The program’s creation stems from the faculty members’ commitment to the advanced training of students and to research in their specific areas of the Humanities and the Social Sciences related the critical study of the individual, corporality, and culture and social and political processes in today’s society.

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Critical Theory and Current Society

We invite you to be part of a program that trains independent researchers and professors.

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Specific Objectives

  • Build a space for critical reflection and rigorous dialogue between the theoretical and methodological perspectives that different disciplines have on the important issues facing current societies.
  • Encourage and support students in the process of developing their own research project as a critical reflection on current societies, particularly Chilean and Latin American societies.
  • Ensure that students develop and apply a creative outlook on the most advanced theoretical and methodological debates in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Guide students through the realization of their own synthesis of disciplines, theories, methods, research interests and main topics of the program.
  • Develop the teaching skills of students to an advanced academic level through real teaching practice in the classrooms of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences.
  • Contribute to the production of top-tier knowledge that is publishable on a national and international level and that enriches the comprehension of current societies.

Graduate Profile

Graduates from the Doctoral Program Critical Theory and Current Society are researchers who, with their specialized theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, are able to problematize and critically analyze each related discipline to develop original knowledge in their field of study, chosen from among the following research areas: Politics of the Body; Current Critical Theory; Social and Political Processes; and Culture, Image and Representation.

Moreover, graduates have abilities and skills that allow them to perform autonomously, responsibly and at the highest level of academic excellence in areas of society, in which research is necessary for forming a critical and broad perspective on key issues facing current society.

On completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • master, at the highest level, the knowledge and current debates in the disciplinary areas of their field of study, strengthening their critical thinking.
  • reflect and critically analyze different scientific sources to make informed judgements and conceptualize and problematize their field of study.
  • evaluate and integrate their specialized knowledge to examine complex issues that face current society.
  • develop original research, applying theories and specialized methods to examine issues that face current society.
  • effectively communicate, verbally and in written form, the results of their research to both expert and generalist audiences.
  • diligently lead interdisciplinary research teams in the areas of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
  • act responsibly and ethically in the development and application of new knowledge in professional and academic contexts.
  • apply communication and methodological skills to transfer knowledge through higher-education teaching.

Areas of Research

The Doctoral Program in Critical Theory and Current Society is framed within four main areas of research, which encompass the research interests of the Academic Faculty: Politics of the Body; Social and Political Processes; Culture, Image and Representation; and Current Critical Theory. The Current Critical Theory research area has a special status, as it serves to link the remaining three areas.

This area is oriented towards identifying and analyzing processes that shape communication and entertainment in our society, explaining their transformations with the rise of modernity and during the digital era. It also pays special attention to the impact of these processes both on the individual as well as society and how they modify our behavior and how we conceive of our relationships with others.

This research area frames the main sociopolitical processes that characterize the contemporary world, analyzing the social structures and the people that configure them. The area places a special emphasis on the issue of the construction and deconstruction of the state, and the role of political agents, whether they are conventional or not. It also seeks to recognize and evaluate the equality and inequality phenomenon, as well as conflict and social cohesion, from sociological, political, economic, territorial and gender standpoints, and using an interdisciplinary approach.

This research area examines the place and status of the body in modernity, particularly considering its meaning and function. It analyzes, in the context of contemporary society, the central debates around the body and its functions and practices, placing special attention on issues related to its characterization and socialization, as well as its meanings and representations. It tries to examine, from a critical point of view, the possibilities and limitations of the body, inscribed in the tension left from disciplinary wisdom developed through the imperative knowledge on one hand, and the practices associated with its construction and management on the other.

The underlying consensus of the program is that a critical perspective is not simply technical and instrumental (that is, based on the logic of a causal explanation to better the control forms and dominance over oneself, others and environment), nor purely interpretative, comprehensive or diagnostic when considering contemporary contexts. Instead, it should, through reflection, try to question not only the how power and dominance present in our societies (in key areas, such as corporality, culture and the mechanisms that reproduce unjust relationships), but also the way these are legitimized, naturalized and justified.

Decree and Regulations

Program Director

Mauro Basaure

PhD in Philosophy. University Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frankfurt, Germany.


Academic Faculty

Stéphanie Alenda

PhD in Sociology. University of Lille I, France. Stéphanie is interested in political sociology, the sociology of the elite, political parties and the left. Since 2018, she has sat on the committee for Political Sociology Research, which is affiliated with the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

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Mauro Basaure

Phd in Philosophy. University Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frankfurt, Germany. Mauro has developed projects and published works in the areas of social and critical theory, recognition studies, philosophy and sociology of time and political violence.

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Solène Bergot

PhD in History. University of Paris 1 Panthéon La Sorbonne and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Solène’s research interests include Chile’s sociocultural history in the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the study of certain social groups (for example, elites and domestic servants) and visual culture (for example, the production and circulation of art and systems of representation).

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Niklas Bornhauser

PhD in Philosophy. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Niklas is a researcher in the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy and language sciences, with a particular focus on translation. He is also interested in critical theory and the relationship between images, body and representation.

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Borja Castro

PhD in Philosophy. Universidad de Murcia, Spain. Borja is interested in the philosophy of alterity and the relationships between ethics and politics in French thought (Lévinas, Abensour and Deleuze) and reception of French thought in Latin America.

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María José Correa

PhD in History. University College London, UK. María José’s work examines the history of science and medicine during the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on mental illnesses, therapeutic medicine and scientific expertise.

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Cristóbal Durán

PhD in Philosophy. Universidad de Chile, Chile. Cristóbal is currently researching the concept of “continuous variation”, focusing on the potential it has to build a theory of multiplicities and multitudes that would allow us to understand different trends involved with individual and collective operations.

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Stéfanie Massmann

PhD in Literature. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile. Stéfanie is interested in cultural phenomena that are in dialogue with critical perspectives based in post-colonial and decolonial theory, in line with the Current Critical Theory research area.

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Fernanda Moraga

PhD in Literature. Universidad de Chile, Chile. Fernanda’s research interests include literature by Latin American and Indigenous Women, Current Critical Theory, the Politics of the Body, feminism, gender and the frontier.

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Leith Passmore

PhD in History. University of Western Australia (UWA). Leith’s research interests include the cultural history of the 20th century, political violence and protest, terrorism, the history of the body, hunger, gender and memory.

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Fernando Valenzuela

PhD in Sociology, University of Luzern, Sweden. Fernando works on the social studies of health, science and art, with an emphasis on the development and implementation of technologies of representation and body intervention.

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Luis Valenzuela

PhD in Literature. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile. Luis’ projects and publications examine Chilean narratives of the 20th and 21st centuries, film and literature, and representations of the image and residue.

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Collaborating Professors

Nicolás Angelcos

PhD in Sociology. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, France.

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Mario Prades

PhD in Modern European History. Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

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Natalia Urra

PhD in Modern History, Centuries XVI-XVIII, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

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Marco Ceballos

PhD in Sociology, Development Sociology. Universidad París 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

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Mauricio Salgado

PhD in Computational Sociology. University of Surrey, UK.

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Francisco Orrego

PhD in Modern European History. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

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Javiera Errázuriz

PhD in Contemporary History. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Scholarships and Financing

Andrés Bello University has different scholarships for its doctoral students, to learn more we invite you to visit the Doctorates home where you will find Scholarships and Financing Opportunities.


Requirements and Application

To begin the application process, you must send a completed digital copy of the Application Form to the program’s office, along with the following documents:

  • A letter describing your interests and the reasons why you wish to apply to the program.
  • Notarized photocopies of your academic degrees.
  • An academic transcript from the last degree you were awarded.
  • A graduate ranking from your undergraduate degree.
  • A birth certificate.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation in PDF format, sent by the people giving the recommendation to the program director, Mauro Basaure ([email protected]).
  • Examples of written work that have been published or accepted to be published (optional).
  • A certificate of English competency (reading comprehension). Certification of overall English level (desirable)
  • A preliminary proposal for the doctoral thesis (maximum 6,000 characters).
  • Two photos with your ID number included.
  • A photocopy of your ID or passport.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a personal interview with the Admissions Committee.

The evaluation criteria for applications are listed in the document “Current Regulations” in articles 14, 15 and 16. The document is available in the Decree and Regulations section.

The application process will be online. Documents must be sent to the following email address: 

Dr. Mauro Basaure

Director of the Critical Theory and Current Society doctoral program

[email protected]