European Graduate School

The European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland is a privately-funded graduate school founded by the non-profit European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies (EGIS). Its German name is Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien (EUFIS). The European Graduate School is governed by a Presidential Board that includes a representative of the accrediting state (Swiss canton of Valais).

The EGS was established in 1994 for the purpose of providing continuing education for professionals. The EGS is a graduate and post-graduate degree-granting University of Wallis with three divisions: Media and Communications; Science, Technology and Society; and Arts, Health and Society.

The faculty includes, Giorgio Agamben, Chantal Akerman, Pierre Aubenque, Alain Badiou, Lewis Baltz, Jean Baudrillard, Yve-Alain Bois, Catherine Breillat, Victor Burgin, Judith Butler, Diane Davis, Manuel De Landa, Claire Denis, Tracey Emin, Chris Fynsk, Peter Greenaway, Donna Haraway, Martin Hielscher, Michel Houellebecq, Shelley Jackson, Claude Lanzmann, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Carl Mitcham, Jean-Luc Nancy, Klaus Ottmann, Cornelia Parker, Avital Ronell, Wolfgang Schirmacher, Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Schmidt, Hendrik Speck, Sandy Stone, Fred Ulfers, Gregory Ulmer, Agnès Varda, Victor J. Vitanza, Hubertus von Amelunxen, John Waters, Samuel Weber, Krzysztof Zanussi, Siegfried Zielinski and Slavoj Zizek. Jean-François Lyotard was a guiding spirit during the founding phase.

In recognition of the benefits of international scientific exchange the EGS has established a curricular cooperation with the Graduate School of Music and Theater, Hamburg, Germany. The EGS is accredited by permission of the State Council (Staatsrat) of the Canton Valais, Switzerland, to award recognized Master (M.A.) and Ph.D. (Dr.phil.) degrees which are co-signed by the Valais Minister of Education.

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