Motiv

Current Summer School 2020

Topic

How to Make Theory Work in Higher Education Research and Science Studies

How do you do theory ? While the craft of methods and empirical work more generally is often made explicit in higher education research and science studies, theory work usually remains implicit. The aim of the summer school is to make explicit how we work with theories, and how we make them work. We would like to discuss the craft of theorizing, explore routines and strategies of doing theory, think about opportunities and blind spots of theory work, and uncover the positions and relations theories can have in our research. The summer school will give early career researchers in higher education research and science studies the opportunity of a reflexive hands-on approach to theory. It will provide a context to reflect the theory work in one’s own research and discuss it with eminent scholars of theorizing in the fields of higher education research and science studies and beyond.

Further Information

The Summer School 2020 is postponed and will take place from September 6 to 10, 2021.

Host

The summer school addresses particularly PhD students, early-career postdocs, and science policy experts/practitioners. The summer school will give early career researchers in higher education research and science studies the opportunity of a reflexive hands-on approach to theory. It will provide a context to reflect the theory work in one’s own research and discuss it with eminent scholars of theorizing in the fields of higher education research and science studies and beyond. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss theory-related questions regarding their own projects based on a presentation or a poster and receive expert feedback on their work. Participation without presentation or poster is also possible if announced in advance (the presentation of one’s own project is binding, please avoid short term cancellations). Presentations and posters should address the summer school topic and related questions. Presentations can take up to 20 minutes plus discussion time. Poster presenters will have two rounds of presentation (5 minutes) and group discussion (10 minutes). Posters will remain exhibited throughout the summer school period.

Further Information

Programme

Registration

We will issue a second Call for Papers for the postponed summer school towards the beginning of 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

Further Information

Fee

The participation fee of 120 Euros is to be paid upon acceptance to the summer school. Bank details will be provided with the acceptance letter.

Amenities

  • Coffee, lunch, and conference dinner are included. Vegetarian and vegan food will be available.
  • The Summer School offers a limited number of Travel Grants. The Travel Grants are for participants who can attest not to have other means available to cover their travel expenses. Actually incurred travel costs directly related to the participation in the Summer School 2020 can be reimbursed up to 500 Euros (up to 2000 Euros in exceptional, well justified cases for non-European participants). Please apply for a Travel Grant on the registration form.
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