Invitation to open Method reflection workshop

Invitation to open Method reflection workshop

The aim of the method reflection workshop is to raise the consciousness about different and - maybe - common problems about how to build a logical and consistent argumentational structure in a PhD dissertation.

Time

29.11.2018 kl. 09.00 - 15.00

Description

The aim of the method reflection workshop is to raise the consciousness about different and - maybe - common problems about how to build a logical and consistent argumentational structure in a PhD dissertation. The general idea of the workshop is that it is useful and important to make explicit the basic method of one's project. Method is here meant as how you go about doing your project.

What is your research problem? If you have more than one problem, how do they link up with each other? How do you use theory (including the broad role of theory in your project: do you want to test hypotheses, or to develop new theoretical concepts)? Do you use theory as a conceptual framework? What kind of materials are you using or going to use (and of course how are you going to analyze them)? What 'type' of outcome do you expect from your study?

These examples of questions hopefully give you an indication that by method we mean not only data collection and data analysis methods, but more broadly: the logic of the project - how to build up a research argument in a consistent and reasonable way! 'Method' is, accordingly, used in a broad sense at the seminar, and it includes deliberations as how to go about answering the research question(s). The method will thus certainly involve the theoretical perspective chosen, the delimitation and conceptualization of the research area, the types of the empirical materials to be used, and the different ways and strategies of analyzing them, and the types of conclusions expected. In short, method is about linking problems, analysis and results in a clear and consistent manner.

The workshop is an intensive one-day programme and includes a maximum of 8 PhD project method presentations, each followed by a discussion of the method chosen. PhD students who have not already attended this course will have priority. Participants in the workshop will primarily be PhD students from the CGS programme, thus allowing for an intensive student-student and student-teacher interaction. PhD students are asked to write a paper or a synposis between 8 and 15 pages presenting their project and method addressing the questions above, which will be sent out in advance to all participants. The paper givers are asked to make a short oral presentation in 10 minutes at the seminar, followed by a 30 minutes discussion. It is not only useful to present and get feedback on your own project. Looking actively at the methodological aspects of other projects also helps you understand your own method (and maybe its problems).

Lecturers and discussants: Óscar García Agustín and Martin B. Jørgensen.


PRICE AND REGISTRATION

The course is free of charge for PhD-students enrolled at Aalborg University  participants not enrolled at Aalborg University need to pay a fee of 250 DKK. There will be a maximum of 8 participants. Please register at this link before 14 November 2018.  

The course gives 1 ETCS for participating or 2 ETCS if presenting a paper.

Please submit a paper of minimum 8 and maximum 15 pages to Marianne Høgsbro no later than 22 November 2018.

Host

Culture and Global Studies PhD programme, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University

Address

To be announced

Contact

Contact

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Phone: +45 9940 9208
Email: contact@cgs.aau.dk 

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