Research Workshop of the Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality
The “Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality ” will hold a regular research workshop in the WS 2017/2018 for the Centre’s own doctoral candidates. The aim is to support junior researchers in the thematic field of globalisation, European integration and interculturality and to help them gain admission to doctoral programmes.
One group-based, 1- to 2-day research workshop will take place every semester for all professorial members and doctoral candidates from the Doctoral Research Centre. In this workshop, doctoral candidates will present and discuss the progress of their respective dissertations. The sessions are based on a peer-based working principle, in which doctoral candidates suggest the discussion of methodological, theoretical, and content-related aspects of their own research. Peer feedback will be presented and discussed in the group under the guidance of the professors. Equally important is the mutual support of the doctoral candidates.
The Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality thus promotes regular meetings and dialogue among junior social science researchers at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. The Doctoral Research Centre plans to invite external academics to give expert presentations at the research workshop, if required.
Gender and Diversity Studies Doctoral Colloquium
The Gender and Diversity Studies doctoral colloquium takes place under the aegis of the Doctoral Research Centre with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality. The “Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality ” will hold a regular research workshop in the WS 2017/2018 for the Centre’s current doctoral candidates as well as for students interested in doing a doctorate at the Centre. The Gender and Diversity Studies doctoral colloquium is aimed at the doctoral candidates of Prof. Dr Bauschke-Urban, and, upon consultation, other prospective doctoral candidates. The doctoral colloquium will address all questions relating to the planning, execution and completion of a doctoral project, and will discuss the theoretical and methodological approaches to doctoral research. The colloquium enables doctoral candidates to regularly report on the progress of their research and engage in peer-to-peer exchanges with other doctoral candidates.
Reading Group: Sociological Theories
This reading course is designed to expand upon selected sociological thematic areas and theories. To this end, sociological texts will be extensively discussed and reflected upon. The theoretical approaches to be discussed in the course will be collectively selected by the participants at the start of each semester. Selection is based on the topicality and relevance for participants’ research work. The course is conducted like a reading group: regular participation, thorough preparation and active participation in the discussions are considered a prerequisite for insightful collaboration.
Doctorate Foundation Course
The Doctorate Foundation Course is a block course that covers the initial phase of taking a doctoral degree in terms of theory and practice. It is aimed both at students who intend doing a doctorate, as well as doctoral candidates just starting their doctorate. The first part of the course looks at how a doctorate should be structured and organised and what should be taken into account. Based on the progress of the participants’ doctoral projects, fundamental questions and work activities will first be discussed, including questions of formal organisation and financing. Building on this, the second part of the block course discusses how to plan the actual doctorate, from clarifying the topic and formulating the research proposal, planning subsequent activities and the role of the supervisor. In the third part of the course, the doctoral projects of the participants are presented and discussed in depth. In the discussion, outstanding questions and further required activities are identified and practical research tips given. In the fourth and final part of the course, the participants draw up a schedule based on the work completed over the weekend. This schedule is presented and discussed. Finally, there is a feedback session for participants and the tutor.
Globalisation and Development - Contemporary Debates
Nowadays, we are well aware of the fact that there are very different, often contested notions of development. While modernist notions of progress tend to dominate economic perspectives, social sciences have promoted a wide range of approaches. There are many other alternative ways of thinking about human progress and of envisioning what society should look like in future. These approaches do not simply concentrate on individual desires or preferences, but relate to particular systems of ideas that locate the individual in society. We will work towards a more thorough understanding of how development could and possibly also should be conceptualised in the globalised world and examine approaches that look to move beyond simplifying dichotomies such as coloniser/colonised, developed/underdeveloped, north/south, and so on.