Call for Applications: 7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Researchpublished: February 16, 2017
A call for applications to the 7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences is now open. The summer school will take place between July 16th and 27th 2017, in Berlin, Germany, on the topic of ‘Linking Theory and Empirical Research’.
The summer school aims to support young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week programme creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.
In the first week, participants address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. Participants strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the programme, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: “External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads”.
The programme is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.
The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Dorothee Bohle (Central European University), Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University), Sanjay Reddy (New School for Social Research), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).
The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. It also receives generous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Details on travel grants and tuition fees can be found on the webpage.
The international summer school is open to 50 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2017.
The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. For more information, please visit www.berlinsummerschool.de.
If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.