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National PhD course in History - Time for historians/Time to be historians

Date: November 18-19, 2021
Time: November 18, 2021 - 11:00-17:30 - dinner at 18:30
November 19, 2021 - 09:30-13:30
Place: November 18, 2021 - 11:00-17:30
11:00-13:00 in O99
13:00-18:00 in  adjacent rooms  (O94 - O95 - O99 - O77)

November 19, 2021 - 09:30-13:30 in meeting room Comenius
 Speakers: We have invited Professor Jakob Egholm Feldt (RUC) as key note speaker.
Further presentation and feedback will be offered by:
Associate Professor, Charlotte Appel (Aarhus University)
Professor, Ulrik Langen (Copenhagen University) 
Professor, Nils Arne Sørensen (SDU) 
Registration: By mail to secretary, Jeanet Dal at mail: 
Deadline for registration: Before October 15, 2021 
When registering please provide your full name, email adress, affiliation and which course 
you are signing up for. 
Course fees: The course is free for students enrolled in one of the participating PhD-Programme from the
Universities of Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Roskilde and SDU, including lunch (Thursday),
dinner (Thursday), and grap-and-go-lunch (Friday), as well as coffee and tea.
Accommodation:  Participants must organize accomodation themselves.
If you need to book a hotel and would like us to do he reservation (to ensure the best price)
Please note this when you register.  
 ECTS: The course is offered in three versions: 
Full course with paper: 1,5 ECTS
Day One with paper: 1 ECTS
Day One without paper: 0,5 ECTS



Time for historians/Time to be historians
National PhD course in History

This two day course falls into two distinct parts.


Day One: A temporal turn?

To historians, time is an absolute key concept. As history students, we are taught from day one that historical questions must be framed in time and space. What temporal section of the past do we want to investigate and where? Even so, historians rarely offer explicit reflections on what specific divisions of time do to the historical investigation. What will happen if the temporal cuts are made differently? Or if we change the temporal scale for the topic we are analyzing? Questions as these focusing on how historians make use of time as an analytical category are among those driving the growing interest in time among historians. Not surprisingly, historians have also become more interested in looking into time from actors’ perspectives: how past (and present) lives are organized in various time regimes, how reflections on the past and potential futures are important elements in decision making processes at all levels, and how understandings of time are used for legitimizing and questioning power, be it political, religious, social, or cultural.

Inspired by the growing body of research in this field, most recently manifested in the special issue published by Temp on Time (22, 2021), day one of the course will focus on time from historians’ perspectives. We will open and close the day with key note papers that will introduce and discuss central issues in this field but also illustrate its potentials through concrete examples. However, most of the day will consist of sessions where the participating doctoral students will present and reflect on how they think and operationalize time in their own work and discuss this with their fellow students and senior scholars. Here the format will be a combination of short (1-2 pages) papers and oral presentation of max. 10 minutes.

Day two: Project presentations and experience sharing

Writing a Ph.D.-thesis is a road with many twists, turns and even bumps. It is best understood and approached as a process, and discussions of the project along with sharing experiences and listening to those of others are very important elements in this. Experience sharing will be a key activity on the second day of the course with first year doctoral students at the center. In the first and main session, first year doctoral students will present and discuss their project with fellow students but also senior scholars who are not their supervisors. Having projects scrutinized constructively and critically from an outsider’s perspective is a well-tested efficient way to consolidate a project but can also help open the project to new perspectives and thinking. A second session will focus on experience sharing where 3rd-6th term students give examples of how their projects have changed along the way. As on day one, the activities on day two will centered papers and oral presentations presented by the doctoral students. First year students should submit the project outline offered as part of your PhD-plan while the oral presentation should center on what you see as the main challenges in the project. The oral presentation should not exceed five minutes.

The aim of this as of all other ph.d.-PhD-courses is to generate knowledge, insights, and inspiration for all participants. This is typically achieved by reading, listening to, and discussing with others. Establishing, nurturing, and expanding networks that is another key vehicle for this. This makes it important to ensure that there is time at lunch tables, coffee breaks and the common dinner at the end of day one. The organizers will do their very best to meet this challenge.

On participation:

In choosing ‘the temporal turn’ we have aimed at a topic of interest for all historians and welcome applications from doctoral students at all levels – from those who have just received their grant to those who are on the brink of handing in their dissertations. Presentation of papers on Day One is, however, limited to PhD students in their 2nd or 3rd year. As stated above, 1st year students participating are to present their project on Day Two. As both experience-sharing and networking are lifelong projects we hope that experienced students will participate in Day Two, as well, but it will be possible to only sign up for the first day.

Thus, the course is offered in three versions

  • Full course with paper 1,5 ECTS
  • Day One with paper 1,0 ECTS
  • Day One without paper 0,5 ECTS

Suggested readings:

Temp 22: Tid

Christopher Clark, Time and Power, Princeton 2019 (esp. Introduction, 1-18 + 227-234)


Speakers and organizers:

We have invited Professor Jakob Egholm Feldt (RUC) as key note speaker.
Further presentations and feedback will be offered by Associate Professor Charlotte Appel (Aarhus University), Professor Ulrik Langen (Copenhagen University) and Professor Nils Arne Sørensen (SDU).


The course is free for students enrolled in one of the participating Ph.D.-programmes from the universities of Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Roskilde and SDU, including lunch (Thursday), dinner (Thursday), and a grap-and-go lunch (Friday), as well as coffee and tea.

Participants must organize accommodation themselves. Among options are:

If you need to book a hotel and would like us to do the reservation (to ensure the best price), please note this when you register.




Sidst opdateret: 13.09.2021