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PH.D. COURSE: BECOMING A RESEARCHER

Date: The course consists of three moddules:
Module 1: October 26-27: Getting Things Done: A System for Time Management
Module 2: November 16: Becoming a researcher: Your identity and social and personal development
Module 3: December 11: Emotions and the culture of emotions in academia **Posponed**
Modul 3 : February 26, 2021 , Cancelled / New Date: March 10th 9:00 – 12.30.

Described in detail below. 
Papticipation: Partial attendance for individual modules is possible, but preference will be given to students 
registering for and participating in all the modules in the course.
The course is scheduled to take place in person at SDU, but if stricter restrictions on social interaction
are implemented to curb corona infections, the course will take place online. 
Registration: Was before October 19. 
ECTS: The course as a whole gives 2.25 ECTS credits. 
ECTS for individual modules are indicated in the descriptions below. 
 For information: For questions about the course, contact Associate Prof. Cindie Maagaard at cindiem@sdu.dk
For questions about registration, contact Program Secretary Jeanet Dal at dal@sdu.dk  

 

PH.D. COURSE: BECOMING A RESEARCHER

As a Ph.D. student, you are learning to become a researcher through a continual process that involves not only academic, but also personal and social development that continues even beyond the years of your Ph.D. project. Navigating through the expectations, culture and social structures of the academic world and finding your place in it is full of rewards as well as challenges. This Ph.D. course aims both to give you some practical tools for managing your time, your project and your work-life balance, and to provide opportunities to reflect on and discuss with others what becoming a researcher means for your identity, your emotions and your socialization in the university context.



Module 1: Time management

  • Monday, October 26th  9:00 – 17:00 in room O96
  • Tuesday, October 27th  9:00 – 15:30 in room O95
  • ECTS: 0.50

This module consists of a 2-day workshop on time management based on the GTD (Getting Things Done) method developed by David Allen. The method involves a 5-step process and practical tools for prioritizing tasks, avoiding procrastination, planning work for the short and the long term, and creating conditions for a good work-life balance. The workshop will be conducted by a consultant from GTD Nordic and will be adapted to address the context of academic life and the needs of Ph.D. students.

Day 1 of the course is an introduction to the method, and day 2 is a more in-depth workshop where focus will be on implementing the method and putting it into practice in relation to your own work.

Limited to 20 participants.


 

Module 2: Becoming a researcher: Your identity and social and personal development

  • Date: Monday, November 16th, 9:00 – 16.30
  • Room: O99
  • ECTS: 1.25

This module consists of a morning and afternoon session.

Morning  9:00 - 12:30
Associate Professor Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell (Philosophy, SDU) and Associate Professor Laura Feldt (History, SDU)

Academic career and publication strategies

In the process of becoming a researcher, the PhD student is immersed in empirical work, in reading up on new subject areas, learning methods, and dissertation writing. But it is worth taking a step back to consider professional roles, possible researcher identities, and publication strategies: What is expected of the academic researcher? Is there more than one kind of career? Can writing publications ever be a normal job? How does one handle the academic work environment, variable professional roles, and navigate the identity-related and emotional work that an academic career and academic publishing may involve?

This workshop forms a framework for discussion activities about identity, roles and strategic choices in research. The aims are to give the participants 1) the opportunity to reflect on their own interests, career choices, and role and identity navigation, and 2) the opportunity to discuss academic publishing, journal reviews, peer review processes, and ways to navigate the social contexts of academic publishing.

The workshop combines short presentations, exercises and discussions. Preparation for the participants before the workshop will consist of the following readings:

  • Bloch, Charlotte. 2012. Passion and Paranoia. Emotions and the Culture of Emotions in Academia.
  • Chapter 5, “The Janus Face of the Peer Review.” The book is also required reading for Module 3. It is available in both Danish and English.
  • Brousseau, Kenneth R., Michael J. Driver, Kristina Eneroth and Rikard Larson (1996). “Career pandemonium: Realigning organizations and individuals”, Academy of Management Perspectives 10(4), 52-66. This text will be sent to participants who register.
  • “How to get an article published in 20 easy steps”: http://mysite.du.edu/%7Elclark29/20steps.html
  • “Why go to conferences?” http://mysite.du.edu/%7Elclark29/conferences.html

Afternoon 13:15 – 16.30 Professor Ellen Krogh (Education)

Bildung challenges for Ph.D studies and Ph.D. students

Ellen Krogh, em. professor, Department for the Study of Culture, SDU

The aim of the workshop is to explore the relevance and meaning of Bildung as an aim of PhD education, both at a more general level and at the level of your individual PhD projects. I hope for a lively and fruitful session, making us all the wiser about contemporary challenges and opportunities of Bildung processes in PhD education.

To delve deeper into these issues, I need you to do a bit of reading as preparation for the workshop. As you will see from the program, each point of the agenda is tied to a text. I shall introduce these texts along the way, but to be able to participate in the exploration and discussion of the issues raised, you need to have read the texts.

Program for the afternoon

Introduction to workshop:
Presentation session, background and aims of the workshop.

The classical notion of Bildung (cf. Hopmann 2007):
Discussion of its relevance for PhD education

Critical Reflections:
Bildung as a “gravitational force at the center of educational discourse” and the figures of thought associated with its cultural history (Horlacher 2016)

Bildung as perspective, concretized as voice (Krogh forthcoming 2020):
Exploring the relevance of a contemporary Bildung notion for your own PhD projects

Literature:

  • Stefan T. Hopmann (2007). Restrained Teaching: the common core of Didaktik, pp 109-124, European Educational Research Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, 2007 doi: 10.2304/eerj.2007.6.2.109
    [13 pages, excl. references]. This text is available electronically.
  • Rebekka Horlacher (2016). Introduction. The Educated Subject and the German Concept of Bildung. A Comparative Cultural History. London and New York: Routledge. Pp 1-6 
    [6 pages]. This text will be sent to you upon registration.
  • Ellen Krogh (forthcoming 2020). Bildung and Literacy in Subject Danish: Changing L1 Education. In B. Green and P.O. Erixon, eds. Rethinking L1 education. Springer.  [15 pages, excl. references]. This text will be sent to you upon registration.

 



Module 3: Emotions and the culture of emotions in academia

  • Modul 3 : New Date: March 10th 9:00 – 12.30 - Online
    Friday, December 11th, 9:00 – 12.30 **Posponed**
  • Room: O96
  • NEW DATE: Friday, February 26th , 2021, 9:00-12:30 - **Cancelled**
  • Online
  • ECTS: 0.50

Module 3 — Postponed from the fall semester 2020 (Modules 1 and 2 have been held)

As a Ph.D. student, you are learning to become a researcher through a continual process that involves not only academic, but also personal and social development that continues even beyond the years of your Ph.D. project. Navigating through the expectations, culture and social structures of the academic world and finding your place in it is full of rewards as well as challenges. This Ph.D. course aims both to give you some practical tools for managing your time, your project and your work-life balance, and to provide opportunities to reflect on and discuss with others what becoming a researcher means for your identity, your emotions and your socialization in the university context.

Module 3: Emotions and the culture of emotions in academia

Date:             Friday, February 26th, 2021, 9:00 – 12.30
Place:            Online participation via Zoom

This module consists of a workshop and discussion based on the book Passion and Paranoia — Emotions and the Culture of Emotions in Academia by the sociologist Charlotte Bloch. In the book, Bloch presents her research on the positive and negative aspects of emotions in university life at all levels: the passion that drives academic inquiry and research, as well as the feelings of insecurity, inadequacy and competition that often arise precisely because researchers have so much invested emotionally in their work. The workshop will be led by Associate Professor Cindie Maagaard, Dept. of Language and Communication.

The workshop and discussion will focus on four chapters that students need to read in advance:

Chapter 2, “Theory and Empirical Basis”; Chapter 3 “A Huge Emotional Challenge”; Chapter 6, “The Politics of Laughter” and Chapter 7, “The Academic Lunchroom.”

For preparation, you will need to obtain the book. It is available in Danish, and an English version is available for online reading through the university library.

Reading

Bloch, Charlotte. 2012. Passion and Paranoia. Emotions and the Culture of Emotions in Academia. Ashgate. Chapters 2, 3, 6 and 7.

Available online through the university library.

OR, in Danish:

Bloch, Charlotte. 2007. Passion og paranoia. Følelser og følelseskulturen i Akademia. Syddansk Universitetsforlag. Kapitel 2, 3, 6 og 7.

 

 

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Our events are open free of charge to PhD students from our own program, and from all other programs provided they also offer tuition free of charge to our students. ’Soon-to-be’ Phd students may also attend with permission from the event instructors and the Program Director, whom you should first contact if this applies to you (Cindie Aaen Maagaard at cindiem@sdu.dk). We are also very happy if members of staff wish to attend, particularly PhD supervisors, and will accommodate them in lieu of space. We ask all who attend an event to register. You’ll find the online registration form on the same page as the event description.
http://www.sdu.dk/Forskning/PhD/Phd_skoler/Phd_humaniora/alle_kurser#IGS

Sidst opdateret: 16.02.2021