HERSS Summer School 2020: "How to Make Theory Work in Higher Education Research and Science Studies"

07.-11. September 2020, Leibnizhaus Hannover

How do you do theory? While the craft of methods and empirical work more generally is often made explicit in higher education research and science studies, theory work usually remains implicit. The aim of the summer school is to make explicit how we work with theories, and how we make them work. We would like to discuss the craft of theorizing, explore routines and strategies of doing theory, think about opportunities and blind spots of theory work, and uncover the positions and relations theories can have in our research. The summer school will give early career researchers in higher education research and science studies the opportunity of a reflexive hands-on approach to theory. It will provide a context to reflect the theory work in one’s own research and discuss it with eminent scholars of theorizing in the fields of higher education research and science studies and beyond.

The summer school addresses particularly PhD students, early-career postdocs, and science policy experts/practitioners. The summer school will give early career researchers in higher education research and science studies the opportunity of a reflexive hands-on approach to theory. It will provide a context to reflect the theory work in one’s own research and discuss it with eminent scholars of theorizing in the fields of higher education research and science studies and beyond. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss theory-related questions regarding their own projects based on a presentation or a poster and receive expert feedback on their work. Participation without presentation or poster is also possible if announced in advance (the presentation of one’s own project is binding, please avoid short term cancellations). Presentations and posters should address the summer school topic and related questions. Presentations can take up to 20 minutes plus discussion time. Poster presenters will have two rounds of presentation (5 minutes) and group discussion (10 minutes). Posters will remain exhibited throughout the summer school period.

Further information can be found on the conference homepage (external link).