Summer School - Boundaries in Science and Higher Education (Research)

9.-13.10.2017, International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel), University of Kassel, Germany


Globalization has brought about the idea of a borderless world, and new realities of a globalized academic world are emerging. Nevertheless, boundaries in science and higher education (research) are ubiquitous and ambiguous. Geographical boundaries still matter, and we continue to face boundaries between disciplines and terminologies, the public and the private sector, organizations, career systems, methodological and theoretical approaches, as well as generations. These boundaries often limit our research and our ability to be innovative. But they may also enable original approaches and relevant new results. Also, important research questions relate to what constitutes these boundaries, how they affect process and outcomes of scientific research, how to harness them and whether to expand or realign them. Accordingly, the 2017 Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies addresses questions related to different boundaries:

  • How to conduct international comparative research in a world where social spaces become more and more global?
  • How can boundaries help to identify causal effects in empirical research?
  • How can we advance our methods and methodological frameworks connecting micro-, meso-, and macro-level and mixed-method approaches?
  • How can we benefit from interacting across the boundaries of fields and disciplines?
  • How does the globalization of higher education relate to national academic labor markets?
  • How does the geographically bounded university organization survive in an era of digitalization?
  • How does the interaction of different kinds of research organizations, both public and private, reshape the boundaries between them?

The summer school’s keynotes lectures and workshops will reflect on these and related questions from theoretical, methodological, and practical perspectives. Invited speakers and participants from German and international higher education research and science studies will establish a constructive and critical dialog discussing, transcending and pushing forward the boundaries that cross our work and our field(s).

Keynote Lectures

Professor Dr. Gili S. Drori, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel


International and national scholars from higher education research and science studies will facilitate workshops (names to be announced soon). 

Call for Participation

Participants are invited to contribute a paper presentation or interactive poster to the summer school program, but of course, participants without own presentation are also welcome. Submissions for presentations and posters could cover the summer school topic and related questions but are not restricted to it. Paper presentations will have 20 minutes plus discussion. Each poster presenter will have 5 minutes for the poster presentation. After the presentation, the facilitator will open the discussion with the audience.

Application and Abstract Submission

Please apply and – in case you would like to participate with a presentation or poster – submit an abstract (about one page) by June, 16th 2017 to Letters of acceptance will be sent by July 3rd, 2017 as well as detailed information about the location, conference schedule and accommodation options.


Presenting participants will receive 5 ECTS credits.


The participation fee is € 75 to cover coffee breaks, lunches and conference dinner.