CfP: ESTER Research Design Course, Cracow, 6-8 November 2017

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May 19, 2017
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Demographic History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Graduate Studies, Social History / Studies

CfP: Research Design Course for PhD students, Cracow, 6-8 November 2017

The European graduate School for Training in Economic and Social historical Research (ESTER) is looking for participants for its annual Research Design Course (RDC). This year the RDC takes place in Cracow (Poland), from 6 to 8 November, 2017. 

The RDC aims to assist PhD candidates in crafting a high-quality research design for their dissertation, under the guidance of a team of leading senior researchers. The goal is to sharpen research questions, increase the focus of the thesis and become aware of the methodological choices that need to be made. In preparation, the PhD students are asked to write a paper of around 25 pages, in which they reflect on the structure of their PhD. Each paper is examined in a separate session of 70 minutes, which starts with a presentation and is followed by comments by a peer commentator and a senior commentator, after which a general discussion ensues. 

The RDC is open to a maximum of 40 PhD students working in social or economic history. They should be at the very least at the end of their first year, and before the methodology is fully established. The working language is English. 

Students should apply online by May 19; more information is available on the ESTER website. The organisation covers the cost of dinners and three nights of accommodation. PhD students from Eastern Europe in particular are encouraged to apply, for whom subsidies are available to cover travel costs and to provide an extra night of accommodation. 

Kind regards,

Bram Hoonhout

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