Dissertation writing workshop

How to write a high-quality PhD dissertation in history? In small groups, students present and discuss their own PhD writing with peers and faculty. The joint module will focus on how to give presentations at academic conferences. This is a 1 ECTS course in Tromsø, in conjunction with the Norwegian History Days.

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The dissertation writing workshops are useful for students in all phases of their work, and we encourage our students to attend as many as possible in order to help them write excellent thesis. Workshops are offered three times each year, organized by partner institutions on a rotating basis. 

These workshops aim to assist PhD candidates in:

- meeting high international standards in their fields of research;

- improving writing skills and ability to critically assess and comment on manuscripts;  

- becoming comfortable presenting and discussing their work in professional settings, which is essential to their achieving professional and international recognition; 

- completing their doctorates within the stipulated time frame;

- building networks with peers and faculty at other universities and university colleges.

Joint module: "Parties you shouldn't miss: playing a role at academic conferences" will offer tips for how to present your work to colleagues at conferences. This module will allow students to practice and receive feedback on their presentations. The workshop is organized in conjunction with the Norwegian History Days, and we encourage students to use the occasion to participate and present their work at the conference.

Small, parallel groups: Student manuscripts are discussed in groups composed of peers and a faculty member. We allocate up to 45 minutes time for discussion of each paper. Students read all the drafts in their group carefully and offer comments and suggestions. One of the students are appointed as chair; another as first respondent; and the roles will rotate in the group. 

Confirmed teachers: Narve Fulsås, Klaus Nathaus, Hallvard Tjelmeland

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Preliminary program

09:00: Welcome, introduction, information

09:15: Klaus Nathaus: “Parties you shouldn't miss: playing a role at academic conferences»

09:45: Break

10:00: 2 student presentations with discussions

11:00: Break

11:15: Parallel manuscript groups, with 3-5 students in each group. Appr. 45 minutes for each student (10 min oral presentation; 10 minute discussion of the oral presentation; 25 minute discussion of the manuscript. If the student presents the paper submitted for the workshop, the discussion of the presentation and manuscript will be combined).  

12:00: Lunch

13:00: Parallel presentation/manuscript groups (oral presentation by PhD Fellow, followed by discussion of submitted manuscript)

13:45: Break

14:00 Parallel groups

14:45: Break

15:00-15:45: Parallel groups

15:45-17:00 at the latest: Plenary on participating in academic conferences

19:00: Dinner for all participants in town

Student preparations

Conference presentation: prepare a 10 min presentation for an academic conference. We suggest that you present the manuscript you have submitted to the workshop, or, if it is more useful to you, another aspect of your dissertation, perhaps one which you are planning to present at an actual conference in the near future. If you present on another theme than what is in the written manuscript, please let us know when you sign up for the course or in a separate e-mail to Narve at least two weeks before the course starts.

Manuscript: Students participate with a manuscript from their dissertation project. The text can be early writing (project descriptions, text segments) or more developed texts (draft chapters or articles). Maximum length is 6000 words excl. references. If you submit a longer text, please indicate which parts of the text you want your readers to focus on. The first page(s) should state your name, indicate stage of process you're at (beginning, mid, end/or number of semesters into your project), provide the draft dissertation title and a draft outline of its chapters/articles. It is helpful for readers, and probably for you too, if the draft outline include abstracts of 100-200 words for each chapter/article. Introductory texts and the manuscript should in Scandinavian languages or English.

Readings: you will be expected to read materials for the joint module, and take part in discussing appr. 3-4 manuscripts. You will serve as chair for the discussion of one manuscript and as main commentator for another.

Essential information

This will be an in-person course, at the University of Tromsø. 

Please register by filling in this form by August 1 st at the latest. We will accept applications as they come in. Participation is open to students at partner institutions and other students members of the Norwegian Research School in History. Membership is open to all students who have taken the theory and methods course

Deadline for manuscripts is August 18th. Students upload their manuscripts to Teams. You will be added to the room when your application is accepted.

Course convener: Narve Fulsås, University of Tromsø.

Administrative support: Isak Måseide, University of Tromsø

The workshop is estimated to 1 ECTS. 


All participants must organize and pay for their own travel.

Participants from the partner institutions of the Norwegian Research School in History who do not live in the Tromsø area will have their accommodations for September 1 - September 3 paid for. University of Tromsø will book accommodations.

There will be a lunch served September 2 and also a dinner for all participants. 

For participants who wants to take active part in Norske historiedager (panel discussion etc), the Norwegian Research School in History will be able to pay the participation fee, please contact the course administrator to make sure that you include the correct billing information in your registration to the Norske historiedager conference. This is a prerequisite for NRSH support for the conference fee. Norske historiedager will take place September 3-5 in Tromsø. 

Partner institutions:

Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) - Det humanistiske fakultet

Universitetet i Agder - Institutt for religion, filosofi og historie

Universitetet i Bergen - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvitskap

Universitetet i Oslo - Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo

Universitetet i Tromsø - Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi

Nord Universitet - Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

Høgskulen i Volda - Samfunnsfag og historie

Handelshøyskolen BI - Institutt for rettsvitenskap og styring

Published May 18, 2021 3:13 PM - Last modified Aug. 10, 2021 1:23 PM