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 write convincingly about theory and methods. This is a 1 ECTS online course, organized by Nord university. 

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The dissertation writing workshops are useful for PhD fellows in all phases of their work. Here you can discuss your work with peers and faculty, and we also focus on a particular challenge in the writing process each time we meet. Workshops are free standing and are offered three times each year, organized by partner institutions on a rotating basis. We encourage you attend as many as possible in order to help you write excellent thesis.

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, appr. 4 hours, The joint module will focus on how to write convincingly about "theory and methods": How do you integrate theory in historical argument in a persuasive manner? We will be working from short text examples, and students and faculty will discuss various rhetorical strategies for merging arguments from theory, method and content in historical dissertations.

Small groups, appr. 4 hours: The dissertation manuscripts are discussed in groups composed of peers and a faculty member. We allocate up to 45 minutes time for discussion of each paper. PhD fellows read all the drafts in their group carefully and offer comments and suggestions. One of the fellows are appointed as chair; another as first respondent; and the roles will rotate in the group. 

Confirmed teachers: TBA. In addition, the PhD fellows may indicate preferences for specific commentators from the partner institutions for their manuscripts. 

Student preparations

Students participate with a manuscript. 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.

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

Essential information

This will be an online course, with approximately four hours each day.

Please register by filling in this form by 6 January 2022 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 19 January 2022. Students upload their manuscripts to Teams. You will be added to the room when your application is accepted.

Course convener: Kjetil Ansgar Jakobsen, Nord university.

Administrative support: tba.

The workshop is estimated to 1 ECTS. 

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 Sep. 13, 2021 10:52 AM - Last modified Mar. 16, 2022 10:54 AM