Dissertation writing workshop with module on editing for clarity

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 focus on how to edit texts to make them more precise and clear.

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Group discussing each other's work, UiO 2022. 

The dissertation writing workshops are designed to support PhD fellows in all phases of their work. Here you can discuss your manuscripts with peers and faculty, and get helpful advice. We also focus on a particular challenge in the writing process each time we meet. 

Workshops are independent of each other 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.

In the registration form, you may list up to three teachers from any one of the NRSH partner institutions. We will try to get one of these to comment on your text.

Joint module, appr. 4 hours, on how to edit texts to make them more precise and clear. (more details will follow).

Small groups, appr. 4 hours: Student manuscripts are discussed in groups composed of peers and a faculty member. We allocate up to 45 minutes 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.

These workshops 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. 

1 ECTS online course, organized by The University of South-Eastern Norway and The University of Oslo. Confirmed teachers:

Professor Kai Peter Østberg, Professor Hanne Hagtvedt Vik

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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. We recommend that the draft outline include abstracts of 100-200 words for each chapter/article. Texts should be in Scandinavian languages or English. It is not possible to attend without a manuscript.

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 is a digital course, and we will be using Zoom for the sessions. 

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.

Please sign up by filling in the application form by 20 August at the latest. We will accept applications as they come in. To increase the likelihood of getting one of your preferred teaches as commentators, we recommend that you sign up before August 1st.  

Deadline for manuscripts is 5 September 2022. Students upload their manuscripts to MS Teams. You will be added to the room when your application is accepted.

Course convener: Hanne Hagtvedt Vik, University of Oslo and Kai Østberg, USN.

Administrative support: Oliver Reiersen, University of Oslo

The workshop is estimated to 1 ECTS. 

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Published May 20, 2022 1:06 PM - Last modified June 30, 2022 7:04 AM