PhD thesis seminar in literature/area studies

The thesis seminar is a compulsory component of the PhD programme. Organized by Professor Tina Skouen, ILOS. To register, please send an email to Submission deadline: 20 May.


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The session runs as follows: PhD fellows presenting papers (about 10 pages) give an introduction (about 10 minutes). This is followed by commentary (5-10 minutes) and a general discussion. The papers are circulated in advance to make sure that everyone gets a chance to prepare for the seminar.

You can sign up as a "presenter" and/or "commentator." There is also a possibility for registering as an "active participant": you should then read all of the papers more carefully with an eye to participating actively in the discussion throughout the seminar. You are also most welcome to participate without having a formal role. It is generally recommended that you participate in these seminars more often than the program strictly requires, as you will learn about style and argumentation and be better prepared to submit your final dissertation. Please also see the guidelines for a monograph or article-based thesis. 

The length of each seminar will depend on the number of presenters. Coffee will be served! If the seminar is scheduled to last three hours, there will also be a sandwich lunch.


  • Presenter: 2 ECTS
  • Commentator: 1 ECTS
  • Active participant: 1 ECTS

To register

ILOS runs the thesis seminars for PhD fellows in literature in all departments at the Faculty of Humanities. Each seminar has the following maximum number:

  • 4 Presenters
  • 4 Commentators
  • 2 Active participants
  • An unlimited number of additional, registered participants

The papers should be about 10 pages, and may consist of presentations of the PhD project, of single chapters, or of more specialized topics, theoretical or other. If you like, you can give some instructions on how to read the material presented, suggesting which aspects to focus on.

Feel free to volunteer as a commentator

The commentator does not have to be in the same field as the presenter. Often, someone from the "outside" will be more able to see the text presented as a text and to give valuable feedback on structure and argumentation. For example: are the aims and claims clearly stated at the outset? Does the writer indicate where he/she stands in relation to previous research or criticism and what his/her contribution consists of? Does the argument progress logically from one point to the next? The texts presented in these seminars are typically works in progress and commentary on how to improve the quality of the writing and the argumentation may therefore be especially welcome. We will discuss in English and/or Norwegian all depending. Remember: you can learn a lot about thesis writing from commenting on someone else's paper...

Questions? Feel free to contact Tina Skouen

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Published May 12, 2020 12:17 PM - Last modified May 12, 2020 4:56 PM