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Summer School 2016


"Opening the Black Box of Quality: Reflecting on Scholarly Practice in the Social Sciences and Humanities"


Dates: from 5th Sept. 2016 to 9th Sept. 2016

Location: Department of Science Communication and Higher Education Research, Vienna, Austria

Application deadline 30th June 2016!


Sponsoring Institution

WWTF - Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds, Austria

Vienna Summer Schools in the Social Sciences and Humanities - Call 2016



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martina Merz

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt/Wien/Graz

Institute for Science Communication and Higher Education Research



Stefan Hirschauer, Professor of Sociology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz,

Karin Harrasser, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Art and Design Linz,

Michael Guggenheim, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London,

Ken Hyland (tbc), Chair of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong,



Reflecting on and assessing the quality of scientific work is part and parcel of scholarly practice – be it in various work situations or the different stages of an academic career. As scholars, we judge the quality of a book that has recently been published; as teachers, we give advice to students on how to increase the quality of their projects and grade term papers; as doctoral students, we assess the quality of related work to position ourselves in a particular field of expertise; and, not least importantly, we constantly reflect our own work in terms of implicit and often informal standards of quality that govern our working practices and the formation of our academic selves.


For its student participants, the Summer School has two main learning benefits. Firstly, they will be introduced to the relevant literature and to different formal procedures of assessing the quality of scientific work.
Participants will work on assignments that directly relate to these bodies of literature and explore how it is possible to make judgements and decisions against the background of heterogeneous cultures of valuation. Secondly,
their attention will be directed to instances in which quality is attributed, contested, and negotiated in their own writing and reading practices. In critically reflecting on these practices, they will collectively tackle the question of what constitutes a ‘good’ PhD-thesis.



20 places for current masters, doctoral or post-doctoral students


Tuition fee

including accommodation: € 100,-

Parts of the travel costs can be provided for selected participants. Please indicate on the application form when support is needed and note an estimate of travel costs.


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