phd & method questions-teaching workshop (25/10/2023)

September 13th, 20236:34 am @

Wednesday 25 October   12:30-16:30   

Venue: 338 Stora Hörsalen, HDK-Valand, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8, 411 37 Göteborg, Sweden.

This is a workshop for exchange of teaching experience and practices in working with PhD researchers on questions of method and methodology within the supervision process and/or within course work. This is a pre-event for the larger EARN Gathering 25-27 October “Sensing Dissensus”

This workshop is developed by, and for, colleagues working in doctoral education in any capacity. It is based on a peer learning model, designed by, and for, supervisors, teachers and those working on the development of doctoral programmes. It takes as its focus different ways of working with questions of method and methodology in doctoral education. It does not seek to propose a standard model, but rather to share different experiences and practices.

12,30 Welcome and introduction to context of the EARN working group on methodology.

12,45 We will have short – 10 minutes each maximum – presentations by participants. The option to present is open for all participants, however, it is also ok not to present if you prefer. We will have other opportunities in the future. In these short presentations we are seeking three specific points to inform our work together in the second session:

  • What is the nature and range of doctoral education that you and/or you home institution are involved in? (This can be a matter of describing what disciplines or practices you or your home institution work with; ? This can also be what model – e.g., practice-led, practice, based, artistic research, research creation, creative practice in the humanities … for this workshop we are a “broad church”.)
  • How do you first introduce and approach the question of method within your work in doctoral studies? (The response can be based on your own personal teaching approach, or on the local practice in your home institution.)
  • What are the main challenges or issues or themes that you encounter in teaching and supervising at PhD level in relation to questions of method. Which of these would you especially like to explore in the workshop?
  • Are there resources that you have found useful that you would like to share with the other participants?

After this round of short presentations we will then take a break

In the second half of the session we will workshop through some concrete examples. In small groups (3 or 4) we will work on a specific PhD supervision case where we have a concrete research project, and a concrete method / methodological issue to address with the PhD student. Each break-out group is asked to generate a teaching tactic or strategy or other approach to address their specific case. The cases will be based on real-life scenarios. (The ZOOM participants will operate as one break-out group for this workshop exercise.)

After this workshop exercise, we will then have a short break.

In the final section of the workshop, we will have a short report back from each break-out group and a discussion of the issues raised and any shared insights. Based on this we will establish a framework for a follow up workshop to be held in 2024.

16:30 Close

The format of the workshop is blended (combining primarily face-to-face participation with a small number of colleagues joining remotely via ZOOM.) Places in this workshop are limited, if you would like to participate please email with “teaching methodology workshop” in the message header.

Confirmed participants include: Prof. Mika Elo (Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki); Prof. Catalin Gheorghe (George Enescu National University of the Arts, Iasi); Prof. Erin Manning (Concordia University); Prof. Henk Slager (HKU); Prof. Iris van der Thuin (UU); Prof. Synne Tollerud Bull (Høyskolen Kristiania | Kristiania University College); Prof. Mick Wilson (HDK-Valand); Prof. Vytautas Michelkevicius (Vilnius Academy of Arts); Dr. Kathrin Gollwitzer-Oh (University of the Arts Bremen); Dr. Maiju Loukola  (Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki).