10th Summer School in Social Sciences. Berlin, July 20 – 30, 2020

Linking Theory and Empirical Research 

Berlin, July 20 – 30, 2020 

We are delighted to announce the 10th edition of the Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences.  

The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates anexcellentbasisforthe development of their current research designs. 

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological                     paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program,participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topic. The thematic areas covered are: “Global Governance & International Relations”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads”. 

The program is characterized by a varied format comprised of lectures, workshops, seminars, and a one-to-one consultation. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with  hands-on advice for their research designs. 

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars.

Among the confirmed international lecturers are Ann Swidler (​UC Berkeley), David Stark (The University of Texas at Austin), Donatella della Porta (​Scuola Normale Superiore​), Felix Berenskoetter (SOAS University of London), Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield) and Vera                  Troeger (University of Warwick). 

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and tuition fees can be found on ​our webpage ​www.berlinsummerschool.de​. 

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage ​until March 22, 2020. 

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at bgsssumm@hu-berlin.de. 

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