PhD Supervision in Gender Studies. Course for PhD supervisors
January 24-25, 2007
Umeå University, Sweden.
Professor Åsa Bergenheim, Umeå University, Sweden
Professor Sissel Lie, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Professor Dorte Marie Søndergaard, The Danish University of Education,
Professor Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden (Director of the
The course is jointly coordinated by the four teachers, and prepared by a group that additionally includes PhD student members of the board
of the Research School: Mia Liinason, University of Göteborg, and Turid
Markussen, University of Oslo.
The course will establish a forum for reflection on PhD supervision
with a focus on the field of Gender Studies, understood in a broad sense and with an openness towards the difference and diversity within
the field. The course welcomes supervisors who are experienced in supervising PhD students who apply a gender perspective within the
framework of disciplines, as well as supervisors who superviseinterdisciplinary Gender Studies projects. Moreover, researchers who do not have particular experiences from supervision of disciplinary or
interdisciplinary Gender Studies projects, but who are interested in
developing skills in PhD supervision in this direction are also most
welcome. The aim is to gather a group with different national and academic backgrounds, but with a shared interest in reflections on and
development of Gender Studies PhD training within, between and across disciplines.
Within this overall frame of an interest in Gender Studies PhD training,
the course will give special attention to the following questions:
* How can supervisors help PhD students improve their writing skills and reflect on relationships between writing and thinking?
* How to make the supervision process a dialogic and mutually reflexive learning experience?
* How to handle the dilemmas of supervision in a neoliberal university
* Can we talk of feminist values in PhD research training, and if yes,
what do they imply?
The course will be based on lectures, written papers by participants, and workshop sessions, where participants will be given ample space to
present and jointly reflect on supervision experiences and skills, as well as try-out ideas about supervision within the framework of, among
others, writing exercises, forum theatre and analysis of case studies.
Arrival: Tuesday Jan 23 (evening). Dep. Jan 26 (morning).
Wednesday, Jan 24 , 2007
9.00-9.30: Welcome and introduction.
9.30-12.30 (incl. coffee break 10.30-10.45): Teaching writing practices to PhD students : How to help students improve their writing skills and reflect on relationships between writing and thinking?
Lecture and writing workshop, led by Prof. Sissel Lie
14.00-17.00 (incl. coffee break 15.15-15.30): Mutually reflexive and
dialogic supervision : How to make the supervision process a dialogic
and mutually reflexive learning experience?
Lecture and workshop, based on a case study approach, led by
Prof. Åsa Bergenheim
17.00-18.00: Do not forget the body-workshop!
Thursday Jan 25
9.00-11.30 (incl. coffee break 10.15-10.30):
Dilemmas of supervision in a neoliberal university environment: How to
Lecture and workshop, led by Prof. Dorte Marie Søndergaard
13.00-15.30 Feminist PhD research training: Can we talk of feminist
values in PhD research training, and if yes, what do they imply?
Lecture and workshop, based on forum theatre, led by Prof. Nina Lykke
Coffee break 15.30-15.45
15.45-16.30 Evaluation and ideas for future courses for supervisors.
Friday Jan 26
Breakfast and departure
Readings: For participants who read Scandinavian languages:
Monika Appel & Åsa Bergenheim: Reflekterande forskarhandledning. Om samarbetet mellan handledare och doktorand, Studentliteratur 2005.
Sissel Lie: Fri som foten. Om å skrive fagtekster, Norsk Gyldendal ,
For all participants:
Mieke Bal: Guidelines for writing a PhD thesis within ASCA (52 pp.). Published by ASCA, Spuisstraat 210, rom 346, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands. Phone 31205253874.
Booth, Colomb & Williams: The Craft of Research,
Chicago, University of Chicago (2 ed. 2003).
Creme, P. & Lea, M.R. : Writing at University. A Guide for Students.
Open University Press: Buckingham - Philadelphia (1998 or later).
Björk, L. & Räisänen, C.: Academic Writing,. A University Writing Course. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Deadline for applications: December 1, 2006.
Applications should be sent to Mette Bryld (email@example.com). They should include:
brief CV (1 page), motivation (max. 4 pages), including brief description of your experiences as supervisor, - generally, and in particular in relation to PhD students with a profile in gender research.
If the number of applicants exceeds 15, a selection will be made to ensure a spread of nationalities, institutions and disciplines.
Participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses (but not meals and accommodation). However, some grants will be available for participants who cannot get funding from their institutions etc. If you need a grant, please indicate this in the application.
The participants will get a course certificate after the course.
(18 applicants, 17 participants: Norway 2, Finland 2, Russia 2 (2 grants), Sweden 10 (2 grants), Switzerland 1.)
Last updated: Mon May 09 13:59:13 CEST 2011