7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences "Linking Theory and Empirical Research" Berlin, July 16 – 27, 2017

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 16 – 27, 2017

We are delighted to announce the 7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer schoolaims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empiricalresearch. The two-week  program creates an excellent basis for the development  of their currentresearch 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 strivefor a clarification of the epistemological foundations  underlying methodological paradigms. In thesecond week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of researchin 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 topics. Thethematic areas covered are:  “External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change”,“Citizenship, Migration, and Identities", “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at theCrossroads”.

The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school,  participants will also have the opportunity topresent and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advicefor their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Amongthe confirmed international lecturers are Dorothee Bohle (Central European University), Donatelladella Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore),  Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame), MacartanHumphreys (Columbia University), Sanjay Reddy (New School for Social Research),  Saskia Sassen(Columbia University), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) atHumboldt-Universitдt zu Berlin and the WZB  Berlin Social Science Center.  Moreover, we receivegenerous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Details on travel grants andtuition fees can be found on our webpage.

The international summer school is open to 50 PhD candidates, advanced master students,  andyoung postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online viathe application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2017.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced  to the applicants in  April. For moreinformation, please visit our webpage at www.berlinsummerschool.de.

If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at summerschool.bgss@hu-berlin.de