RMeS Winterschool & Graduate Symposium 2015-16 – University of Groningen

Date: January 27 & 28, 2016
Time: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs (27th, followed by dinner at a restaurant)
Venue: University of Groningen
ECTS: 2 (two full days plus preparation 3 days)
Organized by: Professor Marcel Broersma (RUG), Dr. Dana Mustata (RUG) & Prof. Mark Deuze (UvA) on behalf of the RMeS Advisory Board
Open to: PhD candidates who are a member of RMeS
Fee (non-members): € 150
Registration: max number of participants: 20

This Winterschool will feature different types of sessions: 1) parallel sessions for presenting your work to peers 2) lectures by members of the RMeS Board and 3) a workshop on Academic Integrity.

  1.  PhD’s are kindly asked to submit an abstract of their paper presentation. This may regard a chapter of your dissertation, a draft for an article, or a write-up of research results, which you would like to discuss with your peers. We will group your abstracts into panels, selecting panels on the basis of your theme/subject, approach and your level of advancement in the PhD track. If you want to be in a session with one or two of your peers (people whose judgment you value, or people you haven’t worked with yet) please feel free to indicate this on your abstract. We will then try to organize panels on the basis of your proposals. You will be assigned to peer-review one paper and to chair or respond to one paper in another session. A month before the Winterschool starts, you will be asked to send in your full chapter or article, which will be peer-reviewed and responded to during the Winterschool.
  2.  Lectures/workshops on “Materiality”. More details TBA.
  3.  Finally, this Winterschool graduate seminar will also offer a workshop session on “Academic Integrity”. More details TBA.

Sign up for Winterschool

If you are interested in participating and earning credit (both in EC and social credit from your peers), please

  • Register for the Winterschool before November 1, 2015 via our website. You will receive a confirmation email from our RMeS office.
  • Please submit abstracts for individual presentations before November 15, 2015. Abstracts for individual presentations are max 300 words, including a clear research question or thesis statement. Please indicate on your abstract whether you would like to be in a panel with specified other participants and/or whom you consider a suitable reviewer for your paper (although we cannot promise that all your wishes will come true…).
  • You can opt for three formats in terms of paper submission:
  1. Those of you who are in the very early stages of your PhD, may also consider to hand in your PhD proposal, which will then be commented upon by your peers. (recommended to PhDs who have just started)
  2. Most PhD candidates will opt to hand in a chapter/article format: a full paper of approx..5,000 – 6,000 words.
  3. If you are in the advanced stage (or last stage) of your PhD, you may want to consider to hand in 2 chapters (preferably a methodological and/or theoretical chapter plus one case study), in combination with a solid summary of the dissertation. We will then organize a “mock defense” where we assign a small committee of PhDs and staff to ask you questions.
  • Full papers of (or one of the above formats) are due by January 6, 2016. On the basis of your submissions, we will group the panels, assign reviewers and organize responses. We will distribute the papers to all panel-members and assign the tasks of writing a full peer review (1-2 pages long). Each of you will have to write one peer review.
  • Presentations: During the Winterschool, each participant will give a presentation of 5-10 minutes. Each presentation will receive a prepared peer review (in writing, handed in the same day, and a short oral summary of the review). Another panel member will be assigned as discussant/respondent. All session members engage in discussion and feedback.


Wednesday January 27, 2016


Thursday January 28, 2016


Practical matters

We invite you for drinks and dinner on Wednesday night at a restaurant in Groningen; all participants and lecturers at this Winterschool are invited to join. As for accommodation, we will try to arrange a hotel deal in Groningen, for those who are interested, please let us know when registering for our Winterschool. For those of you who are not reimbursed for travel and accommodation from your own faculty, we have a small budget available to cover these costs. Please send an e-mail to Chantal Olijerhoek at: rmes-fgw@uva.nl. On both days, lunches, coffee and tea will be served at the university location.