Courses and events

Information about Courses and events organized by the doctoral programme will be updated here.

For further information on events and other timely matters, see the programme's own blog.

Social Research Seminar Series

Social Research Seminar Series is a seminar series of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. Social Research Seminar Series is a set of talks given by speakers representing the disciplines of the Doctoral Programme. The talks are open to everyone interested.

Seminar programme, autumn 2018

21st September
Guest lecturer: Chris Shore
Title: “Governing Academic Life: Higher Education Reform, Performance Management and the Politics of Accountability”
Venue: U35, room 114
Time: 2 - 4 pm

5th October
Guest lecturer: Nonna Mayer
Title: “What Marine Le Pen is doing to the Radical Right Gender Gap”
Venue: Tiedekulma, Fönsteri
Time: 2 - 4 pm

2nd November
Guest lecturer: Nyla Branscombe
Title:"When and why are victims expected to be more humanitarian than victims?"
Venue: U35, room 113
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Contact: Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti

23rd November
Guest lecturer: Wyke Stommel
Title: "Digital Conversation Analysis"
Venue: U35, room 113
Time: 2 - 4 pm

14th December
Guest lecturer: Dace Dzenovska
Title: “Connectivity and Disconnectivity in a Postsocial World”
Venue: U35, room 114
Time: 2 - 4 pm

Annual Conference

The event will bring together PhD candidates, supervisors, and junior and senior-level researchers from different disciplines. The conference consists of plenary sessions and workshops where doctoral candidates have the opportunity to present their papers and receive feedback from peers, colleagues, professors, and experts in their fields. We warmly welcome doctoral candidates to present their research at the conference!

The Social and Political Life of Methods

The 5th Annual Conference for the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change and the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Time: 22-23 October 2018
Venue: Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40

The 5th annual conference for PhD students explores the role of methods and methodologies in research and how they represent and perform aspects of the explored phenomena. Special attention is given to what could be called “the social and political life of methods”, referring to the historical, cultural, social and political contexts of methods and methodological developments. The expansion of digital data has made these questions particularly timely, but they are not limited to any particular data type, and the goal of the conference is to cross-fertilize questions about methods across the digital and analogue, including various disciplines and thereby strengthen the debate about methodological choices.

We are interested in questions like: how do research tools and methods promote certain forms of knowledge at the expense of others? How do they convert empirical data? What are methods good at “seeing” and what do they conceal? When and how are method choices political? What happens to research when methods become fashionable or are abandoned?

We welcome analytical debates on the value of methods, concerning digital methods and beyond. We are interested in ways to bypass the quantitative and qualitative divide in research and encourage papers to combine and compare different kinds of methods to highlight and discuss aspects of research.

For more information, see the conference blog.


Forthcoming Courses

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