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PhD Core Course 1: Positioning and designing your research

Course description

During CC1 PhD candidates who have just started their project are introduced to the broad field of professional cultural history. In six sessions, they meet their peers and various inspiring experts to build their national network and reflect on the methods, theories and practices in the field, on interdisciplinarity, and the relevance of their own work. They learn to better position their project in a highly interdisciplinary environment, and to access experts and expertise that might be relevant to their project’s success. All in all, the course aims to help them fulfil the transition from being a student to a professional historian. The course is concluded by a position paper of 2-3000 words that builds towards their end-of-year go/no-go chapter. At the end of the course, students have joined or committed to organise a working group of Huizinga members, which functions as a sounding board throughout the remainder of their PhD. This course is open to beginning PhD candidates only.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students feel equipped to deal with the practical challenges of being a professional cultural historian. In addition they

  • can position their project amongst the various constituent parts of cultural history
  • have a clear sense of the available expertise in the field and the possibilities for interdisciplinary cross-fertilization
  • can explain their project and its relevance to various audiences both within the broader cultural historical community and in society at large
  • enhance their methodological and theoretical knowledge

Sessions

The course consists of six sessions. The first sessions is a full-day meeting, the other ones take the form of three-hour workshops. Each year, course elements may alternate according to evaluations and the needs of the year’s group of students.