Social Science As A Vocation and An Academic Voice: Reflecting Upon the Operationalisation of Social Science Concepts and Methods for Doctoral Research

Prof. Dr. Antje Wiener



Dear all,

as the next meeting on Monday, 13 May, is fast approaching, I would like all of those presenting next Monday to upload their files/readings to be discussed in a sub-folder of the google folder and to fill in the required details in the respective slot for their session, as provided in the google doc "outline": lead question and select readings.
Please do so asap that the rest of the class has time to prepare the required readings.

Thank you very much.

Maren Hofius

Announcement created on: 10/05/2019 13:49

Dear all,

for those of you who did not attend last week's meeting do accept the invitation to access the shared google doc called "outline". You may then make the necessary entries to provide details on your PhD topic as well as reasons for choosing the course (scroll down to the end of the outline and orient yourselves along the entries already made).

The following tasks pertain to ALL participants:
-identify and choose a text from the preliminary readings list which you prepare for the next session
-select and indicate one self-authored text (chapter or article) as well as two further readings (which do not necessarily have to come from the seminar reading list) and upload the readings in a newly created folder on google docs (for the sake of clarity, please name the folder after your surname!) no later than a week in advance of the relevant block session where the readings will be discussed;
-then also fill in the references of the selected readings together with a lead question in the appropriate section of the outline, i.e. in the session which you will chair.

Background on workshop and session format:
The format of student-led discussion envisages that students (or pairs consisting of 2 students) will decide about the most appropriate means to lead and guide a discussion of the required texts, so that the main concepts, questions, and objectives that are advanced by each of the listed required readings will be identified in a clear and accessible manner.
To this end, students are required to submit their choice of self-authored text (chapter or article) as well as two further readings (which do not necessarily have to come from the seminar reading list) to a newly created folder on google doc.

In case you have further questions, please contact us accordingly via

Best wishes,

Maren Hofius

Announcement created on: 07/05/2019 09:27

Dear all,

this a brief reminder that the introductory session for your course with Prof. Antje Wiener will take place this Friday, May 3, from 10:15-11:45.

She will provide you with an overview of the course and jointly discuss the structure of the upcoming workshops with you.

Best wishes,

Maren Hofius

Announcement created on: 30/04/2019 14:16



This seminar builds on the last semester’s  class on research design. Participation in last semester’s class is desirable, however, it is not a condition for participation in this semester’s class. While the previous class focussed directly on the discussion of how to plan and organise research projects based on clearly identified research objectsbased on theory, methodology, and research methods, this class addresses the recursive aspect of academic research. To that end, we discuss the principles of reflexivity, responsibility and more generally good academic citizenship.This class, too, therefore offers extensive discussion of readings that lie atthe intersection between research practice and theory-building. Notably,research practice is broadly conceived as the state of ‘desk-study’and/or ‘field-work’. The focus of the class will prove beneficial forPhD students who have been or are about to engage in the main part of theirthesis, following up from successful literature reviews and researchoperationalisation.
The class is organised in a kick-off session and two further
block-sessions to allow for OFF-CLASS preparatory research and IN-CLASSstudent-led discussions.

Preliminary Readings:

Abraham, K. J. & Abramson, Y. (2017) Apragmatist vocation for International Relations: The (global) public and itsproblems, European Journal of International Relations 23(1), 26–48.

Brigg,M. & Bleiker, R. (2008) Expanding Ethnographic Insights into GlobalPolitics, International Political Sociology 2(1), 89–90.

Brigg, M. & Bleiker, R. (2010)Autoethnographic International Relations: exploring the self as a source ofknowledge, Review of International Studies 36(3), 779–798.

Dauphinee, E. (2013) The Politicsof Exile, New York: Routledge.

Doty, R.(2010) Autoethnography – Making Human Connections, Review of InternationalStudies 36(4), 1047–1050.

Guzzini,S. (2013) The ends of International Relations theory: Stages of reflexivity andmodes of theorizing, European Journal of International Relations 19(3),521–541.

Hamati-Ataya, I. (2012) IR Theory asInternational Practice/Agency: A Clinical-Cynical Bourdieusian Perspective, Millennium:Journal of International Studies 40(3), 625–646.

Hamati-Ataya, I. (2013)Reflectivity, reflexivity, reflexivism: IR's 'reflexive turn' - and beyond, EuropeanJournal of International Relations 19(4), 669–694.

Jackson,P. T. (2011) The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophyof Science and its Implications for the Study of World Politics, London:Routledge (Chapter 6).

Löwenheim,O. (2010) The ‘I’ in IR: an Autoethnographic Account, Review ofInternational Studies 36(4), 1023–1045.

Ravecca,P. & Dauphinée, E. (2018) Narrative and the Possibilities for Scholarship, InternationalPolitical Sociology 12(2), 125–138.

Schmidt,R. (2017) Sociology of Social Practices: Theory or Modus Operandi of EmpiricalResearch?, in: Jonas, M., Littig, B. & Wroblewski, A. (eds.) MethodologicalReflections on Practice Oriented Theories, Cham: Springer InternationalPublishing, 3–17.

Wiener, A. (2018) Constitution andcontestation of norms in global international relations, Cambridge, NewYork: Cambridge University Press (Chapter 8: A Voice through thePractice).   

General Data

  • Abbreviation
  • Semester
    summer semester 19
  • Target Groups
  • Course Type
  • Course Language
  • Departments
    Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Place and Time

  • Place
    Allendeplatz 1 (Pferdestall) Raum 245
  • Time
    at 03/05/2019 from 10:15 to 11:45
  • Place
    Von Melle Park 5 Raum 1083
  • Time
    at 13/05/2019 from 10:15 to 16:15
  • Place
    Allendeplatz 1 (Pferdestall) Raum 245
  • Time
    at 28/06/2019 from 10:15 to 16:15

Recognition Modalities

  • Number of Semester Hours
  • Amount of Credit Points
  • Creditable as
    • WiSo doctoral program: WiSo methods for Economics
    • WiSo doctoral program: WiSo methods for Social Economics
    • WiSo doctoral program: WiSo methods for Social Siences

Registration Modalities

  • Type of Place Allocation
    Manual Place Allocation (after the registration deadline)
  • Information about Registration
  • Max. Number of Participants