TBLR National PhD-researcher training course in literary and aesthetic disciplines, Tromsø, 29th and 30th September 2016
Dissertation form – articles or monography?
(Chapters or articles?)
(Combined current-topic focus course, and dissertation/chapter/paper-sessions)
Currently, PhD students may themselves decide whether to write a monography or a dissertation based on a series of articles. Yet what does this choice entail, what are the gains and/or disadvantages inherent in the different formats, and how can we best receive and make use of advisement comments and supervising within the two genres? And what are the chances to complete the PhD dissertation within the time frame allotted?
(1) Professor CHRISTINE HAMM
(Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier (LLE), UiB //
Professor i nordisk litteraturvitenskao, LLE/UiB):
”Writing is thinking: From a compilation of articles to a dissertation”
In her lecture ”Writing is thinking: From a compilation of articles to a dissertation”, Christine Hamm will describe how research can develop from detailed observations seemingly unrelated, to fully motivated and integrated insights into aesthetic utterances informing the scope of a scholarly totality. With references to her own experience, and in synch with her sustained reflections over the years on a tried and tested methodology in literary scholarship, Hamm's own recommendations clearly favour to concentrate one's research on work in the format of articles to start with, prior to the equally necessary sequel of rewriting and that of compositional labour into a full-scale book. Yet what makes up the differences between an article for a literary periodical, and a chapter of a monography? How are the respective formats and generic requirements figured in each case, how do these intervene and make themselves felt, how can the immediate and more long-term gains for scholarship be circumscribed? As well, Christine Hamm will discuss various strategies of how to produce good, well-written articles, and feeding on her background as editor of EDDA from 2011 till 2015 she will also share views on the concrete ways in which editors actively work on and with submitted manuscripts for publication.
(2) Professor ANNE GJELSVIK
(Institutt for kunst og medievitenskap, NTNU //
Professor II ved Institutt for kultur og litteratur, UiT):
”Research as writing”
Does the difference between a monography and a dissertation based on a series of articles have any impact on what kind of research you perform? In her lecture Anne Gjelsvik will discuss the differences between monographies and article dissertations from an epistemological perspective: What kind of knowledge can be reached within the two genres, and what expectations and demands are activated in the research community when you write your research? She will also reflect on the differences between the umbrella chapter in a dissertation of articles and the introductory part of a monography, with special focus on what an umbrella chapter or an article tieing the parts together may be said to be, and on how it best can be visualised and integrated into the totality of the project.
(3) Associate Professor CATHINKA DAHL HAMBRO
(Institutt for kultur, litteratur og språkvitenskap // English Writing Centre, UiT):
”Practical insights gained in the writing of a monography”
What are the gains and the drawbacks of writing a PhD dissertation as a monography? Cathinka Dahl Hambro is the leader of UiT's English Writing Centre and she defended her PhD dissertation in 2013. In her lecture she will share her experiences and point to challenges involved in writing a PhD dissertation as a monography. She will also elicit sound advice and formulate recommendations as to how the individual writing process can be structured in order to finalise the dissertation within the time period allotted.
Any topic; particularly welcome are either chapter drafts from ongoing PhD-dissertations, or papers tied in with the course's main topic: "Academic Writing: Dissertation form – articles or monography?".
Also in the paper segments the participants will be: PhD students, together with TBLR's scholarly staff, guest lecturers, and supervisors.
Om our guest lecturers:
Hamm, Gjelsvik and Dahl Hambro are among Norway's foremost scholars on the TBLR-course's topic-focus, both nationally and internationally. We are delighted that it has succeeded for us to engage them for cooperation at this TBLR-event. Know your visiting hour; take responsibility for as well your own as for your fellow candidates' work, and enlist!
Times / Venues:
Thursday 29th Sept., 9:00–17:40 at A-3021 ved Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning (the HSL-faculty);
Friday 30th Sept., 09:00-16:15 at A-3021 ved Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning (the HSL-faculty).
The course is open to:
PhD students in literary, aesthetic and cultural studies from the TBLR's member institutions (UiB, NTNU, UiA, UiS, UiT, UiO), i.e. literary studies (comparative literature and national literatures' studies), theatre studies, history of arts, visual culture, media studies, digital culture, musicology, dance and performance studies, cultural studies, aesthetics, etc.). The event also cordially welcomes the PhD students' supervisors. (Tip your supervisor about the announcement and the event.)
Course's main oral working language: Scandinavian
(yet PhD-papers and oral commentaries in non-Scandinavian languages are of course welcome; however, papers will mainly be discussed in Scandinavian languages).
Board / Lodging:
Overnight stay for out-of-town participants at
Clarion Hotel The Edge, Kaigata 6, 9008 Tromsø.
Lasting until 14th September, the TBLR has made en bloc room reservations at Clarion Hotel The Edge. You yourself make your concrete booking by contacting the hotel directly by 14th Sept.: Phone +47 77 66 84 00 / firstname.lastname@example.org. When booking, refer to the TBLR.
the TBLR covers lunch two days, communal dinner on Thursday at Fiskekompaniet (Killengrens gt. 439), and (for out-of-town participants) hotel w/ breakfast two nights (Wednesday till Friday). You may extend your hotel stay at your own cost. In keeping with TBLR regulations, out-of-town PhD students will themselves have to cover their travel expenses by way of their locally allotted overhead means.
Application deadline: Friday 1st September 2016.
In your enlistment, indicate whether you are a vegetarian.
Text contributions: If you take part with a paper, an abstract of 500 words should be submitted by 10th September. The students are then expected to submit a 10-15 pp excerpt from their PhD project in progress. Those who have just recently started their PhD studies may submit an extended project description. Both the abstract and the paper submitted will be disseminated to all course participants. Everyone enlisted is expected to have read the abstracts, the papers and the curricular course literature on beforehand.
Deadline for enlisted papers: Monday 19th September 2016.
Enlistment to: Linda.Nesby@uit.no and Knut.Eliassen@ntnu.no.
Send your application with your abstract-attachment to both e-mail addresses.
In your enlistment e-mail, include your postal address, so that we can ship to you some of the curricular texts per snail-mail if necessary.
ECTS points: 5 ECTS with a paper; 2 ECTS without a paper.
The TBLR's main website: here.
Website of the Tromsø "Publishing Academically"-course in Sept.: here.
Remember to check continuously back for updates.
(Detailed timetable will be availabe, tba)
The researcher-training course will start with the keynote lectures. Then each PhD student will make a 20 minutes' presentation based on his/her submitted materials. After each presentation there will be be a round of comments, questions and dicussion involving the other participants.