Research Seminars in the Social Study of Migration and Refugees

Target group

PhD students, especially those whose research relates to migration, refugees and/or ethnicity in broad sense. The course is recognized by the following Ghent University Doctoral Schools: Doctoral Schools of Arts, Humanities and Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Life Sciences and Medicine.

Level

Prerequisite: Academic Master

Organisers

This course is organised biannually by multiple professors of CESSMIR.

CESSMIR is the UGent interdisciplinary centre focussing on the social impact of migration and fleeing. CESSMIR develops activities in the areas of research, education and service to society. Visit CESSMIR’s homepage: http://www.ugent.be/cessmir/en

The 2017 course is coordinated by Prof. dr. Stijn Baert. Visit his homepage: http://users.ugent.be/~sbaert.

Content

The participants of this course are immersed for one week into the Ghent University research on migration, refugees and ethnicity in various fields (among which economics, sociology, pedagogy, psychology, history, linguistics, criminology, political science, law, (migration) policy, social work and medical sciences).

The emphasis is put on the research methods used in these various fields. The participants are guided and encouraged to collaborate with a participant from another field on a rough research proposal.

Given the methodological focus, this course can also be relevant for doctoral students who investigate societal outcomes of vulnerable groups other than migrants and refugees.

Added value

Goal A. The participants are introduced to state-of-the-art research on migration, refugees and/or ethnicity in various fields, taught in an approachable format.

Goal B. The participants are introduced to methods that are less frequently used in their field but may yield innovative research when applied in their own research.

Goal C. Widening participants’ field of view with regard to meaningful research questions and relevant theories.

Goal D. Stimulating research collaboration among participants from different fields.

Goal E. Strengthening the critical research attitude of the participants.

Format

The activities in the context of the course are concentrated in a single week.

During this week, the doctoral students participate in (at least six out of) eight research seminars on migration, refugees and/or ethnicity. During these seminars eight different professors and postdoctoral researchers of CESSMIR present one or two of their studies with an emphasis on the research process (and methods), rather than on its results. The participants actively participate in these seminars and hand in a handwritten summary of maximum one page at the end of each seminar.

Inspired by these seminars and guided by the lecturers, the participants then have to work out (and present) a rough proposal for a research project, in groups of two participants from different fields.

Lecturers

  • Dr. Ines Keygnaert (participatory research with migrants; faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
  • Dr. Jozefien De Bock (migration research from a historical perspective; faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
  • Prof. dr. Eva Derous (lab experiments on discrimination in the labour market; faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences)
  • Prof. dr. Ilse Derluyn (field work as outsider on social and psychological aspects of migration; faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences)
  • Prof. dr. Joke Baeck (relevant sources of law and the hierarchy of norms; faculty of Law)
  • Prof. dr. Peter Stevens (qualitative, quantitative and mixed research to measure ethnic identity; faculty of Political and Social Sciences)
  • Prof. dr. Stef Slembrouck and Prof. dr. Piet Van Avermaet (discourse analysis and the sociolinguistics of multilingualism; faculty of Arts and Philosophy)
  • Prof. dr. Stijn Baert (field experiments on discrimination in the labour market; faculty of Economics and Business Administration)

Dates and Venue

NB: This course will be organised again in June 2019.

29 May 2017 – 2 June 2017 (9.30 – 16.30h)

Location: Leszaal 0.2 Camiel De Pelsemaeker, Campus Tweekerken, Hoveniersberg 24, Ghent, Belgium

Programme

NB: This course will be organised again in June 2019.

Monday 29 May:
9.30 – 11.00h: clarification of the course structure and assignments
11.00 – 12.30h: research seminar 1
13.30 – 15.00h: research seminar 2
15.00 – 16.30h: research seminar 3
Tuesday 30 May:
9.30 – 11.00h: research seminar 4
11.00 – 12.30h: research seminar 5
13.30 – 15.00h: research seminar 6
15.00 – 16.30h: first brainstorm on the research proposal
Wednesday 31 May:
9.30 – 11.00h: research seminar 7
11.00 – 12.30h: research seminar 8
13.30 – 15.00h: self-reliant study activities (working on research proposal)
15.00 – 16.30h: self-reliant study activities (working on research proposal)
Thursday 1 June:
9.30 – 11.00h: feedback on ideas research proposal by lecturers
11.00 – 12.30h: self-reliant study activities (working on research proposal)
13.30 – 15.00h: self-reliant study activities (working on research proposal)
15.00 – 16.30h: self-reliant study activities (working on research proposal)
Friday 2 June:
9.30 – 11.00h: presentation and discussion of research proposals
11.00 – 12.30h: presentation and discussion of research proposals
15.00 – 16.30h: feedback on the score of the participants

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Synthesis of six out of the eight seminars (25%):

  • structure and clarity
  • separation of main and side issues

Active participation in the seminars and presentations of research proposals of other groups (25%):

  • degree of participation
  • relevance of participation

Presentation and discussion of own research proposal (50%):

  • scientific and social contribution of the proposal
  • realism and relevance of the proposed methodology and planning
  • structure and clarity of the presentation
  • answers to questions

Language

English

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools

More information & registration

PhD students can signal their interest in the 2019 edition to Prof. dr. Stijn Baert via .