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 2019 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.

Dates and Venue

Monday 20 May 2019 till Friday 24 May 2019 (9.30 – 16.30h)
Location: Leszaal 0.2 Camiel De Pelsemaeker, Campus Tweekerken, Hoveniersberg 24, Ghent, Belgium

Programme

  • Monday 20 May 2019:

•    9.30 – 11.00h: clarification of the course structure and assignments
•    11.00 – 12.30h: research seminar 1 “field work as outsider on social and psychological aspects of migration” (Prof. dr. Ilse Derluyn)
•    13.30 – 15.00h: research seminar 2 “lab experiments on discrimination in the labour market” (Prof. dr. Eva Derous)
•    15.00 – 16.30h: research seminar 3 “migration research from a historical perspective” (Dr. Jozefien De Bock)
•    18.30 – 21.00h: social event

  • Tuesday 21 May 2019:

•    9.30 – 11.00h: research seminar 4 “discourse analysis and the sociolinguistics of multilingualism” (Prof. dr. Stef Slembrouck and Piet Van Avermaet)
•    11.00 – 12.30h: research seminar 5 “participatory research with migrants” (Prof. Dr. Ines Keygnaert)
•    13.30 – 15.00h: research seminar 6 “relevant sources of law and the hierarchy of norms” (Prof. dr. Joke Baeck)
•    15.00 – 16.30h: first brainstorm on the research proposal

  • Wednesday 22 May 2019:

•    9.30 – 11.00h: research seminar 7 “field experiments on discrimination in the labour market” (Prof. dr. Stijn Baert)
•    11.00 – 12.30h: research seminar 8 “qualitative, quantitative and mixed research to measure ethnic identity” (Prof. dr. Peter Stevens)
•    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 23 May 2019:

•    9.30 – 11.00h: feedback on ideas research proposal by seminar presenters
•    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 24 May 2019:

•    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

Lecturers

Prof. 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 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)

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools

Registration

PhD students can subscribe for the 2019 edition by means of an e-mail, sent from their UGent account to Prof. dr. Stijn Baert ()

Language

English

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