On Thursday, 9 March 2023, WTMC will organize the next Writeshop at Social Impact Factory, Utrecht. WTMC Writeshops are meant for WTMC PhDs who are in the second, third or fourth year of their PhD trajectories.

WTMC Writeshops are a splendid occasion to receive comprehensive comments on your own work, but also to read work of your fellow PhD candidates. By carefully reading the work of others in order to give feedback you can learn a lot about writing. At the Writeshop we also discuss more general issues around finishing journal articles, book chapters and dissertations, and what to do with them once they are done.

We are very happy to announce that Lotte Krabbenborg will act as our senior discussant in this Writeshop. In case more than four PhDs register, we will find a second discussant.

Krabbenborg’ s main aim of research is to explore the power and to enhance empowerment of civil society actors, either individual citizens or non-governmental organizations, to engage in ongoing deliberation and decision-making processes regarding the development and embedding of new science and technology. Her research adopts an interdisciplinary approach, building upon insights from science and technology studies, political philosophy and innovation studies, and are developed and performed in close collaboration with natural and/or medical scientists, companies and civil society actors. Currently, she studies ‘invited’ and ‘uninvited’ public engagement within astronomy, nanotechnology, and biomedical innovations. Krabbenborg has received several research grants from NWO to study aforementioned topics. As member of the Dutch Young Academy, she is involved in advisory work for policy makers and funding agencies on e.g. science communication and monitoring and evaluating inter-and transdisciplinary research. Krabbenborg now works as associate professor within the Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University.

The idea of the Writeshop is as follows. Each participant sends in a draft chapter or article that will be part of the PhD manuscript. Authors are also invited to provide a short (i.e. 2-300 word) contextualization of the draft. During the meeting, two discussants provide comments – a fellow participant and our senior discussant. The author then has an opportunity to respond to these comments before the discussion is opened to everyone. Each paper is discussed for a total of 55 minutes.

Depending on the number of participants, the Writeshop will start at 11:00 at the Social Impact Factory in Utrecht. It will end with an informal dinner, and it will end no later than 19:30.

This Writeshop will be chaired by Alexandra Supper (a.supper@maastrichtuniversity.nl) and/or Andreas Weber (a.weber@utwente.nl), the PhD programme coordinators of WTMC.

The word limit for contributions is 10,000 words. The manuscript must be academic work-in-progress (i.e. not already published). Do not worry if your text is not perfect yet: this is precisely why you would want to discuss it in this forum. The draft should be well enough developed so your readers can understand the argument and the material, in order to get more specific and helpful feedback. Make sure your paper includes a short introduction which explains how the piece fits into your PhD, which journal you plan to send it to, or any other relevant details to help the reader understand the text.

Depending on the number of participants, the day may last from 11 AM until 5 PM.

Due to large number of registrations, we have now closed registration for the writeshop.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the future events.

Please note that a limited number of participants can register, and that places are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registered participants have to submit their papers by February 20, 2023, to give all participants sufficient time to read the papers and prepare their commentaries.