WTMC PhD Writeshop 19 March 2021 (online)

On Friday 19 March, WTMC will organize the next Writeshop. The Writeshop is only meant for WTMC members who are in the final phase of their PhD.

The Writeshop is 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 dissertations, and what to do with them once they are done.

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

Bernike is well known to the WTMC PhDs, as she was WTMC training coordinator till September 2020. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Technology, Science & Society of the University of Maastricht. She is generally interested in the situatedness of and the technologies engaged in how so-called natural bodies perform. She has worked on (medical) imaging; reproductive health and freedom of choice; technologies of childbirth; the learning body in sports; the travel of medical guidelines and protocols to developing countries; death and dying. Currently she works on the intersections of home, care, and aging.

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. Because of Covid-19, the Writeshop will take place online.

This Writeshop will be chaired by Anne Beaulieu (j.a.beaulieu@rug.nl) and/or Andreas Weber (a.weber@utwente.nl

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 10 AM until 5 PM.


Contributions must be sent to Elize Schiweck (e.schiweck@utwente.nl) by 26 February 2021 latest, as doc.files (no PDFs). She will then send them to all participants prior to the meeting so that everyone has time to read all of the chapters. You will also then receive a concise reader with practical information.

To reserve your place, please complete this Google form no later than 19 February 2021.