WTMC PhD Writeshop 30 October 2020 at Social Impact Factory

On Friday 30 October 2020, WTMC will organize the next Writeshop at Social Impact Factory in Utrecht. The Writeshop is 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 Tsjalling Swierstra will act as our senior discussant this time. In case more than five PhDs register, we will find a second discussant.

Tsjalling’s field of interest is the ethics and the politics of new and emerging science and technology (NEST). He has published on moral controversies regarding cloning, new reproductive technologies, genomics, food technologies, nanotechnology, synthetic and system biology, artificial gametes, neuroscience, and converging technologies. The philosophical problematic driving his research is: how to analyse, evaluate, and anticipate the mutual shaping of science and technology, and ethics and politics? And how to make this anticipatory knowledge regarding ‘technomoral change’ available to technologists, policy makers, and the larger public? As part of this endeavour he has authored reports and developed ‘technomoral’ scenarios for several public engagement events regarding genomics, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology. Since 2010 Tsjalling is full professor in Philosophy at the University of Maastricht.

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.

This Writeshop will be chaired by Andreas Weber ([email protected]) and/or Bernike Pasveer ([email protected]) , the (brand new and ex) 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 10 AM until 5 PM.

Contributions must be sent to Elize Schiweck ([email protected]) by 9 October 2020 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 September 2020.