WTMC Writeshop 24 May 2019

On Friday, 24 May 2019, WTMC will organize a Writeshop, formerly known as Dissertation Day. 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 Koen Beumer will act as our senior discussant this time.

Dr. Koen Beumer is assistant professor at the Department of Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. His interest is in the societal implications of emerging sciences and technology, especially in relation to questions of development in India and Africa.
He gained his PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University and previously worked at the Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWTI), Maastricht University (Department of Technology and Society Studies), the University of Amsterdam (Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies), and the University of Groningen (Science and Society Group).
He is also a member of Jong-MVI and a member of the WTMC education committee.

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. Koen will act as discussant of maximum five papers. When more than 4 PhDs register, a second senior discussant will be added to the team.

This Writeshop will be chaired by Bernike Pasveer (b.pasveer@maastrichtuniversity.nl) or Anne Beaulieu (j.a.beaulieu@rug.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 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, explaining 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 your plans. Depending on the number of participants, the day may last from 10 AM until 5 PM, to be followed by an informal dinner (paid for by WTMC). Dinner is usually finished by 8 PM.

Contributions must be sent to Elize Schiweck (e.schiweck@utwente.nl ) by 26 April 2019. She will then distribute all of the chapters/articles and send them to participants prior to the meeting so that everyone has time to read all of the chapters.

To reserve your place, please complete this Google form no later than 15 March 2019.