ViDSS International Workshops

ViDSS International Workshops are one- or two-day workshops with international lecturers. The workshops are initiated by students and provide methodological training and international networking opportunities for doctoral candidates in the social sciences. The workshops are a supplement to the course programme and may focus on the presentation of new methodological approaches, hands-on training or the discussion of doctoral candidates’ research projects.

 Winter semester of 2022/2023

“Experimenting with Digital Methods in Qualitative Research”
International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences,
Department of Science and Technology Studies
10–11 November 2022

The workshop addresses a question that has grown particularly thorny in the last few years: how can social research profit from new digital data and new computational techniques? The various sections of the workshop tackle this question from different angles.

The workshop starts by deconstructing the commonplace ideas that the strength of digital methods derives from the greater quantity of the available data or the muscles of digital computation. Instead, the workshop focuses on the potential of digital methods that comes from their diversity and their incentive to open sociological imagination beyond the reassuring constraints of traditional qualitative and quantitative methods.

In the hands-on seminar, we will play with two original digital methods: (1) A technique for the visual investigation of a landscape of scientific publications. The method is based on a relatively standard technique in scientometrics (bibliographic coupling) but gives it an unusual twist through visual network analysis. (2) A technique for turning data tables into network diagrams. Participants will be introduced to three tools (, and and will have a chance to experiment with these methods on their own research subjects.

The workshop will be concluded by an open discussion, where participants will present their research questions and fieldwork opportunities and collectively discuss unconventional ways to tackle them.

For more information about the programme and registration please see the call for applications and the poster. Application deadline: 10 October 2022

Organisers: Pouya Sepehr and Virdzhiniia Vargolskaia

Tommaso Venturini

Associate professor at the Medi@lab of the University of Geneva


Kari De Pryck

Postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), University of Grenoble Alpes




Are you interested in organising a ViDSS International Workshop?

The ViDSS supports students in organising ViDSS International Workshops by providing financial support to invite lecturers, by offering help in finding suitable seminar rooms at the University of Vienna and by providing advice during the organisation process.

The organisation of and participation in ViDSS International Workshops can be recognised as achievements relevant to the curriculum of the doctoral programme in Social Sciences (participation: 2 ECTS credits, organisation: 3 ECTS credits).

If you want to submit an application for a ViDSS International Workshop, please send the following information in one single PDF file to the ViDSS administration team (email to

  • Title of the workshop
  • Short abstract
  • Preliminary programme
  • Suggested date
  • Department/s where the workshop will be held
  • Names of the doctoral candidates who organise the workshop: ViDSS International Workshops should be jointly organised by two or three doctoral candidates.
  • Names of at least five doctoral candidates who would be interested in participating in the workshop
  • Budget plan including estimated travel and accommodation expenses and fees for lecturers
  • CV of the visiting scholar/s

The ViDSS recommends that doctoral candidates ask their supervisors or another senior Faculty member at the University of Vienna to support the initiative and to offer advice during the organisation process.

The ViDSS steering committee discusses applications during their regular meetings and decides on their funding. Doctoral candidates can apply for a maximum amount of € 2,000 per workshop for travel and accommodation costs and fees for lecturers.

ViDSS International workshops should ideally be open to all doctoral candidates in the social sciences at the University of Vienna and should, therefore, be held in English. We recommend that organisers limit the number of participants and announce the criteria for the selection of candidates well in advance of the workshop. To apply for funding, doctoral candidates must be members of the ViDSS.

Please note that applications have to be submtited in English.

If you are looking for additional support in organising ViDSS International Workshops, you can also contact the Representation of PhD students in the Social Sciences.

Past ViDSS International Workshops:

“The applications of power analysis in the social sciences”
International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Department of Communication
4–5 May 2022
Visiting scholar: Niklas Johannes (Adolescent Well-Being in the Digital Age programme at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)
Organisers: Anna Lia Brunetti, Teresa Weikmann and Selina Noetzel
Missed the workshop? Download the materials (slides and exercises)!

“Mobile experience sampling”
International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences,
Department of Communication
10–11 June 2021
Visiting Scholar: Lukas P. Otto (Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam)
Organiser: Manina Mestas

“What can ethnography really do?”
13th ethnodoks* workshop for PhDs & International Workshop of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

4–6 June 2021
Visiting Scholars: Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam), Isabelle Clair (Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Mirco Göpfert (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), Kristine Krause (University of Amsterdam)
Organisers: Marlene Persch, Catherine Polishchuk and Milo Strauss​