Extra training, international workshops and guest lectures

The ViDSS strengthens education and international networking of doctoral candidates by organising and promoting seminars, workshops and guest lectures by/with international scholars from outside the University of Vienna.

 Winter semester of 2021/2022

“A critical appropriation of big data: Political economy at the crossroads of new methods”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
22–29 October 2021

The course will introduce students to the problems of using BigData approaches within the context of critical political economy. The course will propose a number of case studies to discuss the benefits and limits of Big Data but will also provide time to discuss students’ own challenges and projects.

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Juan Grigera

Lecturer in International Development at King’s College London

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Political Science

Contact
juan.grigera@kcl.ac.uk
www.kcl.ac.uk/people/juan-grigera


“Analyse visueller Sozialkommunikation am Beispiel von Robotik und KI-Design”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
25 October–10 December 2021

Ziel des Seminares ist es, die Voraussetzungen für eine methodisch kontrollierte Analyse visueller Sozialkommunikation zu erarbeiten. Hierzu sollen (1) unterschiedliche Dimensionen und Ausprägungen der visuellen Kommunikation systematisch diskutiert werden. Arbeiten aus den Bereichen der Evolutionären Anthropologie, der Mikrosoziologie, der Social Semiotics und der Designtheorie können hier gute Dienste leisten. Fernerhin sollen (2) Methoden und Prinzipien einer komparatistischen Analyse visueller Kommunikation erprobt werden. Ziel ist es, unterschiedliche Datenqualitäten zu erfassen und auszuwerten einzelne Artefakte/Bilder ebenso wie Bilddatenkorpora oder digitale Hyperimages.

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Michael R. Müller

Professor of Sociology of Visual Communication and Media at the Institute of Media Research, Chemnitz University of Technology

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Sociology

Contact
michael-rudolf.mueller@phil.tu-chemnitz.de
www.tu-chemnitz.de


“Connecting Normative Theory with Empirical Research”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
22–26 November 2021

How can (advanced) concepts in normative theory be studied empirically and can normative concepts also be used as methods in the social sciences? While many questions in social science research involve deeply normative concepts and questions (justice, equality, democracy), many researchers fail to appropriately deal with the complexities of normative theory itself and the subsequent empirical translation in particular (Thompson 2008). To shed light on this crucial challenge, this course takes a specific look at recent debates in normative democratic theory (with a specific eye on deliberative democracy, representation and the crisis of democracy-debate), asking how (advanced) normative concepts and questions can be linked with quantitative and qualitative research designs (e.g., Wolkenstein and Wratil 2020).

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André Bächtiger

Research professor at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Lucerne

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Government

Contact
andre.baechtiger@sowi.uni-stuttgart.de
www.andre-baechtiger.ch


“Social inequality dynamics and life-course research. Substantive questions and methodological solutions.”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
29 November–3 December 2021

The course will introduce PhD students to the relevance of life-course research in relation to the analytical perspective of a theoretical macro-micro-macro model for the explanation of social phenomena and their dynamics. We will get to know how contextual conditions of different kind (institutional, cultural, economic, social policies) influence the development of individual life-course, individuals’ exposure to social risk and the dynamics and patterns of inequality-accumulation over the life-course. Examples will come from family and labour market research and will provide students with the concrete occasion to analyse specific research questions on their own. On the methods side, the course provides an introduction to longitudinal data and the different ways of analysing them.

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Stefani Scherer

Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Sociology

Contact
stefani.scherer@unitn.it
webapps.unitn.it


“Comparative Ethnography in Development Studies”
Methods seminar in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences
6–12 December 2021

The course begins by reading carefully and critically two examples of ethnography: an urban ethnography in the Chicago School tradition and a comparative ethnography in the extended case method tradition. We will then discuss the methodological and analytical strategies of these two paradigms of ethnographic research, paying particular attention to the importance of comparison. The next set of readings deals with the logic of sampling, casing, comparison, inter-subjectivity and interviews, concept formation, theoretical reconstruction, ethical and political issues in doing ethnographic fieldwork.

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Ching Kwan Lee

Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles

Paul Lazarsfeld Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, Department of Development Studies

Contact
ckl@ust.hk
soc.ucla.edu/faculty/ching-kwan-lee