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INCHER Kassel Summer School

Oct 9-13 2017

2017 Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies
October 9 -13, 2017

The Summer School is organized by the International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel) of the University of Kassel, Germany.


Globalization has brought about the idea of a borderless world, and new realities of a globalized academic world are emerging. Nevertheless, boundaries in science and higher education (research) are ubiquitous and ambiguous. Geographical boundaries still matter and we continue to face boundaries between disciplines and terminologies, the public and the private sector, organizations, career systems, methodological and theoretical approaches, as well as generations. These boundaries often limit our research and our ability to be innovative. But they may also enable original approaches and relevant new results. In addition, important research questions relate to what constitutes these boundaries, how they affect process and outcomes of scientific research, how to harness them and whether to expand or realign them. Accordingly, the 2017 summer school in Higher Education and Science Studies addresses questions related to different boundaries: 

    • How to conduct international comparative research in a world where national spaces become more and more global?
    • How can boundaries help to identify causal effects in empirical research?
    • How can we advance our methods and methodological frameworks connecting micro-, meso-, and macro-level and mixed-method approaches?
    • How can we benefit from interacting across the boundaries of fields and disciplines?
    • How does the globalization of higher education relate to national academic labor markets?
    • How does the geographically bounded university organization survive in an era of digitalization?
    • How does the interaction of different kinds of research organizations, both public and private, reshape the boundaries between them?

      The summer school’s keynotes lectures and workshops will reflect on these and related questions from theoretical, methodological, and practical perspectives. Invited speakers and participants from German and international higher education research and science studies will establish a constructive and critical dialog discussing, transcending and pushing forward the boundaries that cross our work and our field(s).


      Guido Bünstorf, Anna Kosmützky, Georg Krücken (all INCHER-Kassel)

      Keynote Lectures

      • Gili S. Drori, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
      • Christoph Grimpe, Kopenhagen Business School, Denmark
      • Francisco Ramirez, Stanford University, USA

      Workshops, Talks, and Lectures

      • Edith Braun, INCHER-Kassel
      • Stephan B. Bruns, University of Göttingen
      • Grit Laudel and Jochen Gläser, Technical University of Berlin
      • Achim Oberg, Vienna University of Economics and Business
      • Justin Powell and Jennifer Dusdal, University of Luxembourg
      • Ulrike Schwabe, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW)/INCHER-Kassel
      • Romy Wöhlert, University of Leipzig, and Anna Kosmützky, INCHER-Kassel


      Monday – October 9, 2017: Welcome and opening by the organizers, getting to know each other, opening keynote, presentation of participants’ projects, reception & opening dinner with dinner talk

      Tuesday – October 10, 2017: Lecture on p-Hacking, presentation of participants’ projects, workshop and hands on session on interviewing academics/scientists, casual dinner

      Wednesday – October 11, 2017: Talk and discussion on big data, presentation of participants’ projects, poster session, afternoon: social activities “outside the class room” (e.g. museum, walking tour) followed by joint dinner

      Thursday – October 12, 2017: Introductory lecture followed by two parallel workshops on international comparative research (qualitative/ mixed method and quantitative/ multi-level analysis), panel discussion on international collaborative research, pub night

      Friday – October 13, 2017: Talk and discussion on field boundaries, careers, and publication strategies, presentation of participants’ projects, closing keynote, summer school evaluation, feedback, and farewell


      Participants are invited to contribute a paper presentation or interactive poster to the summer school program, but of course participants without own presentation are also welcome. Submissions for presentations and posters could cover the summer school topic and related questions, but are not restricted to it. Paper presentations will have 20 minutes plus discussion. Each poster presenter will have 5 minutes for the poster presentation. After the presentation, the facilitator will open the discussion with the audience. Presenting participants will receive 5 ECTS credits.

      Application and 
      Abstract Submission

      Please apply and – in case you would like to participate with your own presentation or poster – submit an abstract (about one page) by June 16th, 2017 to Letters of acceptance will be sent by July 3rd, 2017as well as detailed information about the location, schedule, and accommodation options.


      Presenting participants will receive 5 ECTS credits.

      FeeThe participation fee is € 75 to cover coffee breaks, lunches and conference dinner.


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