Previous courses

Intimacy and Abuse in the Digital Age 

Digital exchange of intimate images is an everyday, pleasurable practice. However, it can also be harmful and subject to criminal abuse. Therefore, it has become an international cause for concern in media, policy and practice. At the same time it has become the object of study for an emerging field of interdisciplinary research. In this 2-day PhD course, several leading scholars within the field will present state-of-the-art research and discuss future perspectives of sexting and digital intimacies. The course will contextualize the sharing of intimate images within the field of sociology, communication, criminology and gender studies and welcomes participants from across the humanities and social sciences interested in the study of social media, online youth culture and digital crime. The course will examine the role of the digital in sexual and romantic relations from flirting and dating to abuse and violations. Keynotes will analyze the differences in perceptions of risk according to gender and the developments of ethical and caring relations in online interaction. Discussions will point towards the ways in which research can assist in regulating/intervening to prevent image-based abuse while also countering and avoiding victim-blaming in harm-reduction campaigns.

With: Michel Walrave (University of Antwerp), Kath Albury (Swinburne University of Technology), and Signe Ravn (University of Melbourne).
Date: May 15-16, 2019.

Modern Sociological Theory

The course is offered in cooperation by the Departments of Sociology in Copenhagen, Lund, and Gothenburg. The course focuses on sociological theory during the period between roughly 1945 and 2000. It will discuss what is considered to be central theoretical developments and problems and also open up for discussions on what has been seen as more peripheral theoretical perspectives. The course aims both at orienting participants in different theoretical areas and traditions, and make possible in-depth studies of particular fields. The course aims at enriching participants ability to relate the development of sociological theory to relevant social, cultural and political contexts. The course will be based on mandatory readings and discussion seminars as well as on readings chosen by the participants according to their interest and in accordance with teachers.

With: Mikael Carleheden, Poul Poder, Bo Isenberg (Lund), Anders Hylmö (Lund), and Carl-Göran Heidegren (Lund).
Date: November 5, 2018 - January 9, 2019.

Innovative Methods for Digital Sociology

This workshop is directed at introducing participants to innovative methods of researching aspects of digital society. The workshop will begin with an overview of various methods that can be used in social research generally, and more specifically for digital sociology. Some of these methods draw on arts-based or design-based approaches, which seek to inspire creative responses from participants that can begin to surface the more-than-representational and more-than-digital elements of people’s entanglements with digital technologies. Then five methods will be introduced in more detail: 1) storyboarding; 2) story completion; 3) love/breakup letters; 4) memory writing; and 5) mapping. Following this introduction, workshop participants will break into small groups for hands-on explorations of some of these new methods. They will work together to choose a topic and a method from the choices offered them, and will then apply the method in the group. The workshop will end with each group presenting to the wider participant group, reflecting on their experiences of using the method and what it might offer for a sociocultural analysis of the technologies involved.

With: Professor Deborah Lupton, University of Canberra, Australia.
Date: November 15, 2018.

Visual Social Sciences and Digital Media Politics

This PhD course addresses students interested in conducting empirical research in the fields of visual social science, anthropology, and digital and complex media publics. Visual images have been studied by art historians and by students of culture, gender, media, and communication, anthropology, and postcolonial studies. Only lately have social and political scientists started to conduct visual analysis. Connecting the interdisciplinary fields of visual and social science methods, cultural theory, media, anthropology, sociology, and international relations, this course discusses theoretical concepts and concrete empirical tools for PhD students and researchers to investigate visual forms of communication in digital publics and print media, among policy makers and in globalized arenas of politics and protest. Keynote speakers and invited guests debate a number of important questions: How do images construct and shape people’s capacity to communicate and popularize their message in digital publics and toward national and transnational audiences involving allied political parties and institutions? How is authenticity and popularity constructed in visual icons of popular protest or in antagonist and increasingly populist election campaigns? How do current forms of digital and visual communication and social media affordances restrict and enable political communication between media actors, institutions, and radical political and social movements? Which cultural and gendered representations of ‘everyone’ shape the historic emergence of liberal democratic communication and the rise of populist political communication? Under what conditions do activists and civil society groups succeed to express public dissent as well as create and spread images of protest through digital and complex media publics? 

With: Professors Anna Schober and Alice Mattoni.
Date: October 11-12, 2018.

Race/Ethnicity, Contentious Politics, and Social Movements — A Comparative Perspective

This PhD course is organized around lectures, discussions, and international research exchange in all areas of contentious mobilization, civic participation, and social movements. Our thematic starting point is the current moment of uncertainty and contentious mobilizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. We explore both right wing mobilizations on race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and progressive movements and civil society networks trying to build effective coalitions including migrants, minorities, refugees, disenfranchised workers and those affected by environmental disaster. PhD students and researchers are invited to present draft research papers, get feedback, and present their interests/projects on all aspects and theories of research on civic participation, mobilization, and social movements. Lectures will engage in an interdisciplinary and comparative research exchange with invited scholars working on the United States, China, Europe, and the Middle East.

With: Professor Doug McAdam, Stanford University.
Date: September 6-7, 2018.

Sociology of Emotions

The aim of the course it to familiarize students with classical and contemporary perspectives in the sociology of emotions, to enable students to critically discuss theoretical assumptions, methodological approaches and empirical results within the sociology of emotions and to construct a theoretical framework and methodological approach to a specific research problem in the student’s own ongoing or planned project. The study of emotions is inherently multidisciplinary as it engages with biological and psychological as well as social and cultural theory and research. With this point of departure, the focus of the sociological discipline, as well as of this course, is on the social, and sociologically relevant, aspects of emotions. The course offers a broad overview of theories and research in the sociology of emotions, spanning from the classics to contemporary theories and research. Both structural and situational/interactional approaches to the role of emotions in social life are explored. Part of the course deals with the students research projects, through which there is opportunity to discuss project ideas in relation to the various perspectives on emotions presented. There will also be opportunity to discuss various methods employed and ways to apply and develop theory in the analysis of empirical data. All participants are required to read and relate some key texts (compulsory literature), but thereafter encouraged to focus independently on their own area of research. 

With: Merete Monrad, Poul Poder, Åsa Wettergren, and guest teacher Deborah Gould, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Date: February 20 - May 14, 2018.

Developing your research design

The aim of this course is to offer participants an opportunity to qualify their Ph.D.-project design. We do this in sessions where course participants present and reflect upon their research plan, while receiving feedback from other Ph.D.-students and from an experienced Ph.D.-supervisor. Another aim of the course is to discuss general topics such as thesis form (monograph or articles), thesis quality demands, and writing and publication of articles.

With: Professor Margaretha Järvinen, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.
Date: August 21-22, 2018.

Governance, participation and the role of knowledge in the Anthropocene

Our societies are facing fundamental social changes in the coming decades as they will have to transform from fossil dependent and resource consuming economies to fossil-free and recycling/circular economies. On the one hand societies will have to adapt to inevitable climate changes, depletion of  resources and the derived consequences of this (droughts, flooding, mass migration, etc.), and on the other hand mitigate these changes through taking innovations in many types of technology (energy, water, biochemistry, etc.), and in societal and infrastructure systems to new levels. Challenges for the social sciences are abundant and touches upon both the individual (new patterns of consumption, new lifestyles, change of values and beliefs, etc.), communities (new forms of production, transportation, dwelling, personal relations, etc.), nations (regulation of resources, questions of equality, measures of wealth, etc.), and transnational and global relations and institutions (transfer of knowledge and technology, building lasting regulatory regimes, (non-) compliance to international norms and treaties, etc.) While these challenges raise important questions about changes in power relations, justice, democracy and politics at different scales, they also fundamentally question whether our traditional, discipline-oriented ways of understanding these phenomena are adequate, and even more fundamentally how policy-relevant knowledge in this field is produced and whether it meets the challenges that decision-makers are confronted with?

With: Anders Blok, Quentin Gausset, and internal and external commentators.
Date: June 6-7, 2018.

Classical Sociological Theory

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about key contributions to sociological theory, defined as ”sociological classics” (i.e. Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Tönnies and the Chicago-school); to problematize the ”classics discourse” and to present examples of ”alternative classics”, i. e. scholars/texts (particularly focusing on gender and race/ethnicity) that have been influential without having been awarded the status of ”classics” (e.g. Du Bois, de Beauvoir and Fanon), and to provide the students with ability to discuss and evaluate the significance and usefulness of ”the classics” in relation to contemporary sociological theory and empirical research.

With: Håkan Thörn (Göteborg), Bo Isenberg (Lund), and multiple guest lecturers.
Date: October-December 2017.

Democratic Resistances in the Times of Rightwing Mobilization: From Deliberation to Protest

This PhD course addresses students interested in theories of democracy, political participation and resistance studies drawing on an interdisciplinary field of methods in sociology, anthropology, and political science. Our starting point is activists’ search for effective models of cooperation and collective action allowing people from different backgrounds to dialogue and take democratic decisions together in a shifting political environment of backlash, surveillance and repression. This gives rise to a number of important questions: How and to what extend do the current radical movements succeed to multiply and connect to build coalitions to support minorities, migrants and refugees combining identity and resistance in everyday politics? What political, cultural, and epistemic translating practices do heterogeneous coalitions use to work together, and to what degree do they become "spaces of radical openness" in response to the binary and antagonistic discourses of neo-right populism? Under what conditions do activists succeed to express public dissent as well as organize deliberation and collective action involving allied political parties and institutions? Keynote lecturers and the reading materials in this course will explore the relationship between theories and practices of deliberation, prefigurative democracy, and non-violent resistance focusing on case studies including the refugee solidarity movements in Europe and the anti-Trump protests as well as the Arab Spring, Occupy and Indignados movements.

With: Professor Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University, and Professor Jeffrey Juris, North Eastern University.
Date: May 18-19, 2017.

Developing your research design

The aim of this course is to offer participants an opportunity to qualify their Ph.D.-project design. We do this in sessions where course participants present and reflect upon their research plan, while receiving feedback from other Ph.D.-students and from an experienced Ph.D.-supervisor. Another aim of the course is to discuss general topics such as thesis form (monograph or articles), writing and publication of articles, co-authoring, research ethics etc.

With: Professor Margaretha Järvinen, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.
Date: August 22-23, 2017.

PhD Course in Modern Sociological Theory

The course is a result of a collaboration between the sociology departments at University of Copenhagen and Lund University. The course is planned to become part of a series of theory courses which also includes a collaboration with the sociology department at Gothenburg University.
The course offers an extensive overview of currents in Sociological theory from 1945 to 1989. It also offers great opportunities for participants to develop their own theoretical interests.

With: Multiple lectures.

The City and the Pragmatic Turn

The international conference and PhD seminar entitled ‘The City and the Pragmatic Turn’ will be held in Copenhagen. The aim of the conference is to assemble researchers that in recent years have been engaged in the encounter between urban studies and pragmatism (mainly the sociology of engagements and ANT/AIME) in order to take stock of the overall results until now: the conceptions of cities and urbanities involved; the ways of investigating the design and planning of architectures, urbanities and urban landscapes; the interrogations of activism and cosmopolitics; the question of ecological crisis and urban change.

With
: keynote speakers professor Albena Yaneva, Manchester University and professor Laurent Thévenot, EHESS, Paris.
Dates: November 5-6.

Videnskabsteori og forskningsdesign – et kursus for første års ph.d. studerende

Formålet med kurset er, at give ph.d. studerende muligheden for at diskutere og udvikle designet af deres ph.d. afhandling og at tage stilling til deres videnskabsteoretiske ståsted. Videnskabsteori ses ikke isoleret, men i tæt sammenhæng med forskningsdesign og metode. Kurset giver en målrettet overblik over aktuelle videnskabsteoretiske positioner og fremhæver videnskabsteoriens teoretiske og praktiske konsekvenser for forskningsdesignet og metoden. More information coming soon.

Date: August 23-24, 2016.

Advanced Social Movements Studies

The study of social movements and contentious politics are more relevant than ever. Movements have in recent decades mobilized in relation to issues of climate and environment, globalization, gender and sexuality and the economic and financial policies. These mobilizations have vigorously been challenging powerholders. Lately, the large influx of refugees from the Middle East has spurred the mobilization of both pro- and anti-refugee movements across Europe. In the US, waves of protest against discriminatory practices against people of color dominates the agenda together with rising tensions over the immigration issue. In the wake of the financial crisis, also within established politics the role of movements have been growing as protest movements have organized as independent parties or as factions in established parties and have gained significant popular backing with Syriza seizing power in Greece as the climax so far.

With: Professor Douglas McAdam, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Associate Professor Nicole Doerr, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Senior researcher Flemming Mikkelsen, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.
Date: September 20-21, 2016.

Causes of Coorporation: Theory and Evidence

The conditions under which individuals come to cooperate in groups so as to promote the corporate welfare – rather than acting as free riders, cheaters or, worse, predators -- is one of the central issues in the social and biological sciences. Cooperation lies at the heart of the problems of collective action and social order, and it is responsible for solutions to social dilemmas, such as the overexploitation of common-pool resources. In this Ph.D. course we will survey key theories of cooperation in humans and discuss exemplary empirical studies attempting to assess these theories.

With: Michael Norman Hechtor.
Date: October 10 - November 22, 2016.

Contemporary Sociological Theory

The course focuses on sociological theory after 1989. It will discuss what is considered to be central theoretical developments and problems. The course aims both at orienting participants in different theoretical areas and traditions, and make possible in-depth studies of particular fields. The course aims at enriching participants ability to relate the development of sociological theory to relevant social, cultural and political contexts. The course will be based on mandatory readings as well as on readings chosen by the participants according to their interest and in accordance with teachers.

With: Mikael Carleheden, Bengt Larsson, Helen Peterson, Kerstin Jacobsson, Petri Ylikoski, Bjørn Schiermer, Mitchell Dean.
Date: October 10 - December 2, 2016.