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    Welcome at the Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh)

    Our doctoral school is characterised by its diversity together with its broad expertise. To keep in close touch with these resources, we have based our doctoral school on the principal of active interaction. The principle of interaction implies a dynamic model of organising the doctoral school, with input from diverse resources.

    As the doctoral school we offer multiple activities to assist in extending and improving your capabilities, in succeeding in gaining a PhD. We also strongly support PhD candidates in setting up activities of mutual interest. We offer some predetermined formats (content seminar, master classes, ...) as explained here.

    On the basis of cooperation we hope to keep closely in touch with the needs of our PhD candidates. With the monthly newsletter, together with the website we endeavour to keep you informed and importantly up to date.

    We wish you every success in your doctoral studies and trust you will appreciate our joint collaboration.

    Yours sincerely,

    Prof. Dr. Karen François

    DSh PhD Network

    The DSh PhD Network is an organization formed by and for the PhDs and post-docs of the doctoral schools of human sciences (DSh) of the VUB.

     

    Our mission is to:

    Promote the wellbeing of DSh PhDs and post-docs.

    Integrate DSh faculties via social events.

    Inform PhDs and post-docs about DSh training and workshops.

    Enhance your experience at the VUB and Brussels.

    If you are a PhD or post-doc in human sciences at the VUB, considering doing so or simply interested is who we are, just ask. We are here to help! We'll keep you posted about the events of our network, things to do in Brussels, life outside academia and the like.

    If you would like to join our organizing committee, email us!

    Upcoming events

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    Monday 4 February, 09:30 - 18:00 U

    VUB PhD CUP: *** Call for presentations ***

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reserve a spot on the pre-selections taking place during the PhD days of the Doctoral Schools and bring along your colleagues! You not only can win a spot during the finals in May, but will...

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reser...

    Tuesday 26 March, 09:00

    DSH - 3rd Demography Day

    Op dinsdag  26 maart 2019 organiseert de Vereniging Voor Demografie (VVD) de derde Dag van de Demografie aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Deze dag staat in teken van recente ontwikkelingen in de demografie en geeft ervaren én jonge onderzoekers de kans hun werk voor te stellen...

    Op dinsdag  26 maart 2019 organiseert de Vereniging Voor Demografie (VVD) de derde Dag van de De...

    Tuesday 26 March, 11:30

    DSH and NSE PhD network Lunch: Understanding your salary and how to negotiate for it

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you consider venturing out of academia after completing your PhD, you will want to be informed about what to expect and how to negotiate for what you want/deserve, because the question ‘What...

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you c...

    Thursday 28 March, 09:30 - 17:15 U

    DSh - Fictions of Europe: Imaginary Topographies and Transnational Identities across the Arts

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Monday 1 April, 19:00

    VUB FuckUp Night - Stories About Failure

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no professors will tell you about their fuck-ups, but fellow brave PhD candidates and doctorate holders now working outside academia. They will tell their story in 7 minutes using 10 images....

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no prof...

    Thursday 4 April, 09:00 - 17:00 U

    DSh - What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century academia?

    Young researchers are almost inevitably confronted with questions and...

    Young researchers are almost inevitably confronted with questions and...

    Friday 5 April, 12:00

    DSH - Gender, religion and secularism in Western public spaces

    This masterclass invites PhD-researchers with interests in studying dynamics of gender, religion and secularism in Western public spaces in disciplines like sociology, urban studies, gender studies, anthropology, social geography or philosophy. Participants can receive feedback and...

    This masterclass invites PhD-researchers with interests in studying dynamics of gender, religion ...

    Tuesday 16 April, 10:00 - 13:00 U

    Statistics for research and data analysis 2018-2019

    Statistics for research and data analysis2018-2019...

    Statistics for research and data analysis2018-2019...

    Wednesday 24 April, 10:00

    DSh - Logical Methods

    Usually logical methods are seen as part and parcel of mathematical methods, but that view is too limited. Logic deals with an evaluation of the quality, including correctness, of all kinds of reasonings and argumentations, including as a borderline case, proof. Many examples will...

    Usually logical methods are seen as part and parcel of mathematical methods, but that view is too...

    Thursday 25 April, 13:30 - 16:30 U

    DSH - Introduction to Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Mplus: A hands-on course

    During a 12-hour course (4 modules of each 3 hours, divided over 2 days)  I will provide an introduction into Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA), the Mplus-language, and the application of CFA in Mplus.

    During a 12-hour course (4 modules of each 3 hours, divided over 2 days)  I will provide an intr...

    Monday 29 April, 12:30 - 15:30 U

    DSh Qualitative research lunches 2018-2019

    A space to build qualitative research expertise by sharing and learning from each other.

    A space to build qualitative research expertise by sharing and learning from each other.

    Wednesday 8 May, 10:00

    DSH - Expert interviews in the Social Sciences

    This seminar (based on a combination of lecture and Q&A) focusses on the use of expert interviews in the humanities and social sciences. Although expert interviews are often used, there is little methodological work setting them apart of other interview techniques. This seminar...

    This seminar (based on a combination of lecture and Q&A) focusses on the use of expert interv...

    Wednesday 8 May, 14:00

    DSH - Publish and Flourish

    Name of lecturer: Prof dr Leo Van Audenhove...

    Name of lecturer: Prof dr Leo Van Audenhove...

    Monday 13 May, 10:00 - 17:00 U

    DSH - Modern linguistic approaches to languages from the past Activity type

    The course aims at familiarizing PhD students of ‘dead’ languages (e.g. Latin, Ancient Greek) or previous stages of modern languages (e.g. Old Dutch, Old/Middle English, Bantu-languages) with modern linguistic frameworks (corpus linguistics, functional linguistics, cognitive...

    The course aims at familiarizing PhD students of ‘dead’ languages (e.g. Latin, Ancient Greek)...

    Thursday 16 May, 09:30

    DSh - An introduction to writing qualitative research papers for publication in academic journals (Qualitative Research Series)

    This seminar is intended for doctoral students and other researchers who are on the verge of or recently started writing qualitative research papers for publication in academic journals. Hence, researchers who have published academic papers successfully might find (parts of) this...

    This seminar is intended for doctoral students and other researchers who are on the verge of or r...

    Thursday 16 May, 13:00 - 17:00 U

    DSH - Introduction to R: an open-source statistical toolbox

    Are you eager to use R for your statistical analyses, but don’t know where and how to start? Then this short workshop is ideal for you!...

    Are you eager to use R for your statistical analyses, but don’t know where and how to start? Th...

    Tuesday 28 May, 14:00

    DSh - Getting started with Qualtrics: Tips and tricks on collecting experimental and survey- data with Qualtrics

    Qualtrics is an online platform that researchers can use to collect data online and build surveys and experiments. This practical workshop aims to get you started with Qualtrics. First, the basic features of Qualtrics are discussed, such as types of questions. Secondly, we will...

    Qualtrics is an online platform that researchers can use to collect data online and build surveys...

    Wednesday 5 June, 08:30 - 23:00 U

    DSH - XXV EURO Working Group on Locational Analysis Meeting

    The XXV EURO Working Group on Locational Analysis meeting (EWGLA 2019) will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on June 5-7, 2019. This meeting intends to gather the operational research community from different parts of the world to share experiences in the field of locational analysis....

    The XXV EURO Working Group on Locational Analysis meeting (EWGLA 2019) will be held in Brussels (...

    Wednesday 5 June, 10:00 - 16:00 U

    DSH - Annual Forum of the Association for Young Legal Historians 2019

    The XXVth Annual Forum of the Young Legal Historians aims to shed light on these questions by looking at the legal history of the closely intertwined concepts of citizenship and legal history. Throughout history, citizenship and identity has been defined in different ways and at...

    The XXVth Annual Forum of the Young Legal Historians aims to shed light on these questions by loo...

    Tuesday 2 July, 10:00

    DSh - Critical Discourse Analysis (Qualitative Research Series)

    Textbook definitions of discourse analysis generally characterize the field as heterogeneous and constituted of a wide range of assumptions, approaches and methodologies. Reflecting the rising popularity of discourse analysis within social sciences, definitions of ‘discourse’...

    Textbook definitions of discourse analysis generally characterize the field as heterogeneous and ...

    Tuesday 30 July, 09:00 - 18:00 U

    DSh 2019 07 30-31 Epistemic Subjects Beyond Individuals

    It’s time to take a closer look at the “epistemic subject” as an explanatory concept and how it may fare in explaining entities beyond individuals.

    It’s time to take a closer look at the “epistemic subject” as an explanatory concept and ho...

    Thursday 19 September, 12:00 - 18:00 U

    DSH - Energy in the Early Modern Home. The Material Culture of Heating, Lighting and Cooking

    The goal of this workshop is to get a better understanding of the causes and effects of energy transitions in early modern Europe seen from a household perspective. It welcomes papers tackling the relation between energy and material culture from a wide range of approaches:...

    The goal of this workshop is to get a better understanding of the causes and effects of energy tr...

    Monday 21 October, 13:00

    DSh - Communicating, the path to a healthy and happy work-relationship with your PhD promotor

    This hands-on workshop aims to expand your communications skillset to get the most out of your relationship with your PhD promotor(s). This workshop will discuss tips and tricks on how to communicate better in general (e.g., active listening, perspective taking, personal conflict...

    This hands-on workshop aims to expand your communications skillset to get the most out of your re...

    Tuesday 29 October, 10:00

    DSH - Masterclasses: International and Intercultural Communication / Diaspora, migration and the media

    The two masterclasses are organized in collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Ghent University with support from ECREA sections International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) and Diaspora, migration and the media (DMM). The two masterclasses precede and will...

    The two masterclasses are organized in collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and ...