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Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences - Linking Theory and Empirical Research, 17-19 July 2011‏


Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences - Linking Theory and Empirical Research, 17-19 July 2011‏

The Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical
Research aims at promoting young researchers by strengthening their
methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research. In a
first step, we tackle the key methodological challenges of causation,
micro-macro-linkage, and concept-building that occur in all research
efforts. In a second step, we look at how certain empirical fields deal with
these challenges and – by referring to selected empirical studies – what
solutions have been found to overcome them. Furthermore, participants are
provided with hands-on research advices and have the opportunity to present
their own work and approaches to these issues.

The Berlin Summer School is a joint endeavor of two of Germany’s leading
social science institutions, the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences
(BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Social Science Research
Center Berlin (WZB).

The two-week summer school both attracts internationally renowned scholars
and draws back on Berlin-based faculty. Among the confirmed international
lecturers are Craig Calhoun (New York University), John Gerring (Boston
University), Gary Goertz (University of Arizona), Michèle Lamont (Harvard
University), Dietrich Rueschemeyer (Brown University), and Jonathan H.
Turner (University of California, Riverside).

The international summer school is open to thirty PhD candidates. Due to
generous funding by the BGSS and the WZB, there will be no tuition fee. We
have applied for additional funding and thus might be able to cover travel
and accommodation costs for all participants. A decision is expected soon.
Five ECTS Credit Points can be granted due to successful completion.

The call for applications has begun. Application can be submitted online
until May 15, 2011.

For additional information please visit our webpage at:
www.berlinsummerschool.de or contact directly Johannes Gerschewski at
gerschewski@wzb.eu