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Summer school: Writing in qualitative research

Discover the possibilities to focus on different stages of the writing process, based on participants' examples as a starting point for discussing general topics

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Medicine and Health
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Environmental sciences, Urbanism, Geography
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 2
Course dates
1-2 August 2022

The school addresses PhD students from CIVIS and non-CIVIS universities. Depending on the stage of the research process, anyone writing an empirical qualification thesis is faced with very different questions about writing: How to present my research idea to research funders? How to write 'in the field'? How to formulate the results appropriately in an international context? Guided by experts in qualitative social research, participants develop and reflect on adequate forms of writing for different stages of their research process.

Main topics addressed

For the first time, the school is offered as a joint CIVIS event, with project partners in Glasgow and Brussels, and we hope that participants will come from all over Europe (and maybe beyond). At the same time, we continue to offer workshops in German as many participants write theses in German and have data material in the German language. Thus, the school will be bilingual with an English keynote and roundtable and workshops in either English or German. This year, the following workshops will be offered:

  • Das Schreiben von Anträgen und Exposés für qualitative Studien (Prof. Dr. Almut Peukert)
  • Ethnografische Schreibweisen (Dr. Tobias Boll)
  • Reflexivity and Writing (Dr. Andreas Streinzer)
  • Qualitative Forschung in englischen Zeitschriftenaufsätzen publizieren (Assistant Prof. Dr. Susann Wagenknecht)
  • Writing Up Findings: Developing rich and convincing empirical accounts (Prof. Dr Kathleen Riach)

Learning outcomes

Active participants share material from their own research projects.

Projects will be selected according to the particular goals of the workshops. Other participants (non-active) do not bring their own material but still learn a lot from debating the other examples.

Work in progress is always welcome, and those sharing their own project in the workshop will benefit greatly.

Dates: 1 & 2 August 2022 CIVIS scholarships: 15
Format: Physical Language: English, German
Location: Tübingen, Germany Contact hours: 16
Contact: Individual workload:14-34 hours

The individual workload is 14 hours for non-active participants and 34 hours for active participants.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS for non-active participants and 2 ECTS for active participants. The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 


5 parallel workshops are offered: 3 in German and 2 in English, running from 1 August  2022 at 14.00 CET to 2 August 2022 at 16.00 CET.

The workshops address different stages of writing in qualitative research projects, such as proposal writing, ethnographic writing, reflexivity in writing, and writing for publishing.


This course is open to PhD students in the social sciences who have experience with qualitative methods and research. 

Application process

Interested students should fill in the application form and send it to by 10 June 2022.

Selected students will be notified on 25 June 2022.


The course will be evaluated electronically by the University of Tübingen. 

General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses

Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation.  If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office. 

Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this. 

A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.

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  • Professor Kathleen Riach is chair of Organization Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and has extensive experience in qualitative and mixed methods research exploring discrimination, embodiment and identity.
  • Susann Wagenknecht ist Juniorprofessorin für Mikrosoziologie und techno-soziale Interaktion an der TU Dresden.
  • Andreas Streinzer is an economic anthropologist and has written about situations of economic upheaval in Eastern Africa, Greece, and in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Tobias Boll vertritt z.Zt. die Professur für qualitative Methoden in Bayreuth und leitet ein Teilprojekt im SFB Humandifferenzierungen.
  • Almut Peukert ist Juniorprofessorin für Arbeit, Organisation und Geschlecht und Gutachterin für die DFG.