Welcome to introductory course for new PhD students at the Doctoral School of the Humanities


Being a PhD student – motivation, coping strategies and organisational set-up

The purpose of this course is to give PhD students further insight into being a PhD student in general and specifically at the Doctoral School of Humanities and to share experiences on motivation, coping strategies and the general ups and downs of PhD studies. Participants will be given an introduction to the organizational set-up, daily work and development goals of the Doctoral School of Humanities, before the course moves into a presentation and discussion on motivation, coping strategies and getting the best out of being a PhD student. The course is mainly aimed at recently enrolled PhD students (within the last year) but all PhDs are welcome


  • Presentation on the Doctoral School of Humanities: organisational set-up and daily work, by Anette Therkelsen, Head of Doctoral School
  • Presentation on the work and action plan of the PhD study board, by Lars Birch Andreasen, Head of Study Board
  • Presentation on being a PhD student, including studying abroad, and being a study board member, by Bjarke Zinck Winther, PhD student
  • Motivation and coping strategies for PhDs, by Charlotte Wegener, Associate Professor
  • Sharing experiences and discussing how challenges may be solved

Organizer: Doctoral School of the Humanities

Lecturers: Anette Therkelsen, Lars Birch Andreasen, Charlotte Wegener and Bjarke Zinck Winther


Time: 13 December 2019 at 9-12

Place: Kroghstræde 3, room 2.126

Zip code: 


Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 6 December 2019



At this PhD course focus is on the writing process. You will learn new writing tools, reflect on your own writing practice, get a lot of writing done and hopefully, create a permanent writing group

Offered by: AAU’s Doctoral Schools of Humanities

Teacher: Mirjam Godskesen, PhD https://www.linkedin.com/in/mirjamgodskesen/ 

Place: AAU, Copenhagen

Time: Tuesdays 9.00-12.00

Date: 13 August, 27 August, 10 September, 24 September, 22 October 

Questions related to course, please contact: Mirjam Godskesen, mirjam@learning.aau.dk, mobile +45 6166 7239

ECTS point: Participants are granted 2 ECTS points

Participation: You are welcome to sign up even though there is one day you cannot participate but it is mandatory to be there on the first course day.

Course structure, content and dates:

The course is structured as 5 half-day workshops. At each workshop, new tools/approaches will be introduced and others will be repeated. Participants write individually for at least 1,5 hours followed by reflections on the writing process in groups. The content of the course is:

  • Speed writing and how to use it
  • Writing goals - how to make them specific
  • Distinguish between different phases in the writing process
  • Utilise smaller spans of time for writing and thereby keep the writing process going
  • How to tell the good story and make it into a scientific article
  • Different ways to give feedback
  • Work styles, to make realistic plans and to create a writing group

Before each workshop a short reflection (1/2 page) on the writing process since the last workshop is handed in. One month after the last workshop a 2-page reflection paper is submitted.


Number of participants: The number of participants is limited to 24 and PhD students from Humanities are given priority.

Deadline: 5 August 2019.

Background literature

Gardiner, M. & Kearns, H. (2012), The ABCDE of Writing: Coaching high-quality high-quantity writing, International Coaching Psychology Review, Vol. 7 No 2, http://ithinkwell.com.au/content/ABCDEwriting.pdf (opens in firefox)

C. Aitchinson & C. Guerin (Ed.) (2014), Writing Groups for Doctoral Education and Beyond, Routledge.



The course will be of interest to all students of political philosophy and political theory and in particular to those working on issues concerning democracy.

The two-day course will take form of a one-day seminar consisting of talks by internationally renowned experts in normative political and democratic theory followed by a day of PhD student presentations and feedback from the speakers of the first day as well as associate professor Simon Laumann Jørgensen and Professor Jørn Sønderholm.

The Keynotes and PhD students will be asked to circulate their papers in advance and the circulated papers will be expected reading for the course.

The course will aim at broadening the students awareness of contemporary discussions in political theory with special reference to democratic theory, strengthen their abilities to present and discuss arguments and thoughts within an international academic setting, strengthen their ability to communicate complex theoretical debates to an academic audience, and strengthen their writing skills.

Teaching methods:

The first day will have a seminar format with talks followed by Q&A. The keynotes will be asked to circulate their paper in advance. The second day will take more form of a workshop with shorter presentations of papers by students followed by feedback. The keynotes from day 1 will be assigned the task of giving in-depth comments to two PhD students within the area of their specific competences. The day will end with general advice from the keynotes on how to write and finish a PhD.


  • Associate Professor, Simon Laumann Jørgensen, Department of Political Science, CCWS, Aalborg University
  • Professor MSO, Jørn Sønderholm, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy, Aalborg University


  • Rainer Bauböck, Former professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence
  • Axel Gosseries, Professor at the University of Louvain
  • Robert Huseby, Professor at the department of Political Science, University of Oslo
  • Beate Rössler, Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam


4. Paper is mandatory


7th - 8th August

Kroghstræde 3, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark

Number of seats:


Registration deadline:
1. July 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses

We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 500 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted before 1st July 2019. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

  • Titel:

    Food, Places & Innovation – making sense of new place based food movements

    Course description, incl. learning objectives and prerequisites:

    There is an increasing interest in place-based approaches to value creating in local and regional food economies. Developing the identity of cities and regions turning them into arenas for gastronomic innovation and at the same time involving citizens and enterprises in new ways has become a popular strategy in cities and regions around the world. Creating innovative urban food eco systems however, is a challenge that requires governance, well planned strategies and participation of a broad range of actors. In particular the active participation of citizens and food makers are crucial if the urban food movement of is to create value for the society as such. The course explores the new place based foodways by bringing scholars and practitioners together around the materiality of food it self. It provides unique opportunities for collaborative academic inquiry. The course setting is the Melstedgaard Food lab at isle of Bornholm that over the spring 2019 runs the Meal Pilot educational program for food entrepreneurs, consultants, food professionals, civil servants and others in charge of or involved in development of food strategies at local, regional or national level. The course will mark the closing event of the Meal Pilot progression and will provide unique opportunities for PhD students to conduct collaborative data collection and field studies in direct connection with the hands on food activities at the food lab. The course will in addition involve off lab excursions to innovative food hot spots in the surrounding foodscapes on the island and lecturers from practioners.

    Learning goals The aim of the course is to explore the dynamics and mechanisms of the new social place based “food epidemics” and food movements. The course will allow students to understand the phenomena through the lenses of recent case studies and research and give methodological dimensions to the analysis of students own cases. The course provide a comprehensive overview of the strategies that municipalities and regions use to develop the identity of particular places and how sustainable Urban Food Strategies are currently developed and implemented. It provides knowledge, skills and competencies for scholars that wants to understand strategies and tools and that want to learn from innovative cases in city based sustainable food eco systems change strategies. The course will develop and train students in the COFOMA methodology -  the Collaborative Food Makersspace (explained under training methods).

     Course content Topics will cover urban food branding, gastro tourism concepts, gastronomy rebranding, culinary identity formation, development of innovation hubs for entrepreneurs, governance of urban food strategies, role of street food movements, house of the meals concepts, food truck & food containers, urban gardens & farming strategies and foodscape identity creation 

    Teaching methods:

    The course is based on a practitioner researcher approach based inspired by the principles of autoethnography and collaborative anthropology. The course runs parallel with a practitioner track of cooks, chefs, restaurateurs, kitcheneurs and entrepreneurs which provide the methodological foundation the course that rest on the assumption the dynamics of research/practice interrelationship can provide new academic insight. The course includes lecturers, students pre course assignment, students on and post course assignment, group work, foodscape walkabouts, excursions, exercises, hands on demos, students oral presentations and planning and execution of a social dinner which include a data collection part.

     The course will include pre-course learning tasks so that students will be matched in groups prior to meeting at the course. The online introductory learning tasks will be moderated according to Gilly Salmon’s 5-stage model of e-learning with the aim to introduce the students to each other prior to the in-class sessions and to ease the future team-building and collaboration in class. These tasks are supervised by the course team of lecturers. Students will be offered to present assignments as posters on CPH food summit 2019. The course will use the COFOMA methodology in the group work based assignments. The COFOMA is a course specific practitioner – scholar co-creational space. It allows for data collection and it allows for cooking. It offers students to collect data in ways alternative to traditional interviews techniques. It’s uses elements from collaborative and visual ethnography.

    Description of paper requirements:

    The course assignment is group based and based on the Problem Based Learning model and on the students data collection from the field visits and work that is part of the course. The student will work on the Written Group Assignment that is to be handed in as part of course. The students will pick a case from the course environment and choose informants from the parallel running practitioner course.

    WGA. The written group assignment is an academic piece of work that follows the IMRaD format (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion), that involves on-course data collection based on collaborative inquiry. It will be done in groups, presented on the last day where feedback will be given. Based on feedback groups will submit the final WGA (15 pages)

    Organizer: Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Dept of Learning & Philosophy, SOUL

    Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Department of Learning & Philosophy, Aalborg University

    • Dr. Maria Raquel Ponte da Luz Martins de Sousa. Lisbon University
    • Hyejin Kim Lecturer, Political Science and Global Studies National University of Singapore
    • Erik Mobrand. Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies Seoul National
    • Anders Riel Müller, Researcher, University College Copenhagen & Assoc. researcher, Nordic Institute for Asian Studies

    ECTS: 3,0 for participation and additionally 2,0 if WGA is approved

    Time: June 17th to 20th 2019
    Place:  Melstedgaard, Gudhjem,

    Zip code: 3760
    City: Gudhjem, Bornholm
    Number of seats: 20
    Deadline: May 19th 2019

Deadline for cancellation: June 1st 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses

We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 500 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted before June 1st 2019. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.


PhD supervision seminar - for experienced PhD supervisors at AAU

October 23, 2019, Aalborg Campus

The course is aimed at experienced supervisors at the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences at AAU. It is a very intensive one-day course and the focus is on reflection on supervision style and learning from each other by sharing experiences. As preparation participants must write a supervision letter. The course language is English.

Teacher and facilitator: Mirjam Godskesen

Language: English

Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9.00-16.00

Course secretary: Mette Bjerring, mb@adm.aau.dk

Target group: The seminar is directed at experienced PhD supervisors who have supervised at least 3 PhD students (1-2 can be co-supervision).

Form and content: Teaching at the course alternates between presentations, working with tools and methods, and exchanging experiences related to supervision. The following topics are included in the course:

  • Theories and reflections on the supervisor role
  • Critical moments and early warning signs
  • Active listening
  • Reading strategy
  • Writing tools
  • Feedback
  • Tools to support alignment of expectations

Learning objectives: After completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Reflect on your supervisory experiences in a more theoretical perspective
  • Be aware of early warning signs
  • Apply listening in a way that promotes development of independence
  • Give feedback in a more constructive way
  • Help your PhD student develop efficient reading and writing habits
  • Align expectations in an explicit way

Preparation: Write a supervisor letter and send it to Mirjam@learning.aau.dk. Instructions will be sent to participants after registration. Deadline is October 9, 2019.


09.00-10.15       The supervisor role – does it change for the experienced supervisor?

10.30-12.00       Critical moments and active listening

Dynamics of the PhD process are presented and challenges in the supervision experience are explored in groups through active listening

12.00-12.45       Lunch

12.45-14.15       Reading, writing and feedback

How can you help your PhD student make a reading strategy and develop good writing habits? And how do you give constructive feedback? Tools will be presented that might even be beneficial in your own work-life.

14.15-14.30       Coffee/the break

14.30-15.00       Aligning expectations

Different tools to align expectations are presented and participants discuss them in groups

15.00-16.00       Feedback on supervisor letters in groups and wrap up