8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences
Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Berlin, July 16 – 26, 2018
We are delighted to announce the 8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school
aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical
research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current
In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building,
causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive
for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the
second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research
in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program,
participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The
thematic areas covered are: “External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change”,
“Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the
The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and oneto-one
consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to
present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice
for their research designs.
The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among
the confirmed international lecturers are Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Steve
Fleetwood (University of the West of England, Bristol), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University/
WZB Berlin), Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck), Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenburg),
and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).
The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and
tuition fees can be found on our webpage www.berlinsummerschool.de.
The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and
young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via
the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2018.
The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any
further questions, please contact the organizing team at firstname.lastname@example.org