Interdisciplinary Doctoral Colloquium (IDK)




What is the IDK?



The IDK is an open, interdisciplinary discussion platform that, for the past 20 years, has been offering young researchers at the University of Heidelberg the opportunity to join together in a forum to discuss current research, to network with each other and to plan their academic careers.

The participating doctoral students from the humanities and social sciences create space for academic exchange on their own research projects. The colloquium provides an opportunity to present one’s dissertation project and to discuss it in an interdisciplinary forum and at the same time to gain insights into projects outside of one’s own research field. We hope that the colloquium will accompany the participants throughout their entire dissertation, enabling them to regularly present the progress made on their projects and providing constructive feedback and methodological suggestions from the group. The interdisciplinary nature of the group has proven to be very constructive and enriching, particularly in the discussion of methods and research approaches.

In addition to interdisciplinary work, reciprocal support and motivation, the IDK offers an opportunity to reflect on the status of “doctoral student” in general and on career planning possibilities. In past semesters, we have been able to invite speakers to the colloquium to address specific topics and can, thus, provide opportunities to learn about acquiring general competencies necessary in academics and to consider one’s own academic career.



30.11.2016 Rosanna Sirignano (Islamic Studies): Female anthropologists in the Arab world: European Orientalism and Palestinian culture in the field notes of Hilma Granqvist (1890-1972)
07.12.2016 Judith Knippschild (European History of Art): „Da wurde der Wunsch Begierde“: Über Japansehnsucht und Künstlerreisen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert
21.12.2016 Ephrem Yacob (Institute for Educational Studies): The practice of induction in secondary schools of Ethiopia: a mixed method dissertation
18.01.2017 Marte Puente González (Romanistics): Linguistic persuasion for the defence of the land: The Primordial Titles of the indigenous societies
01.02.2017 Aida Murtić (Transcultural Studies): Transcultural Urban Landscape: Towards Reading Spatial Images of Sarajevo


Time: Wednesday 7 pm
Start: December 2016
Place: Room 016 at the Romanisches Seminar (Seminarstr. 3)
Coordination: Lena Sowada

We invite all interested doctoral students to participate in the colloquium. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the IDK! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Last updated: 2017-01-10
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