For our Summer School Telling People Apart: Sorting, Grouping and Distinguishing, we put together an intensive and engaging program with international speakers from a wide variety of disciplines. We welcome doctoral students to apply and are looking forward to spending an inspiring week together in Mainz in June 2023!

The Summer School will take place from Sunday evening, June 18, to Saturday, June 24, 2023. Events that are obligatory for the participants are scheduled only in the period from Monday to Friday, with voluntary programs on Sunday evening (Welcome Dinner) and Saturday (leisure program still to be planned).

The Summer School will open with a keynote address by Stefan Hirschauer (Monday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Alte Mensa). In addition, there will be three public keynotes in the evening (Ted Schatzki, June 19, 6-8 pm, Alte Mensa; J├╝rgen Streeck, June 20, 6-8 pm, Alte Mensa; Rivke Jaffe, June 21, 6-8 pm, Dekanatssaal NatFak).

The main program will take place in our premises in Hegelstrasse (maps and directions will be provided later).

On the mornings from Tuesday, June 20, to Friday, June 23, in collaboration with the writing center, Phillis, we offer a writing breakfast in parallel in separate rooms in German and English from 9 to 10 a.m. each day. This offers doctoral students the opportunity to write down impressions from the workshops and keynotes they attended and make connections to their own projects.

In the same time slot, Tuesday, June 20, through Friday, June 23, from 9 to 10 a.m., participants can book a one-on-one appointment with a professor to discuss dissertation projects and academic career planning.

Because writing breakfasts and one-on-one appointments are concurrent, doctoral students attend the writing breakfast on three days and take one one-on-one meeting with a professor of their choice.

Throughout the week, there are 14 workshops of varying lengths (spread over one, two, or three 2-hour slots), two of which always run concurrently. This means that all participants attend a total of 7 different workshops. In a procedure beforehand, participants can indicate their preferences (choose one of two parallel running workshops). More information of the procedures will follow. The organizing team will try to implement the preferences as much as possible; however, we have to organize room capacities and a balanced number of participants for all workshops, so it may be that not every wish can be fulfilled. All workshops will be held in English.

The Summer School week will be very intensive, so we have refrained from scheduling presentations of individual doctoral projects. Instead, workshop leaders will ask doctoral students to share materials, ideas, examples, etc. from their projects in the workshops, or ask doctoral students to write small texts in advance, in which they think about their project in context of a certain method, theory, approach, or in regards to a certain topic. Doctoral students will receive the requirements to prepare for each workshop ahead of time.