HERSS Summer School 2021
06 Sep
06. Sep. 2021 10. Sep. 2021
Summer School

HERSS Summer School 2021

HERSS Summer School and Current Corona Pandemic
Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic and the measures taken to contain it, we have devided that, at this point, it is not possible to assess whether an event with international participants at the beginning of September 2020 will create health hazards.

Accordingly, our summer school "Making Theory Work" will be postponed for a whole year and take place from 06.-10. September 2021.

We hope you are looking forward as much as we do to the summer school and meeting in person. Stay safe and healthy.

How do you do theory? While the craft of methods and empirical work more generally is often made explicit in higher education research and science studies, theory work usually remains implicit. The aim of the summer school is to make explicit how we work with theories, and how we make them work. We would like to discuss the craft of theorizing, explore routines and strategies of doing theory, think about opportunities and blind spots of theory work, and uncover the positions and relations theories can have in our research. The summer school will give early career researchers in higher education research and science studies the opportunity of a reflexive hands-on approach to theory. It will provide a context to reflect the theory work in one’s own research and discuss it with eminent scholars of theorizing in the fields of higher education research and science studies and beyond.

Topics include but are not limited to

• Different meanings of “theory”

• Theory developments in higher education research and science studies

• Theory orientation(s) in interdisciplinary fields

• Doing theory and how to theorize

• Falsifying, visualizing, and contextualizing theories

• Relations between theories, methods, and empirical evidence

• Updating the classics and arguments against theory/theories


06. Sep. 2021 10. Sep. 2021


Holzmarkt 5
30159 Hannover