PhD Courses in Denmark

From Analysis to Text

Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Science, Department of Anthropology 

Course Objectives
The aim of this course is to develop participants’ ability to produce and reflect on an academic text. You will learn how to develop an argument in a text (a draft of a chapter or and article), and to place it in the wider context of the overall argument of the thesis. The course will explore different styles of writing to allow you to critically reflect on the implications of your stylistic choices for the validity and ethics of your thesis.

Day 1 will present analytical tools for dissecting the form and argumentation of scientific texts. This will be applied to precirculated drafts of excerpts  of participants’ theses (a chapter or an article, max. 20 pages) in the “aquarium model” in order to identify specific strategies for improving the text “de tre benspænd”. These should be incorporated and the revised text precirculated before the second meeting. Two participants are assigned as discussants to each paper for the second meeting.

On Day 2, revisions will briefly be discussed in the aquarium model. It is explored how the argument relate to the overall structure, and the process of revision is analysed and discussed.

The second part of the day we will discuss the implications of different styles of writing based on readings of short paradigmatic texts. These are selected on the basis of the needs identified at the first seminar.

Before day 1: thesis excerpts from all participants, material on form and argumentation in a scientific text.
Before day 2: two revised thesis excerpts and stylistically paradigmatic texts.

The participants are requested to forward a thesis excerpt (20 pages) and a contextualisation (1 page). Before day 2 all participants are expected to prepare a revised text, prepare for two “revised text dissections” and to read three paradigmatic texts.

Course organisers:

Cameron Warner (, Associate professor, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University.
Heiko Henkel (, Associate professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

Date and time:
Day 1: 13 September 2021 from 9:00 to 16:00
Day 2: 11 October 2021 from 9:00 to 16:00

Max. number of participants: 5

ECTS: 3,5

Registration and fee: The workshop is primarily targeted PhD students from Anthropology in Copenhagen and the section for Anthropology and Ethnography at Aarhus University. PhD students from other research schools are welcome to participate in the workshop, if places are available. Please note that you will need to have a background in anthropology, and your project should include anthropological or ethnographic fieldwork. A fee of DKK 1200 per ECTS is charged for PhD students who are not enrolled at Aarhus or Copenhagen University.

Please register via the link in the box no later than 11 August 2021. Registration is closed.

Further information: For more information about the PhD course, please contact the PhD Administration ( or the course organiser.