PhD Courses in Denmark

From Plans to Practice

Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Science, Department of Anthropology

Course objective:

This workshop gives new PhD students in Anthropology at Aarhus University and Copenhagen University the opportunity to present their research projects for critical and constructive discussion in order to turn a successful research proposal into a viable fieldwork project. Projects will be considered in terms of research design, the operationalizing of theories and concepts, methods of constructing data in the field, research ethics and insuring openness to the unexpected. The problems of working in different settings will be examined and compared. The workshop will run over 1 day and will bring together the most recent cohort of PhD students and a seasoned field researcher from each of the two anthropology departments.

Preparation for the course:

No later than 10 October, participants are asked to send the organizers:

  1. A short (2-3 pages) project description focusing on research design
  2. A short (2 pages) reflection paper focusing on methodological, practical and analytical possibilities, challenges, surprises and dilemmas as encountered in the project so far

The project descriptions and reflection papers will be distributed to all participants and are expected to be read in advance. Each participant will be assigned the task of preparing feedback to two other participants, opening up for general discussion. 

Course organisers:
Cecilie Rubow (, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.
Maria Louw ( ) Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University.

Date and time:

24 October 2022 from 11AM to 5PM (probably shorter depending on how many students we have)

Max. number of participants: 5-7


Registration and fee:

The workshop is primarily targeted at PhD students from the departments of Anthropology in Copenhagen and Aarhus Universities. 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 Universities.

Please register via the link in the box no later than 15 September 2022. Registration is closed.

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