A PhD view on the EMES Training Schools :

A PhD view on the EMES Training Schools : "My PhD researcher identity grew new roots"

While summing up the experiences after #8EMEStrainingschool, we thought about EMES training schools’ contribution to PhD students and early-career researchers (ECR) and vice-versa. Young researchers involved in social enterprises, third sector, voluntary associations, and social and solidarity economy are central to the EMES community.

 Kai Roland shared his experience of the #EMEStrainingschool held online and in-person in Teruel (Spain). A reflection from Kai, PhD candidate at the Roskilde University (Denmark), testifies to EMES´s added value developing a PhD researcher identity while bringing the human beings behind the researcher.

..my PhD researcher identity grew new roots in discussions of innovative teaching styles, imposter syndrome, and experiments in being a “salsa dancing social scientist”.

My first in-person training school was in Teruel in 2021 – where we celebrated with relief the ability to be in person, after a valiantly fought battle with a Zoom training school the year before. I had just come from a research stay in Coimbra, Portugal, and I really felt the need to plant the seeds of what I had been experiencing in familiar soil. EMES provided that common ground and familiar language: I reconnected with junior researchers across the field, and even sketched out a new article with a colleague whilst sprawled on the grass with our laptops. Not only was the content of my PhD project enriched by the chats, inputs and questions fired at me in the Teruel heat, but my PhD researcher identity grew new roots in discussions of innovative teaching styles, imposter syndrome, and experiments in being a “salsa dancing social scientist”*.

Salsa dancing into the social sciencesKristin Luker, 2008.

Thanks, Kai. Always happy to see you again!

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