Call for papers

This meeting focuses on two major thematic tracks with the emphasis on (co-)creating practical tools to address contemporary issues within the field of WOP.

  1. Building tools to improve WOP research: This track focuses on taking a critical stance to how we do research in WOP—both in terms of theory and research methods—and to develop tools that help WOP members to improve the quality of their research. We introduce insights from various critical traditions, to address the dominance of neo-positivist epistemologies in WOP, enabling us to grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of what and how we research. Simultaneously, we build on the notion of substantive-methodological synergy, emphasizing the need for a close match between research questions and research methods. We invite participants to reflect on methodological pluralism and link this topic to open science practices and other best practices. 

  1. Building tools to improve life in academia: Within this track, we want to capitalize on the expertise of participants to develop tools that help improve life in academia. On the one hand, we invite participants to use their expertise to make academia a healthier workplace, for example by developing tools that can help deal with job uncertainty or burnout within an academic context. On the other hand, we encourage participants to reflect on practices that promote equality in the workplace, to improve wellbeing for everyone in academia. 

We invite participants to submit a proposal that relates to one of these two tracks in one of the following four formats:

1. Workshops: These sessions involve guided instruction and training by experienced mentors.

2. Hack-a-thons: These sessions involve projects where all participants jointly work toward a clear end goal.

3. Unconference sessions: Participants can freely pitch and discuss ideas during these sessions, which are moderated by the session organisers and focus on a particular topic or issue.

4. Lightning talks:These sessions include short, five-minute presentations which may be bundled into lightning talk sessions (i.e., participants do not need to submit symposium style proposals, but an individual presentation).

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