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5th Winter School on Research Methodology in the Field of Planning and Urba...

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School of Architecture

18-19 January, 2018, Florence (Italy)

Via della Mattonaia 8

50121 Firenze

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The structure of the Winter School

A network of scholars from a number of Italian universities, engaged with doctoral courses, have voluntarily set up a PhD learning project on research methodology in the field of planning and urban studies. This is a sort of “research methodology school” that offers graduate students, PhD candidates, young academics and scholars on Italian doctoral courses the opportunity to interactively build learning and training paths in research methodology.

The school is organized around three main pillars:

  • Basics. Pre-methodological questions are addressed in this section, for instance related to how writing an academic article or a PhD Thesis, or how to publish on international scientific journals.
  • Methodological questions. Some parallel workshop are offered, addressing, for instance, questions related to methods of qualitative and quantitative research and to the research-action approach; the challenge of working with comparative approaches beyond the stereotyped ‘divides’ that have influenced international research (north/south divide; formal/informal etc.).
  • Challenges. A hot topic in the field of planning and urban studies is addressed, through a talk by two leading scholars in the field, approaching the topic form a different methodological perspective.

The contents of the Winter School 2018

The contents of the Winter School of this year are the following

Basics

Academic Publishing and Writing (Francesco Chiodelli, Gran Sasso Science Institute, and Stefano Moroni, Polytechnic University of Milan)

The first part of the workshop (“Academic writing”) aims to present PhD students with a series of pointers that will serve as a template for formulating their thesis. The second part (“Academic publishing”) aims to introduce PhD students to the challenging world of publishing on international scientific journals in English.

Methodological questions

- Workshop 1

The role of visual methods in urban research (Michele Lancione, University of Sheffield and Giovanni Attili, University of Rome La Sapienza)

Screenign of "A început ploaia / It started raining. Fighting for the right to housing in Bucharest", a documentary film by Michele Lancione (University of Sheffield, UK). The film will be preceded with a discussion on the role of visual methods in urban research, with Michele Lancione and Giovanni Attili (University of Rome La Sapienza).

- Workshop 2

Materiality-Oriented Case Methodology (Laura Lieto, University of Naples Federico II)

The workshop offers essential guidelines about case methodology with a strong orientation to the materiality of urban life, basically drawing on Actor-Network Theory and the new materialism. Examples of an ‘object-oriented case methodology’ will be presented and discussed as the empirical backbone of the workshop program, and to provide students with clues for discussion and critical interaction.

- Workshop 3

- Workshop 4

Challenge

Rules, tools and policies for governing contemporary cities (Ugo Rossi, University of Turin and Nurit Alfari, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel)

Attendance and registration


Attendees are asked to register by 31st of December 2017 at this link …. specifying the

following details: Name, Surname, Affiliation and Role; Which workshop s/he would like to attend;

The workshop will provide students with 4 credits (to be agreed with the sending schools).

The participation is free of charge.

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School of Architecture

18-19 January, 2018, Florence (Italy)

Via della Mattonaia 8

50121 Firenze

Italy

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