From Analysis to Text

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Deadline: 01 Mar 2020

From Analysis to Text
Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University

This 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. We will work with participants' own texts. Please make sure that t you have time to work on your text between the two course days. 

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, i.e. “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 be discussed briefly in the aquarium model. It is explored how the argument relates 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.


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 an article), and to place it in the wider context of the overall argument of the thesis. 


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.
Before course start, 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.

Target group:

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. 






3.5 ECTS


Mikkel Rytter (AU) and Oscar Salemink (UCPH)

Dates and time:

4 March and 25 March 2020
Most likely 10-17 both days, depending on number of participants. 


4 March:

Aarhus University, Finlandsgade 21, 8200 Aarhus N, building 5335, room 091

25 March:

University of Copenhagen, building/room 1.1.17 (CSS), complete address to be announced

Application deadline:

Please apply for a spot via  no later than 15 January 2020.


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