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PhD students and early stage Post-Doctoral Researchers
14-15 September 2017 at University of Potsdam, Germany
Invitation to participate in a Seminar on “The many Disciplines of Public Administration”
'If you want to improve the interdisciplinary field of PA, then join us'
We invite early stage researchers (PhD students and PhD + 4 years) from disciplines such as Public Administration, Administrative Law, Public Policy, Economics, Public Management, Sociology and Political Science who are interested in the relationship of different disciplines to Public Administration, both as an academic field and as an object of teaching and research. We are interested in how different disciplines relate to PA, concerning main problems and characteristics, and possible future developments.
The Seminar is part of EPPA, the 'European Perspectives for Public Administration'. More information can be found here: http://europeanperspectivespa.eu/
The seminar 'The many Disciplines of Public Administration' aims to discuss the more or less problematic links between the major disciplines that constitute the field of Public Administration. Key questions are how disciplines such as political sciences, management sciences, law, economics, ... are dialoguing, sharing, collaborating (or not) with/within PA and how this could result in more and better synergies to produce more relevant knowledge to understand the functioning of the field of public policies and administration: What can we learn and how can we cooperate across the established disciplinary boundaries, which seem to become ever more imperative and impregnable?
From a thematic point of view there will be a focus on relationships between ´PA and Political Science´, ´PA and Management´, ´PA and Administrative Law´, and ´PA and Public Policy´, ´PA and Sociology´ and ´PA and ICT/eGov/Digitalization´. Each session will last 90 minutes, with three contributions, lasting max. 15 to 20 minutes each, two by experienced colleagues, and one by a younger researcher (PhD or Post-doc). The contribution should be not comprehensive, but highlight important developments and problems.
The number of participants in the stage of PhD students or early Post-Doctoral Researchers is in total limited to six. We are interested in one specific contribution to each of the sessions (see below).
Please submit a) a short outline of a max. 15-minutes input for the EPPA Seminar “The many Disciplines of Public Administration” referring explicitly to one of our sessions focusing on PA and Political Science´, ´PA and Management´, ´PA and Administrative Law´, and ´PA and Public Policy´, ´PA and Sociology´ and ´PA and ICT/eGov/Digitalization´.
We are interested in what in your view are the main problems, challenges or opportunities for the future development of the relationship of PA and your discipline (250 words max., in English) accompanied by b) a short CV, electronically by March 15, 2017. Preferably, the input is related to /an extract of your current research or your project.
To apply for contribution, please send your outline and CV to Jana Bertels (email@example.com ) and refer to “Contribution to EPPA Seminar -The many Disciplines of PA” in the subject line.
|Thursday, September 14 2017||Seminar venue: University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee (Location: tba)|
|14.30-16.00||2.Session||PA and Political Science input from|
|16.30-18.00||3.Session||PA and Management input from|
|Friday, September 15 2017||Seminar venue: University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee (Location: tba)|
|08.30-10.00||4.Session||PA and Administrative Law input from|
|10.30-12.00||5.Session||PA and Public Policy input from|
|13.30-15.00||6.Session||PA and Sociology input from|
|15.30-17.00||7.Session||PA and ICT/eGoV/Digitalization|
|17.00-18.30||8.Session||Conclusion: PA and the disciplines|
Technicalities and travel arrangements
The EPPA project will pay for all travel expenses including flights (economy class), train transportation, and hotel accommodation (max. 100 € per night). Lunch and coffee breaks as well as the dinner are offered.
Bertels, Jana | Project Coordinator | University of Potsdam | Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bouckaert, Geert | KU Leuven | Mail: email@example.com
Jann, Werner | University of Potsdam | Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"PhD students and early stage Post-Doctoral Researchers"- Contribution
October 20 to October 21, 2016 in Leuven, Belgium
On the occasion of the Leuven city festival '500 YEARS UTOPIA' dedicated toThomas More´s "Utopia" published in Leuven in 1516
Invitation to participate in a Seminar on Public Administration and the Future
We invite early stage researchers (PhD students and PhD + 4 years) from disciplines such as Public Administration, Law, Economics, Public Management, Sociology, Political Science or History working on ´Future cities´, ´Ecotopia´, ´Big data and Internet of Things´ and ´Future citizens ' (see programmeand application procedure below). The number of participants in the stage of PhD students or early Post-Doctoral Researchers is in total limited to 4. We are interested in one specific contribution to each of the sessions.
The 'Futures Seminar' is the first in number of seminars dealing with "European Perspectives for Public Administration" (EPPA).
What are the "European Perspectives for Public Administration" (EPPA)?
In line with major initiatives within the US Public Administration community to periodically reflect about the academic field of researching and teaching Public Administration, the European PA community is also organising such an effort to debate its future directions. The main concern is to remain relevant and be part of a solution for future societal and policy problems.
This EPPA project is financed by the Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. It is implemented by professor Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven) and professor Werner Jann (Potsdam University), within the institutional context of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA).
The project was initiated in May 2014 and runs until 2019. A qualitative internet-based survey within the European PA community was conducted to assess and document opinions and concerns. Four major ´Pillars´ are developed and discussed: Disciplines, Futures, Cultures and Practices.
EPPA Pillar: Futures
One of the major challenges for Public Administration is to anticipate the futures and to include this knowledge and capacity in policies and governance. Public Administration research and teaching runs too much behind the facts; it should be also in front of the facts, it should not just push realities but also pull realities.
According to this logic, it is important to bring not just scenarios, but also ´utopias´ back to social sciences. ´Utopia´ is in this sense one method to develop 'possible futures'. For Elias 'utopia' becomes part of a social science research toolkit, just like critique of sources, statistics, studies of trajectories, reconstructing networks, content analysis, reception studies, comparison, etc. (Elias, 2009). Utopia as a social science technique allows one to look at potentials for realisation, a gap analysis, and possible futures. Utopia also put more emphasis on teleological rationality, rather than causality, of change patterns. They put path dependency, bifurcations, and constraints in the perspective of reverse logics,backward mapping, effect/cause or objective/means logics much more central. For Elias this helps tore-evaluate the role of imagination in social sciences and opposes the fatalism of incrementalism and pragmatism in research and policies.
The purpose is to keep an eye on the future: How can we learn trusting utopias and distrusting dystopias, learning to think beyond short-term problems and solutions, but trying to be as realistic aspossible?
The Logic of the Futures Seminar
From a thematic point of view there will be a focus on ´Future cities and utopian architecture´,´Ecotopia´, ´Big data and Internet of Things´ and ´Future citizens '. Each session consists of a debate including a field key presenter, an academic key discussant, arepresentative of an EGPA study group as commenter, and preferably an input by a PhD Student orearly stage Post-Doctoral Researcher.
Please submit a) a short outline of a 10-minutes input for the EPPA futures seminar referring explicitlyto one of our sessions focusing on ´Future cities, utopian architecture´, ´Ecotopia´, ´Big data and Internet of Things´ and ´Future citizens '. Please answer the following question: What are in your viewthe main future challenges based on your research in one of these topics? (250 words max., in English) accompanied by b) a short CV, electronically by August 21, 2016. Preferably, the input is related to /anextract of your current research or your dissertation project.
To apply for contribution, please send your outline and CV to Jana Bertels (email@example.com ) and refer to "EPPA Contribution to Futures Seminar" in the subject line.
Acceptance of the four selected participants will be notified until the beginning of September.
Technicalities and travel arrangements
The EPPA project will pay for all travel expenses including flights (economy class), train transportation and hotel accommodation. A contingent of rooms will be reserved at a hotel in Leuven. Please let us know if you wish to book a room. Lunch and coffee breaks as well as the dinner at the Faculty club, theOrgan recital and the entrance fee for the exhibitions are offered.
|Thursday, October 20 2016|
|13:00 - 15:00||Session 1 Introduction: "General futures and innovations"|
|15:00 - 17:00||Session 2 "Future cities, utopian architecture"|
Visit of Utopia Exhibitions / Art historical & Contemporary,
Dinner at the KU Leuven Faculty Club, (http://www.facultyclub.be/en/)
|Friday, October 21 2016|
|09:00 - 11:00||Session 3 "Ecotopia"|
|11:00 - 13:00||Session 4 "Big Data and IoT"|
|13:00 - 13:30||Lunch break|
|13:30 - 15:30||Session 5 " Future citizens"|
|15:30 - 16:30||Conclusion and open debate|
|16:30 - 17:15|
Organ recital at the church of the Grand Beguinage (http://www.kuleuven.be/studentenvoorzieningen/huisvesting/residentiesab/grootbegijnhof/en/history)
Venue: Leuven, Faculty Club, Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven (http://www.facultyclub.be/en/)
For more information about the Futures Seminar and the European Perspectives for Public Administration initiative:
Jana Bertels, Project coordinator, University of Potsdam, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Geert Bouckaert, Project leader, KU Leuven, (email@example.com)
Werner Jann, Project leader, University of Potsdam, (firstname.lastname@example.org)