Training School “Empirical Methods for Humanities Scholars”

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: Training School in Empirical Methods for the Humanities from 22 – 24 September 2016 at Max Planck Institute.

The International Society for Empirical Studies of Literature (IGEL) is collaborating with the COST Action group E-READ to organize its first Training School in Empirical Methods for the Humanities. The Training School will be hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on the 22d until the 24th of September of this year.

The aims of the Training School are to teach early career researchers coming from the Humanities the basics of empirical research methodology and to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration. The participants will learn – through lectures and hands on sessions – to design and set up an experiment; to decide on measuring devices and statistical tests, to use statistical procedures to explore data and conduct basic inferential tests, and to report results.
Integral to this training school is the mentor system we are currently setting up. We will match every participant to a researcher who is a member of our IGEL/E-READ community with similar research interests. That researcher will mentor the participant before the training school – providing guidance to the participant to further develop their research question – and after the training school – collaborating with the participant to conduct and report the experiment developed during the training school.

Preliminary program for the Training School is available here.

There are 20 COST trainee grants available for the training school. These 20 participants will be awarded a fellowship that covers the accommodation (incl. breakfast), the training school (incl. lunch and coffee) and a social activity on Saturday afternoon. If you want to participate, please send your application, including:

  • Your CV and personal information (name, age, year of Ph.D. completion, affiliation, research area/interest)
  • Role/contribution in E-READ (e.g.; Working group coordinator or member; project leader; contributor to E-READ publication)
  • A brief motivation letter describing why you would like to participate in the training school
  • A research question plus a brief description of the research project you would like to develop over the course of the training school

to Dr. Massimo Salgaro at before the 15th of June.

If you have any questions about the training school or the application procedure you can send an email to

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