Ph.D. Training Course in the framework of "Debating Europe", 2023

Forthcoming February 10, 2023


Ph.D. Training Course in the framework of "Debating Europe", 2021

This international workshop assembles doctoral candidates researching on Europe and the EU from six different EU countries and seven different European Universities. The doctoral students are invited to present their research projects and discuss methods, theory and topics among peers and teachers in an open and cooperative debate. Besides the workshop offers to discuss the scientific, operational and practical framework of writing a doctorate in an experimental manner among the peers and teachers.




Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner (Fulda University of Applied Sciences), Dr. Meike Schmidt-Gleim (Fulda University of Applied Sciences)

In cooperation with:  

  • Laura Landorff (Aalborg University)
  • Niilo Kauppi (Helsinki University)
  • Kim Zilliacus (Helsinki University) 
  • Meta Novak (University of Ljubljana) 
  • Damjan Lajh (University of Ljubljana)
  • Danica Fink-Hafner (University of Ljubljana)
  • Willy Beauvallet (Université Lyon)
  • Cécile Robert (Sciences Po, Lyon) 
  • Ana Matan (University of Zagreb) 
  • Tonci Kursar (University of Zagreb) 
  • Igor Vidacak (University of Zagreb) 


First Day

Problem oriented workshop


Ph.d. student participants are invited to give short (15 min) presentations of their research projects from a problem-oriented perspective

Second day

Clinic for Phd-students – What you always wanted to ask but never dared to do so


Ph.d. student participants are invited to join experimental team-work discussions on theoretical and practical questions of accomplishing a Ph.d.

Timetable May 18, 2021

 Where does Europe begin and end?


9.00 - 10.45 // Chair Claudia Wiesner Fulda UAS

Commentator: Ana Matan, Zagreb University

  • Faris Kocan, University of Ljubljana, Securitization of Europeanisation as a source of Ontological Insecurity of Republika Srpska
  • Ekrem Ozyesil, University of Fulda, Securitisation of Migration: Explaining the Social implications
  • Tibissai Guevara-Braun, Science Po Lyon           
  • Barbara Masic, University of Zagreb, European Union as Protector of National Minorities Rights - case of Croatia



EU democratisation and citizenship


11.00 - 13.00 // Chair Niilo Kauppi, University of Helsinki

Commentator: Kim Zilliacus, University of Helsinki

  • Muriel Pluschke, University of Fulda, Top-down and bottom-up dynamics of the European public in the local
  • Fjorinda Baholli, University of Bremen, EU Citizens and ECB –  EU citizens' role and perception on ECB policy making and accountability 
  • Ermela Gianna, University of Salzburg, European Parliament in times of Covid-19: fast track democracy?
  • Jana Bub, University of Fulda, The notion of worker. Possibilities of a precise definition for Germany by using examples of selected Member States of the European Union.
  • Maria Keller, University of Fulda, Women in European Politics


EU Policy Fields


14.00 - 15.45 // Chair: Igor Vidacek, Zagreb University

Commentators: Meta Novak, Ljubljana University

  • Birgit Schmölz, University of Koblenz-Landau, A Bi-National Case Study on Danish-German Environmental Discourse Making
  • Alina Jasmin Felder, Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Towards a Europe of Educational Regions? Patterns of Regional Integration at the Intersections of EU Regional and Higher Education Policy
  • Carole Kerduel, Science Po Lyon, Explaining the Commission's failure to liberalize port services: a 20 years legislative saga in three acts
  • Birgit Mitter, University of Salzburg, Veins of European Cultural Policy: Awarding, Effects and Sustainability of European Cultural Project Funding



Supranational and global Europe


16.00 - 18.00 // Chair: Ana Matan, Zagreb University

Commentator: Claudia Wiesner, Fulda UAS

  • Rafaa Chehoudi, University of Fulda, UN and democratization
  • Mariana Mykyliuk, University of Salzburg, Quo vadis, Europe? Border controls within the Schengen area
  • Martin Christie, Internal secession, Scotland Case
  • Nikica Kolar, University of Zagreb, Renationalization of nation through violence: Ethnic cleansing as a means of reconstruction of national identity

Timetable May 19, 2021

Morning, breakout sessions (one technician and per session one teacher should be present)


9.30 - 10.00
Introduction and explanation of the day’s procedure


10.00 - 10.10
Collaboard trial


10.10 - 10.55
First two rounds of collaboard discussions (plus 5 min switching time)


10.55 - 11.10


11.10 - 13.20
Next three rounds of collaboard discussions (plus 5 min switching time)


12.20 - 14.00
lunch break



Afternoon, common session


14.00 - 15.00
Collaboard poster presentations by the students (20 min per poster plus 5min), Chair: Niilo Kauppi, University of Helsinki


15.00 - 15.15


15.15 - 16.45
Teacher answers, comments and open discussion, Chair: Claudia Wiesner, Fulda UAS