11–16 September 2022, registration deadline: 3 July | Tschlin, Graubünden | an ETH Zurich / EPFL Summer School for doctoral students.
«It matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; [it matters] (…) what thoughts think thoughts» (Haraway, 2016).
In academic research, the way we write matters in what kind of knowledge we produce, what perspectives we illuminate, what connections we build. Yet, writing a PhD dissertation is often restrained into specific types of textuality and understood as an individual process that the researcher undertakes anxiously alone. This summer school intends to renegotiate and experiment with the ways we – as researchers and spatial practitioners – perform writing, as a format and as a practice in a non-hierarchical learning format. Set up as a collective retreat in the Swiss Alps, a group of peers will shape an academic community, work alongside and discuss their work-in-progress informally. Besides the time devoted to reflection on personal work, the summer school intends to offer an experience of community building in academia and a collective exploration in creative writing and collaboration.
The programme includes «Room and Field, Writing One with Another: a Site-Writing Workshop» by Prof. Jane Rendell and Dr. Polly Gould (from The Bartlett, UCL), and writer Dr Sarah Butler, sensorial workshops «Writing with sound» by sound artist Ludwig Berger and «Follow your Nose» by community artist Curdin Tones, collective cooking sessions and fountain bathing.
Participation fees cover accommodation and selected meals (lunch and 2 dinners): 250 CHF (ETH Zurich / EPFL doctoral students), 350 CHF external doctoral students. All participants are required to take part in the full 6 day programme.
Apply via firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 July 2022.
Please submit a writing sample related to your dissertation (2000 words max.), a short motivation statement and a CV.
Metaxia Markaki (ETH Zurich), Johanna Just (ETH Zurich), Sila Karatas (EPFL)
Supporting Professors: Philip Ursprung (ETH Zurich), Elena Cogato Lanza (EPFL)