Conversations with the Dean


Our Conversations with the Dean series is meant to pay attention to the wider academic development of PhD candidates.

In an informal setting, Liesbet van Zoonen or one of the Deans of our faculties will host a conversation with Erasmus University scholars and PhD candidates on a theme that has their interest.

Previous themes included Feminism and research, Aging and the City and the Brain.
We warmly invite suggestions for future episodes! 


November 9 (Tuesday) 2021
14.00-17.00 hrs

‘Dealing with your supervisor(s)’

Time and again, surveys among PhD candidates show that the relations with their supervisors are not always easy and satisfactory. On the other hand, sometimes candidates have unrealistic expectations and ideas. This session of Conversations with the Dean is meant as a further exploration of such issues. Participants will do some preparation by reading relevant international report(s). The format of the Conversations is always participatory, interactive and confidential.

Hosted by:
prof. dr. Liesbet van Zoonen - Dean Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities

January 26 (Wednesday) 2022
14.00-17.00 hrs

‘Focus Group Research – methodological issues’

ESHCC dean Martine van Selm and the participating PhD candidates will reflect on methodological topics when working with the focus group method. Topics of reflection will be research design, sampling, instrument development, analysis, reporting, and more. More in particular is to be discussed why choosing the focus group as a research method at all; how to sample in focus group research; what do we know about various focusing techniques; how to structure components of the focus group tool; how to analyse and present focus group data and what about focus group research in an online setting? 

Hosted by:
prof. dr. Martine van Selm - Dean Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

April 26 (Tuesday) 2022
09.30-12.30 hrs

‘Participatory research and epistemic inclusion’

Science is changing. Research aims to become more impact-driven and more open to society. Open science entails more than open access publishing, it entails a willingness to become sensitive to and give the floor to multiple voices and perspectives, coming from academia, but also from society at large, and this has methodological implications as well, involving societal perspectives and citizen science in the process of knowledge production. Besides representing impressive bodies of knowledge, universities and other research performing organisations face tremendous knowledge deficits as well. Therefore, academics must reach out to other forms of knowledge, such as practical, experiential and indigenous knowledge. What are the challenges involved in this process of epistemic inclusion and how to address them? In preparation of the meeting, two preparatory texts will be provided to participants.  


Hosted by:
prof. dr. Hub Zwart - Dean Erasmus School of Philosophy