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’





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

April 26 (Tuesday) 2022
09.30-12.30 hrs

‘Challenges of participatory research: the need for a radical change in the way research is being done to make research more relevant, anticipatory, responsive and inclusive’

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