Dear MiReKoc Summer School Lecturers, Participants and Applicants;
We hope this message finds you in good health. Amidst of this COVID19 crisis, we wish you physical and mental wellness, strength and patience.
We would like to inform you about the implications of the COVID19 pandemic for our MiReKoc International Summer School 2020 in collaboration with IMISCOE, on “Research Methods and Ethics in Migration Studies” which is scheduled for 6-17 July 2020 at Koç University Rumelifeneri Campus. Considering the rapid spread of COVID19 and evaluating the projections for the upcoming months, we have decided that the best way forward is to cancel our Summer School for these dates. We postpone it to a later date, however, unfortunately, we are not able to provide you a fixed date given the uncertainty of the circumstances.
We would like to thank to MiReKoc academics, Koç University’s administrative staff and IMISCOE training committee members, for the hard work they have already put into the preparation for the Summer School. We would also like to thank you for your interest and support. We will keep you informed on the developments, and we hope to see you among us on a postponed date. Please visit our Summer School Website miss.ku.edu.tr to follow future developments on this issue.
The program of 10th MiReKoc Summer School reflects the importance of methodological debates. Researchers studying migration come from various social science disciplines and may draw on different epistemologies and methods. The rising interest on methods and ethics in migration studies is in the process of establishing migration research methodologies as a diverse field under the overall social science methodologies, considering the quantitative versus qualitative approaches, research ethics, debates about the representation of migrants and refugees, or the role academic research plays in policy making among others. As activist research and other forms of critical engagement flourish; questions about ethics and the relationship between participation and knowledge production are widely debated. Researchers studying migration are influenced by broader engagements in the social sciences including feminist and post-colonial studies; or creative, participatory and forensic methods. Technological advancements and the developments in big data also impact conventional methodological considerations and cutting-edge methods, bringing abstract discussions and practical applications together.
Research methods are associated with power relations and the hierarchization of knowledge production. Scholars seek to address the politicisation of methods in different ways. Researchers rely on and develop methods by recognising the political nature of the migration as an act itself; and also recognise migrant activism in the face of migration policies and politics. Alternatively, and distinctly, other researchers adopt participatory methods to address power relations and positionality; and aim to achieve co- production of knowledge. However, as scholarly debates show, it is necessary to define what is meant by ‘participation’, what form it takes, how does it influence the form of the research product and when does it (if ever) end.
The use of visual methods and the increasing availability of audio-visual material developed by artists and scholars as well as refugees and migrants, raise question about modes of data production, positionality, representation and embodiment. Digital technologies present new sites and practices for exploration necessitating that we ask about how methods are evolving, what possibilities come with access to new types of data and what limitations are researchers currently experiencing. Quantitative methods used in migration studies are especially influenced by technological advances raising questions about methodological innovation and the future of migration research.
In an effort to engage with these diverse issues, the 10th MiReKoc Summer School will focus on methodologies and ethics in migrations studies through various sessions and lectures that bring together international scholars and PhD students working on migration issues. In celebration of the milestone 10th MiReKoc International Summer School, MiReKoc is collaborating and co-branding with IMISCOE. This year’s Summer School includes lectures and sessions exploring different themes focusing on both qualitative and quantitative methods including ethnography, participatory methods, urban mapping, network analysis, big data, visual methods and social media methodologies as well as ethics in migration research to offer a space for scholars and participants to reflect on methodological challenges and opportunities.
MiReKoc Summer School serves as a platform bringing future scholars into dialogue with senior scholars and practitioners from the region and beyond. Past schools have attracted participants from different countries and academic institutions, with participants coming from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Through its various networks, collaborations and projects, MiReKoc has been able to attract esteemed scholars, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners as lecturers in the Summer School.
The Summer School is designed for PhD and graduate students as well as junior experts in the field. The programme includes two weeks of lectures, lab sessions and discussion sessions which will be led by distinguished international faculty members and experts in the field. The participants will have the chance of sharing their research agendas and ideas with these scholars in an interactive environment. The language of the Summer School is English. The fee for the program is 1500 Euros covering lectures, course materials, food and accommodation. Two full scholarships are available on a merit basis for outstanding candidates affiliated with institutions from low-income and lower-middle-income economies according to World Bank list of economies. Some partial scholarships of up to 30% are available for other candidates based on merit and an explanation of their financial constraints. Tuition fee for the students affiliated with institutions from the IMISCOE network will be reduced by 40%. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the programme. Additional requirements will be required of those participants who seek course credit.
• Methodologies on Migration Research: An Overview
• Epistemological and Philosophical Issues on Social Science Research
• Qualitative Methods in Migration Research
• Quantitative Methods in Migration Research
• Mixed Methods in Migration Research
• Experimental Methods in Migration Research
• Comparative Methods in Migration Research
• Ethnography and Participatory Methods in Migration Research
• Urban Mapping in Migration Research
• Gender Aware Analysis in Migration Research
• Network Analysis in Migration Research
• Big Data in Migration Research
• Visual Methods in Migration Research
• Social Media Methodologies in Migration Research
• Ethics of Migration Research on Vulnerable Groups and Sensitive Topics
• Writing and Publishing an Academic Article in Migration Studies
MiReKoc Academic Workshops at the Summer School provide a platform for participants working towards their doctorate or conducting on-going research to interact with, and learn from, fellow students and top scholars. MiReKoc encourages the participants of the Summer School to become active members of this vibrant and diverse platform. These workshops are designed as a springboard for successful academic careers by examining important issues such as publishing, reviewing, and collaborative research; the event also provides several networking opportunities.
Attendance to the MiReKoc Summer School Academic Workshops are optional. They will be integrated to the Summer School programme, incorporating presentations by the researchers and discussion sessions with renowned academics. The Academic Workshops will enable participants to approach their doctoral dissertations or on-going research with renewed vigour by engaging in discussions on research design and methodologies with colleagues, and by reviewing their dissertation proposals with the help of others, including fellow participants and more senior researchers who work in the respective area of scholarly inquiry.
6-17 July 2020
Koç University, Rumelifeneri Campus, Istanbul
This program is designed for graduate students and PhD candidates, early career researchers, policy analysts, NGO and international organization practitioners, as well as junior experts in the field. MiReKoc International Summer School does not only offer expanding the knowledge of its participants, but also promises networking opportunities between them and distinguished faculty to enhance both parties’ research agendas. Applications from all over the world are encouraged. The language of the Summer School is English.
Please click here for the application form and send the following documents as a single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com:
All participants (excluding participants who are awarded scholarship) are kindly requested to organize and cover expenses for their travel to and from İstanbul, as well as their local transportation in İstanbul to Koç University.
Monday 17 February – Applications open
Monday 20 April – Deadline for applications
Early-May – Notification to the applicants
Monday 8 June – Deadline for confirmation to attend
Friday 26 June – Deadline for tuition payment
Sunday 5 July – Summer School participants arrive in İstanbul
Monday 6 July – Summer School starts
Friday 17 July – Summer School ends