Programme Description 2014-2015

P1160615The activities of the Programme are designed to further strengthen the academic skills  of the MW Fellows, while leaving ample time for individual research, and are organized around two core themes: 

1.  Multidisciplinary Research:

Max Weber Lectures;
Multidisciplinary Thematic Groups and Research Workshops;
Max Weber Conferences

2.  Academic Practice (Teaching, Publishing and Presenting, 
    Career Development):

Academic Practice Workshops;
Academic Practice Groups;
Academic Communication Skills.

Each MW Fellow is primarily affiliated to the MWP. They are also associated either to one of the four EUI departments or the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), which provide a faculty member as mentor. 

Fellows who have been awarded an extension of the fellowship are primarily affiliated with their departments during their second year. Please follow this link to the two-year Fellowships activities.

Calendar of activities


Multidisciplinary Research Activities

The Multidisciplinary Research Activities aim at improving the Max Weber Fellows’ understanding of the four disciplines of the programme, and consist in:

  • Max Weber Lectures (MWL)

    The monthly Max Weber Lectures are given by distinguished scholars from the four disciplines of the EUI. The Programme aims at inviting scholars who address topical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to the EUI academic community as a whole. At least one of the Lecturers will be related to each of the Thematic Research Groups, and every Group will have an opportunity to organize a workshop on the following day with the relevant Lecturer. All Lecturers will also be available to discuss the work of Fellows on an informal basis.
  • Multidisciplinary Thematic Groups and Research Workshops (MRW)

    The core of the programme’s multidisciplinary activities are the  Thematic Research Groups. These Groups are organized on an interdisciplinary basis and bring together Fellows from different disciplines who are working on a similar range of issues. The Groups will meet regularly with the faculty members acting as Thematic Leads throughout the course of the academic year. The Groups will also have the opportunity to organize one or two workshops (either two half days or one full day), either in conjunction with a MW Lecturer or another visiting expert. The regular meetings of the Groups will consist of presentations of work in progress and the discussion of more general research issues, such as the reading of key or recent works related to the Group’s theme.  All Max Weber Fellows must produce a Working Paper and a Research Proposal, and these two pieces of work will be presented to the Groups.
  • Max Weber Conferences

    Each year the Max Weber Programme hosts at least three major conferences: an Academic Careers MWP Conference in the autumn, which focuses on funding opportunities and the changing career structures of universities; a Classics Revisited MWP Conference in the winter, which looks at a classic text or author from the perspective of the four disciplines of the EUI;  and in the spring a Social Issues for Social Sciences MW Fellows' Conference, in which current and a selection of former Fellows present their work. Fellows are encouraged to participate actively in the organization of all three conferences.

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Academic Practice Activities

The aim of the Max Weber Academic Practice (AP) activities is to foster the on-going professional development of Fellows through training for reflective practice - including research practices such as ethics issues - and engaging in peer review and interaction. The training component of the MW Programme consists in three interlocking modules designed to address key areas of academic practice: 

  1. Teaching;
  2. Publishing and Presenting Research;
  3. Preparation for the Job Market and Career Development.

These training activities draw on the expertise of the  FIESOLE Group, a network of applied linguists and educationalists from the EUI and other leading European institutions involved in training for mobility and career advancement. The training is developed through a series of activities listed and explained below:

The training is developed through a series of activities listed and explained below:

  • Academic Practice Workshops

The cornerstone of the interlocking modules are the  Academic Practice Workshops. These Workshops are designed to enhance Fellows’ knowledge and skills in key areas of academic practice, from publishing strategies and research dissemination, to research ethics and professional leadership, to effective teaching and curriculum development in the context of today’s multicultural global academia. They are offered by experts from the EUI and its sister institutions and can also be convened directly by the Academic Practice Groups on topics related to academic practice of particular interest. The workshops are usually held on Wednesday mornings and are open to all Fellows; they are complemented by disciplinary Writers’ Groups (co-organised with the Fellows themselves; see below), the Teaching Practice Weeks (reserved for those Fellows who opt to obtain the Max Weber Teaching Certificate), and one-on-one tutorials and coaching.

  • Academic Practice Groups by discipline

The Academic Practice Groups (APGs) complement the Practice Workshops.  They are organised by the four discipline groups (ECO Fellows, HEC Fellows, LAW Fellows and SPS Fellows) and allow for a more in-depth exchange of ideas and experiences. They are also the locus of the self-organized Writers' Groups (WG), described below under Academic Communication Skills. The APGs include follow up sessions on the workshops dealing with the ethics of research, publishing strategies, applying for grants, and writing a book proposal. Additionally, they provide the forum for mock interviews and mock job talks (both of which are organised by the Programme). Each APG arranges its own schedule, addressing additional topics to those mentioned above. They generally meet on Wednesdays at 9.15 AM.

  • Academic Communication Skills 

The working language of the programme is English, and a series of activities is offered by the in-house (EUI) members of the  FIESOLE Group under the umbrella Academic Communication Skills to meet the varied needs of the Max Weber Fellows. These activities are offered on an on-going basis throughout the year and are as follows:

1. Writers’ Groups (WG) 

An integral part of the Writing for Publication component of the programme, the Writers’ Groups provide an effective setting for giving and obtaining peer feedback on the readability and effectiveness of texts before submitting them for publication, thus supporting the publishing process and helping to boost output. Groups (normally 4-5 Fellows per group) are self-organized on a disciplinary basis according to the writing aims of the Fellows over the year (publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals, book proposal plus monograph, etc.). Facilitated by a writing expert (and practicing academic), groups meet approximately once every three weeks, usually Wednesday mornings in the APG timeslot (9.15-10.45 AM). 

2. Academic Communications Skills Workshops 

As part of the Academic Practice Workshops, the Academic Communications team offers a series of workshops to assist Fellows in fine-tuning their oral and written academic communication skills. In 2014-15, these will include workshops on public speaking and presentation skills (3 sessions in October), on various aspects of writing for publication (e.g. how to rhetorically shape an article with a particular journal in mind; revising and dealing with referee feedback; designing an effective book proposal), and on writing in pursuit of an academic career (e.g. putting together a strategic ‘job market package’; organizational and rhetorical considerations in research-proposal writing). These workshops aim to respond in terms of focus and content to the career-related needs expressed by the Fellows and, where possible, draw on synergies with faculty members with particular expertise on the topic in question. 

3. Tutorials 

Weekly tutorials provide the opportunity for one-on-one sessions with a member of the Academic Communications Skills team to discuss and revise writing in progress. These sessions can also be used to practice ‘dry runs’ of seminar/conference presentations or job talks, discuss cover letters and other application materials, etc. Fellows can also arrange for on-site observation and feedback on small and large-group teaching.

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