Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Sciences

(English version below)

Jeg gleder meg veldig at jeg kan delta i Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2011. Jeg har fått en bekreftelse, at jeg kan delta i kurs “Case Study Research Methods” i slutten av juli.

Summer School gir meg sjansen til å forbedre sosiologi kunnskapene mine og til å bli bedre kjent med Universitetet i Oslo og byen.

Jeg gleder meg veldig at jeg kan være noen dager i Oslo/Norge, kanskje jeg gjør en ferie tour etter Summer School.

Mer informasjon om Summer School kan du finne her.

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I am very happy to be accepted to the Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2011. I’ll participate in the course “Case Study Research Methods” at the end of July. The chosen course may give me the chance to review the results of my PhD project „Spaces of Knowledge-Operationalisation of Knowledge in University Libraries” and discuss the lessons learned during the explorative period. I have also planned to take it as an opportunity to reflect on my post-doc project „Renaissance of the Library: Centre of Urbanity and catalyser for Knowledge Cities“.

Some information concerning the above named projects:

The project „Spaces of Knowledge-Operationalisation of Knowledge in University Libraries” is the dissertation project I am currently conducting. It is empirical and thus I designed a comparative case study analysing selected university libraries in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. The collected data material (interviews, participant observation, mental maps and photo documentation) illustrates that materiality and technology not only make a crucial contribution to the perception and experience of space, but also have effects on the processes of knowledge production. Material and social exclusion mechanisms configure progresses of (corporate) identity and affect the behaviour towards libraries and their contents.

The project „Renaissance of the Library“ will be my following project. It focuses on public libraries in urban space: New libraries like the planned new Deichman Bibliotek in Oslo may act as centres of the social life in a city and therefore they may be catalysers for Knowledge Cities. Public libraries are no more just a place to loan books, but they may be cultural and social midpoints of a city. They provide a wide range of services like exhibitions, readings, discussions, events, and meeting spaces for heterogenic groups of users.  The research design for this project is also planned as a case study.

My participation on the Oslo Summer School should enable me to improve not only my methodical skills, but also the research design of my forthcoming post-doc project. And of course, I am very happy to be in Oslo again! I am looking forward to spend a great week (and maybe some holidays) in this beautiful city!

More information concerning the Summer School is provided here.

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