Method as critique: Two-day winter school on critical social science methodologies for studying power

14 December 2023 - 15 December 2023
campus Hasselt


How do we grasp the ways in which power operates through affect, the psychosocial or capitalist ideology? What kind of masculine and Eurocentric assumptions are embedded in methodological virtues such as “objectivity” and “systematization”? Are conventional social science methodologies able to fully capture embodied or repressed experiences of patriarchal violence? What measures are requisite for rendering Whiteness perceptible, considering its proclivity to operate beneath the guise of social neutrality?

This course introduces junior researchers to various critical methodologies for studying power.

More information about the program is available here.

Learning outcomes

After attending this winter school, participants will be...

  • introduced to a variety of critical social science methodologies;
  • able to apply these critical methodologies to an empirical object (e.g. case, interview transcript, document);
  • able to reflect on the potential usefulness of these critical methodologies in relation to their own research.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • intellectual competences
    • critical judgement
    • analytical thinking
    • problem solving


For whom?

  • PhD students and postdocs of social sciences

When and where?

  • 14 & 15 December, 2023 - 09:00-16:00
  • campus Hasselt, Refugiehuis, Maastrichterstraat 100, Hasselt


  • Registration is closed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BS&H: course on advanced discipline-specific knowledge - active participation
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