March 14, 2015
CGES, St. Petersburg State University
Since 2008, the CGES has had a tradition of offering an annual methodological seminar for MA and PhD students. It initially emerged as a reaction to the need for closer interdisciplinary and international supervision of junior scholars, working within the challenging interdisciplinary field of German and European Studies, a field which is still in the process of development.
In 2015, nine junior scientists were selected for participation on the basis of an application and a short essay. Presenting their topics within the methodological workshop, they benefited from multidisciplinary discussions with moderators whose background is in political science, sociology, and history (Prof. Dr. Tatjana Zimenkova, TU Dormtund University and Dr. Verena Molitor, CGES/Bielefeld University) and from discussions within the group of their fellow MA and PhD students.
In the course of the methodological workshop, participants had the opportunity to participate in a competition for a short research stay in Europe. As a result, Elizaveta Kukulenko, who presented the paper Youth Participation in Social Entrepreneurship: Comparative Analyses of Russia and the UK Cases, – was awarded a travel grant to collect empirical data for her research project.