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The MIDA interdisciplinary training programme combines methodological and conceptual approaches from specialist fields (anthropology, sociology, political science, history, art history and literary studies) with know-how in the field of digital humanities (DH) to open up new perspectives on mediation and digitisation processes concerning Islam as a cultural field and practice. All ESRs will gain knowledge at the interface between disciplinary research strategies and concepts tackling main issues in the field of Islamic studies and the role and impact of digitisation in the wider (non-)academic sector, in order to develop a kind of digital hermeneutics where web-based technology and theory of interpretation meet.

WP 7 — TRAINING >

Training will be delivered through :

 

  • Local trainings sessions offered by the main host organisation where the Early Stage Researcher will work

  • Network-wide training offered by a MIDA consortium at specific events (workshops, Spring Schools and training sessions)

  • A secondments programme

1. CORE RESEARCH SKILLS

Core research skills : Working on research projects and writing brief reports on ongoing research projects, future career plans and past engagement within and outside the network activities. In line with the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training, the main objective of the MIDA training programme is to nurture the creativity, intellectual autonomy and innovation mindset of the recruited researchers through an original, concrete research project, to achieve a high level qualification. Once a year, ESRs will hand in a report on their ongoing research project, the progress with their PCDP, and their past engagement within the network activities.

All Early Stage Researchers will spend about 3 months in a non-academic and/or private sector establishment (media company, publisher, library, NGO, museum, public diplomacy institution) to acquire specific skills in social, political and cultural research and management, enhance their capacity to understand the articulation between research and society, give them a better sense of Human Resources requirements, and contribute to their employability across the public and private sectors.

Each Personal Career Development Plan will consist of a six-fold modular structure addressing :

 

  • Core research skills

  • Advanced/additional research skills 

  • Transferable skills

2. SECONDMENTS IN SPECIFIC PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

Secondments in specific partner organisations (1-2 months). ESRs will complete secondments in chosen institutes and organisations, which will allow ESRs to gain :

 

  • specific knowledge and skills, complementing their research training

  • an overall impression of their career perspectives, in both the academic and non-academic sectors

3. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS AND SPECIFIC SKILLS

Transferable skills and specific skills: High-level training, locally tailored to the overall thematic focus of MIDA. In addition to a day-to-day supervision by experienced and reputable scholars, ESRs will be trained locally in how to use the research installations and software necessary to complete their thesis.

4. DIGITAL DISSEMINATION, COMMUNICATION, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

Digital dissemination, communication, research management and outreach activities. ESRs will be encouraged to employ DH methods in their own research so that they will learn DH by using them. They will apply their skills in the field of digital dissemination, communication and research organisation by :

  • scientific blogging about topics, activities, and issues related to the WPs

  • collaborating in research and discussion groups via an e-learning platform

  • specific scientific skills in innovative research strategies through Master Classes by reputable scholars

  • innovative technical and complementary skills through workshops organised by partners

  • transferable skills by network training organised by MIDA partners and tailored to the thematic sections of the overall training programme

  • ​​dissemination skills by presenting their work to the members of the consortium and other reputable scientists during the Spring Schools. A final MIDA conference is conceived as a synthesis of the MIDA project. It will be co-organised by all ESRs (with IISMM’s help), fostering team spirit, and will be the final research output of MIDA project. It will be an important dissemination and outreach event, with invitations to publishers, media, politicians and policy-makers

5. SPRING SCHOOLS, MASTER CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND RESEARCH AND NETWORK TRAINING

Spring Schools, Master Classes, workshops and research and network training. MIDA partners will organise dedicated training sessions that allow ESRs to gain :

6. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE MIDA

International conferences and workshops outside the ITN.

This system ensures innovative doctoral training that results in : 

  • young researchers proving their skills as creative, critical and autonomous intellectuals, broadening knowledge of the effects and impacts of technological progress and digitisation on theoretical and methodological issues

  • producing a research output in the form of a doctoral thesis ‘that contributes to the development of world science and the innovation system’.

This project has received the European union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement N°813547.

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