The first LIVES Winter School on Life Course will take place from March 23 to 30, 2013 in Les Diablerets (CH). About 20 PhD students coming from different European and North-American countries participate in this intensive programme organised by a consortium of four international research centres.
The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES (University of Lausanne and University of Geneva), the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families (Oregon State University, USA), the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (University of Bremen, Germany), and the Centre for Population, Aging and Health (Western University, Canada) have joined their efforts to organise a new offer for PhD students on topics related to life course studies.
Half of the participants in the LIVES Winter School on Life Course travelled from outside Switzerland, mainly Germany, the United States and Canada. They will work in small groups within 3 interdisciplinary workshops led by international experts in sociology, social psychology, life-span psychology, social demography and social policy.
Prof. Richard Settersten, Prof. Dario Spini and Dr. Véronique Eicher will conduct the module on “Perceptions of the life course in Europe: Age, gender and generation norms”. They will draw on individual and regional variables related to gender and economic inequality (e.g., based on attitudes, behaviours, policies), using the R package Spacom that NCCR LIVES researchers have developed to analyse regional units.
Prof. Ingrid Connidis, Prof. Eric Widmer and Dr Anna-Maija Castrén will lead a second module exploring shifts in family ties in order to advance the empirical study of family ambivalence in old age. They will use datasets made available by NCCR LIVES research and advanced multivariate quantitative methods.
The third module will gather Prof. Walter Heinz, Prof. Felix Bühlmann and Dr. Benedikt Rogge to help PhD students examine life course transitions in the domains of education, work and unemployment. They will propose institutional and biographical perspectives, qualitative and mixed methods, and international comparison of data from Germany and Switzerland.
During this week of work, the promoters of the three workshops intend to create the conditions for writing some collaborative papers with the participants. Skiing, trekking in the snow and “cheese fondue” are also on the agenda…