The summer school – new ideas and collaboration

By on 24.08.2015 in Seminars


JustEd summer school 2015 “A Nordic Model?” gathered together nearly 60 researchers and doctoral students to discuss social, economic, political and cultural aspects of justice and education in the Nordic countries and globally. The summer school week was composed of lectures, paper and poster sessions and workshops.

The majority of the doctoral students were from the Nordic countries, but there were a few participants who brought with them perspectives from overseas. Rita Harvey and Andrés Castro Samayoa are PhD students from University of Pennsylvania, and they attended the summer school for the first time – but hopefully not the last.

“I’m incredible grateful for this new experience” says Andrés Castro Samayoa. “What I benefited the most from during this summer school is to be exposed to different ideas and collaborating with other researchers in my field, and creating a sustainable network that has crystalized during this week.”

Rita Harvey and Katarina Perander-Norrgård during one of the poster sessions.

He pinpoints that the practice how the summer school is designed is very different from what he’s been exposed to in the US.


“I think it’s incredible helpful to get feedback on the paper that I had presented, it was basically a live peer review experience!”

He says he’d never experienced that before, and found it very unique and helpful.

Helpful experience

Rita Harvey nods when she hears what Andrés says. She admit she was a bit nervous about whether or not she would benefit from the summer school, since her focus lays on disability studies in the US.

“I found a lot of interesting voices here who also are interested in special education and disability studies, and I think it’s awesome to get a perspective that is so different from the US”, she says.

Another PhD student who found his way to Voksenåsen in Oslo is Yuwei Xu, from the University of Glasgow. He found out about the summer school through an e-mail he received from his supervisor, Michele Schweisfurth, who is an external advisor for JustEd.

“I agree with Andrés in terms of the large amount of space we are given when we do our presentations, and you are being asked a lot of questions about your research and methodology, which is very helpful.” Yuwei says. “During my presentation they pointed out a few important issues that I weren’t aware of, which helped me a lot.”

Looking forward to the next summer school

The next intensive summer course will be held in Gothenburg in August 2016.

Yuwei Xu discussing with fellow PhD students at the JustEd Summer school at Voksenåsen, Oslo.

Yuwei Xu discussing with fellow PhD students at the JustEd Summer school at Voksenåsen, Oslo.


“I will definitely recommend this summer school to some of the people at my program, some of them have a more international perspective, and I think they would find this summer school helpful,” says Rita.”If given the chance, I would like to return to see where I am in my studies and to see how my thinking has developed.”

Also Yuwei is satisfied with the summer school.

“I will definitely go back to my school and tell my colleagues how amazing this week has been.”

More information on the summer school will be posted on the JustEd website as it comes available.


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