On the Tenth of November, 2017, the first Doctoral Academy Day took place. Eight doctoral candidates, selected by the speakers of the Academy’s consortia, presented main aspects of their research. The presentations covered a wide range of research areas like cancer research, interdisciplinary climate research and linguistics. The Academy’s doctoral candidates impressively proved the societal relevance and international orientation of their research.
Peter Scherrer, Vice-Rector for the Promotion of Early Stage Researchers and Director of the Doctoral Academy, highlighted in his introductory statement the Academy’s positive role for the international recognition of the University. The Doctoral Academy is, according to Vice-Rector Scherrer, a decisive instrument in further increasing the attractiveness of the University of Graz for highly qualified doctoral candidates from abroad. It also plays a crucial role in the strategic establishment of inter-university research networks.
The Doctoral Academy Day ended with the Public Lecture “Getting a Digital Life: Academic Self-Presentation Online” by Sidonie Smith (University of Michigan) and Julia Watson (Ohio State University). The lecture – co-organized by the Academy and American Studies Graz – provided insights into various practices of Digital Life Writing. Thereby, Smith and Watson put a specific focus on modes of online self-staging and self-presentation.