Generating benefits and negotiating tensions through an international doctoral forum: A sociological analysis

Mu, Guanglun Michael, Jia, Ning, Hu, Yongbin, Hughes, Hilary, Shi, Xiaobo, Zhang, Mu-chu, Alford, Jennifer, Carter, Merilyn, Fox, Jillian, Duke, Jennifer, Flynn, Matthew, & Xia, Huanhuan (2016) Generating benefits and negotiating tensions through an international doctoral forum: A sociological analysis. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 11, pp. 63-85.

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Abstract

Workshops and seminars are widely-used forms of doctoral training. However, research with a particular focus on these forms of doctoral training is sporadic in the literature. There is no, if any, such research concerning the international context and participants’ own voices. Mindful of these lacunae in the literature, we write the current paper as a group of participants in one of a series of doctoral forums co-organised annually by Beijing Normal University, China and Queensland University of Technology, Australia. The paper voices our own experiences of participation in the doctoral forum. Data were drawn from reflections, journals, and group discussions of all 12 student and academic participants. These qualitative data were organised and analysed through Bourdieu’s notions of capital and field. Findings indicate that the doctoral forum created enabling and challenging social fields where participants accrued and exchanged various forms of capital and negotiated transient and complex power relations. In this respect, the sociological framework used provides a distinctive theoretical tool to conceptualise and analyse the benefits and tensions of participation in the doctoral forum. Knowledge built and lessons learned through our paper will provide implications and recommendations for future planning of, and participation in, the doctoral forum series and similar activities elsewhere.

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ID Code: 87557
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: doctoral forum, Bourdieu, capital, field, power relations, autobiography
ISSN: 1556-8873
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2015 23:19
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 23:50

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