Time & Timing Workshop

The Time & Timing Workshop is a 2-day, doctoral candidate workshop featuring four sessions led by leading subject-area experts, and an open problem discussion session during which participants can present their research designs and receive feedback.  The workshop will focus on the under-addressed topic of time and timing in political science research, which affects virtually every research project but goes largely undiscussed.  Our hope is that by bringing together doctoral candidates and scholars, we can work together to address the issue of time and timing in our research, and thereby strengthen our dissertation projects.

Workshop Description & Format
The workshop will take place over two days, November 9 and 10, 2013.  Participation is open to doctoral candidates from Europe, who have completed basic methodological coursework.  Attendance is limited to 30 participants, and will be available at no cost.

It will consist of four workshops and an open problem discussion session.  During the workshops, students will receive instruction in small groups from academics who have conducted relevant research.  The workshops will be scheduled in parallel, allowing students to attend two workshops of their choosing.  In addition, the four academics who will lead the workshops will also hold an open problem discussion session where the students are able to present their doctoral thesis research design and receive feedback from the experts, as well as other participants.  Lastly, there will be a final panel discussion with the session leaders, moderated by Prof. Dr. Christian Martin (CAU-Kiel).  The combination ensures students receive both instruction in small groups (approximately 15 participants per workshop), as well as feedback and assistance addressing problems in their own research.   

The workshop will be held at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

Session Topics
Time & Timing is the general, over-arching topic for the workshop.  However, each individual session has its own specific topic.  While all four topics are targeted to methodological concerns, they are relevant to both qualitative and quantitative researchers alike.  The general session topics were developed by the workshop organizers, but the specific content of the workshops is conceptualized by the individual session leaders.  Each workshop session is limited to 15 to 17 participants.

•    Time Matters - Time as a factor of influence on decisions led by Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneider (Universität Konstanz)

•    Time is often seen as an important factor in both qualitative and quantitative research. However, the effect of time is often seen as something to control for and not something that can actually have a substantial effect on the research. But how are decisions changing if we have different time constraints or the decision is to be made under stress. This panel is aiming to address the question how time constraints influence the decision-making process and what this means for research in this area.  Organizer: Benjamin Eschenburg

•    Self Censorship: accounting for right and left censorship led by Dr. Aya Kachi (ETH Zürich)

•    Data collection must start somewhere, and cannot go on indefinitely - there must be a defined start- and end-date.  But, the observation almost certainly exists outside of this often-artificial time frame.  When a phenomenon or observation exists before the start of data collection, or continues after the data collection ends is referred to left and right censorship, respectively.  This censorship is often a practical necessity, but can have unintended consequences on a researcher's findings.  This panel aims to assist in countering this right and left censorship. Organizer: Audrey Ann Faber

•    The temporal dimension of causal mechanisms led by Dr. Thomas Malang (Universität Konstanz)

•    In search for causal mechanisms social science researchers often neglect the temporal dimension of a causal effect or make implicit assumptions about this dimension. In principle, it should be assumed that a cause takes a certain amount of time to result in an effect. Furthermore, this time might vary over different observations. Hence, without explicitly addressing the temporal dimension of causal effects our data collection might be misguided and researchers might be blind for existing causal relationships. This workshop should address the question of how we can address this issue in theory to better guide empirical research.  Organizer: Niklas Harder

•    Significance and handling of time and sequences for economic decision-making  led by Prof. Dr. Till Requate (CAU Kiel)

•   This panel aims to address the following questions: How do we handle inter-temporal decisions? What is the value of more information and how expensive is waiting for it? Is it better to wait before making certain decisions? In which cases is the sequence of decisions relevant and when do we want to be first to make them?    Organizer: David Bencek


Open Problem Discussion Session
The second day will open with two open problem discussion sessions, divided between qualitative and quantitative research.  In these discussion sessions, students will have the opportunity to present their research to a panel of two session leaders and receive general feedback, as well as guidance on specific problems they are facing.  The audience members will also be encouraged to provide their own suggestions and input. 

During registration, students will be asked to indicate if they wish to present their research.  Likely, not all participants will want to present their research and/or won’t be at the requisite stage in their research to do so.  For those not presenting, they will be able to attend either the qualitative or quantitative session, regardless of the specific methodology of their research.  Those presenting will be divided between the two methodological types, and will be required to provide an abstract so that the session leaders can review them in advance if they so desire. 

Final Panel Discussion
The final formal event of the workshop will be a panel discussion with all four session leaders, and moderated by Prof. Dr. Christian Martin.

Informal Networking Event
After the final panel discussion, we will host an informal networking event where students have the opportunity to network with students from other universities in hopes of future collaborations.