PRIVACY PhD Workshop on Interdisciplinary Collaboration

PRIVACY scholars Anni Haahr Henriksen and Bastian Vaucanson are organizing a PhD workshop on interdisciplinary collaboration titled: Negotiating Privacy: Past Present and Future.

We invite contributions from PhD students across disciplines for a workshop focused on how to integrate interdisciplinary collaboration in research processes. We focus on the notion of privacy across the gap between past and present to gain a better understanding of the rich and complex implications of the evasive term ‘private’. PhD students in any field working on matters relating to privacy and interested in its interdisciplinary implications are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from participants interested in treading new ground with fellow PhD students and engaging in scholarly exchange in a safe academic environment driven by curiosity and the ambition to learn from each other.

The workshop will take place at the Faculty of Theology, Copenhagen University on the 14th and 15th of June 2019.

Course Credits: 1 ECTS

Full participation on both days is required to receive ECTS credit. Please note: after participation and evaluation of the course, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation and course credit.


Interested candidates are asked to submit a reflection, of no more than 350 words, on their previous experience with interdisciplinary and collaborative work. The reflection should consider the following questions: according to your experience, what are the strengths of interdisciplinary and collaborative research; what are the difficulties or weaknesses; and most importantly, which methods have been successful in overcoming such difficulties? We also ask candidates to submit a one-page C.V. Send your application to

DEADLINE May 24th 2019

Preparation & Workload:


14 June:

Afternoon: Coffee and Cake

Evening: Dinner

15 June:

Morning: Coffee and Croissants

Lunch: Sandwich

Afternoon: Coffee and Cake

Workshop Description:

Everybody agrees that privacy is essential, but no authoritative definition exists. Notions of privacy and the private concern the confrontation between the individual and his or her surroundings and the boundaries drawn in this context. Recent technological innovations have incited a general concern with privacy, but also narrowed our understanding. We associate privacy with data protection and consider it as a value that is relevant only for our age.

Privacy, however, has deep historical roots. When we study privacy across the gap between past and present, we gain a better sense of the rich and complex implications of the evasive term ‘private’, which contrasts not only ‘public’, but also of ‘professional’, ‘common’ and ‘evident’. A multi-perspectival view shows how notions of privacy, past and present, shape and are shaped by a broad range of societal factors.

However, interdisciplinary research is hard work: It requires us to look outside of sources that we are comfortable with, or ask new questions of the sources we know well. Such skills in inquiry, listening and collaboration are gained through collaborative practice and collaborative reflection. It is well known that interdisciplinary approaches can foster ground-breaking results, but there is often a fiction between proclaimed ambition and actual praxis. With this workshop, we seek to address the competence gap between ambition and praxis by establishing formalised discussions on interdisciplinary source work focusing on privacy. Our discussions are structured around the following formats:

  • Learning Together Sessions where we try our hand at the tools and sources of our colleagues’ disciplines.
  • Reading Together Session where we approach sources in an integrated collaborative manner.
  • Brainstorming Session on Teaching where we ask how we can introduce an interdisciplinary outlook in our teaching
  • Visionary Session where we allow ourselves to think of new ways to pursue interdisciplinary collaboration and reflect on the societal value of historical research.
  • Keynote Lecture by Wim Verbaal, Prof. in Latin Language and Literature at Ghent University, has extensive experience with interdisciplinary collaboration and supervision of young scholars. His lecture informs us on how interdisciplinary approaches may be used to develop stronger scholarly arguments.


This PhD Course is funded by the PhD School at the Faculty of Theology, UCPH, and is organised by Bastian Vaucanson and Anni Haahr Henriksen, PhD Fellows at Centre for Privacy Studies, as well as by Professor of Church History, Mette Birkedal Bruun.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

Contact Information:

  • Bastian Vaucanson, Centre for Privacy Studies, 35326936
  • Anni Henriksen, Centre for Privacy Studies, 35326392

The Call for Applicants is open until June 1