Kappa Seminar – May 2023


Kappa kick start: This seminar is designed to kick-start the development of the cover story “kappe” of the participants’ article based PhD dissertation. The aim is to develop a clear sense of what is expected from a “kappe”, and to start developing your own “kappe” with a particular focus on framing the introduction and structuring an outline. The seminar will build on the traditions from the institutions represented at the seminar, discussing the requirements and analyzing completed dissertations. There will be allocated time to discuss each participant’s “kappe” project, as well as time for writing on your own introduction.
The seminar will be an intensive three-day workshop which demands that you come well prepared and ready to work!


How kappas are usually written: The seminar will focus on how “kappas” usually are written and students’ own individual “kappas” that are in progress.
Analysis of different kappas: Each of the students will analyze about three “kappa” of approved dissertations and present and reflect on these during the seminar. We will discuss various forms of “kappas,” their strengths and weaknesses, and how to fit “kappa” to the articles in the thesis.
Your Kappa: However, primarily, the seminar focuses on the “kappa” of the individual candidate. There will be set aside plenty of time for presentations, feed-back and discussions of students’ individual “kappas”.
Writing Sessions: There will also be some writing sessions for students to immediately incorporate feedback they receive for their “kappa’s’”.

Required preparation before the seminar

As preparation for this seminar you will need to prepare:
– Develop and submit an outline of your own “kappe” Deadline TBA
– A group assignment – analysis of 3 published “kappe” Deadline: Ready for seminar
– Individual feedback preparation for group discussions Deadline: Ready for seminar
– You will also be assigned a task to be solved the day before the seminar which we ask you to spend 90 minutes on. Deadline: Ready for seminar

Information about Group Work
Group discussion on individual dissertations – How will it work?
45 min per candidate; 3-4 candidates and one faculty member per group

The opponent starts the discussion by giving his/her prepared feedback, followed by joint feedback and discussion. As all group members should have read all submissions, the discussion will start right away without any presentation first. However, the candidate can start by telling if there is something specific the group should know or something he or she particularly needs feedback on.

10 minutes break between candidates

What do you need to prepare?
There will be a discussion in the group with feedback from all group members including the faculty member leading the group. Hence, you are required to read the submissions of all the members of your group.
You have a particular responsibility act as opponent and provide feedback on one of the other participants’ submissions. Prepare feedback, totaling 10-12 minutes.


Application deadline: 1st of April 2023

Respons from us: You should expect to hear from us 11th of April

We have availability for maximum 20 Norsi students. Priority will be given to students that are close to complete their articles and about/ or has started writing their “kappa”.

Apply here:


Jerker Moodysson – Jönköping University
Lise Aaboen – NTNU
Merle Jacobs  – Lund University
Ina Drejer – Aalborg University
Roger Sørheim – NTNU



Travel and Costs

Travel (economy tickets), accommodation and meals are covered by NORSI.
NOTE! Please do not book your travel before you have confirmed that you have a spot on the seminar. When you have been accepted to the seminar, then you should book your tickets to Lund, Sweden.

Date & Location

Date: 03/05/2023
Where: Lund University