Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Just found this wonderful paper and list of relevant literature: http://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/3219/
Social Studies of Social Science: A Working Bibliography
Mair, Michael and Greiffenhagen, C. and Sharrock, W. (2013) Social Studies of Social Science: A Working Bibliography. NCRM Working Paper. NCRM. (Unpublished)
"The social sciences are currently going through a reflexive phase, one marked by the appearance of a wave of studies which approach their disciplines’ own methods and research practices as their empirical subject matter. Driven partly by a growing interest in knowledge production and partly by a desire to make the social sciences ‘fit-for-purpose’ in the digital era, these studies seek to reinvigorate debates around methods by treating them as embedded social and cultural phenomena with their own distinctive biographical trajectories – or “social lives”. Empirical studies of social scientific work and the role of methods within it, however, remain relatively scarce. There are several reasons for this but, for one thing, it can be difficult to find examples of how such studies might be undertaken. This contribution draws together a literature scattered across various social science disciplines and their sub-fields in which social science methods have been studied empirically. We hope this working bibliography will provide a useful resource for those who wish to undertake such studies in the future. We also hope to show that the more recent literature can be connected to, and stands to be informed by, a much broader literature. We do not pretend that our bibliography is complete and comprehensive but we do think it represents a starting point for those who wish to pursue these issues for themselves."

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The military and the social sciences

The launch of the US Minerva programme - a funding scheme for social and cultural sciences to be embedded in and used by the military - in 2008 was accompanied by a well documented controversy on the ethics and legitimacy of social science research in security or military contexts.

  • http://essays.ssrc.org/minerva/ a collection of essays by the US Social Science Research Council"The Department of Defense recently announced the creation of the Minerva Research Initiative (PDF), also known as Project Minerva, providing as much as $75 million over five years to support social science research on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. The initiative indicates a renewal of interest in social science findings after a prolonged period of neglect, but it also prompts concerns about the appropriate relationship between university-based research programs and the state, especially when research might become a tool of not only governance but also military violence. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has invited prominent scholars to speak to the questions raised by Project Minerva and to address the controversy it has sparked in academic quarters."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Research Evaluation for the Social Sciences and the Humanities RESSH 2015

The EvalHum Initiative is pleased to open the call for papers for its first international conference on Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (RESSH), to be held at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme en Bretagne in Rennes, France, from the 4th to 6th June 2015.

This major conference follows a highly successful international workshop on Quality in Humanities Research held in Rennes in June 2014, as part of the QualiSHS project, supported by the French network of Humanities Institutes, the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, as well as a series of meetings held within the context of the EvalHum Initiative. The aim of this event is to bring together a wide range of researchers and stakeholders interested in questions of research evaluation and the societal impact of the Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH).

Evalhum is an open initiative, aiming at promoting the study of SSH research and increasing its visibility among scholars of other fields and disciplines, the lay public and stakeholders and decision makers. Evaluation appears as an interesting tool to achieve this.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Survey and Analysis of Basic Research in SSH conducted at the European Academies of Sciences and Humanities (SASSH)

In order to optimise the future coordination of pan-European research cooperation, the investigative project intends to improve the coherence of the numerous ongoing SSH research projects and activities conducted in these academies, including the harmonisation of existing standards, tools and instruments applied in those undertakings.

As a parallel objective, the project intends to detect opportunities for a long-term SSH research programme on cultural heritage in Europe (including funding opportunities on the European level) and to analyse the existing - and lacking - (digital) infrastructures for long-term SSH research.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The role of social science and humanities in addressing global challenges

ESOF 2014
16:30 - 17:45 , June 24 2014
Dipylon Hall, Carlsberg Museum

The future of Europe is increasingly determined by the ability of its governments, industries and citizens to integrate and deploy knowledge through economic, societal and cultural measures. Policy makers look towards science to find solutions to the grand challenges of our time such as climate change, energy and food security, and sustainable resources. Sustainable approaches to those challenges will need cooperation among the natural, social and human sciences. Social science and humanities have the tools to analyse social, political and economic processes, and transfer new knowledge and innovative solutions among individuals and institutions. Even the basic capacity to acknowledge and define a societal challenge is co-shaped by socioeconomic analysis.

We will address where this research is headed and how best to make visible the societal relevance of the human and social sciences. We will present an exclusive medley of recent reports and initiatives mapping the outcomes of this research.


Kirsten Drotner, Science Europe
Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Wim van den Doel, Faculty of Humanities - Leiden University

Discussant: Liviu Matei, Central European University

Moderator: Vincent Hendricks, University of Copenhagen

Session organiser: David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen; Katja Mayer, University of Vienna, Austria

ESOF 2014 - Mapping Social Sciences and Humanities

June 23 2014 (15:00 - 16:15) 
Carlsberg Museum/The Dance Halls, Copenhagen, DK 

Andrea Scharnhorst, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS, NL) 
Jürgen Pfeffer, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, USA 
Gunnar Sivertsen, Nordisk Institutt for Studier av Innovasjon, Forskning 
og Utdanning (NIFU) 

Discussant: Katja Mayer, University of Vienna 
Moderator: Frederik Stjernfelt, University of Copenhagen 

Session description 

Session organisers: David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen; 
Katja Mayer, University of Vienna 

Mapping scientific fields and research areas is of growing interest to 
scientists, policymakers, funding agencies and industry. Computation of 
bibliometric data such as co-authorships, co-citation analysis, 
cross-disciplinary collaborations, and inter-institutional networks 
supply coherent visual maps of the research landscape. Research in the 
social sciences and humanities is often difficult to map and survey, 
since these fields are embedded in diverse and often diverging epistemic 
cultures. Some are specifically bound to local contexts, languages and 
terminologies, and the domain lacks global referencing bodies and 
dictionaries. Mapping scientific activity and understanding 
interdisciplinary exchanges requires researchers to go beyond 
traditional statistical methods, such as co-citation analysis, and 
develop new semantic technologies such as topic models, natural language 
processing, as well as survey-based studies. 
We will explore how combinations and variations of science mapping 
approaches can provide a productive basis for studies of research 
characteristics in the humanities and social sciences. 

Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary 
science conference. It takes place every second year in a major European 
city. ESOF2014 consists of a global forum for discussions on topical 
issues in science and humanities complemented by an ambitious outreach 
programme with a large number of events. The conference takes place at 
the Carlsberg City District, Copenhagen June 23-26, 2014 
(http://esof2014.org). About 4,500 participants from more than 70 
countries are present at the conference. The Science in the City 
festival is expected to attract more than 30.000 citizens to the free 

Presentation of Andrea Scharnhorst here

Friday, May 16, 2014


Mapping the Population, Careers, Mobilities and Impacts of Advanced Research Degree Graduates in the Social Sciences and Humanities (POCARIM)


This project is focused on increasing our understanding of the career paths and employment patterns and contribution of doctoral graduates in the social sciences and humanities.

The study focuses on three objectives:
  • Identification of the dimensions of the population and its core characteristics and assess trends in their employment;
  • Identify the diversity of post-doctoral career paths in the SSH field;
  • Assessment of the contribution that this diverse group of research-trained graduates make to Europe’s knowledge based economy and society (their ‘impact’).

In order to respond effectively to these objectives a team of national experts has been put together. All the team have extensive experience of work in this area from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and specific research skills. The team (11 beneficiaries) represents 10 European countries. The national "reach" of the team is however much broader with all participants having engaged in cross-country research spanning the EU and beyond (12 countries).

The work is distributed across 8 work packages combining a range of research review, policy analysis, statistical analysis with fresh survey research and qualitative interviews.

The study incorporates an integrated impact strategy commencing at project start-up through close engagement with the stake holder and user communities and SSH researchers themselves. An active dissemination programme comprising text and web-based dissemination with 5 Regional Workshops and international quality level academic publication commitments.

The results of this work will provide an important and entirely new evidence base enabling us to respond to the three objectives outlined above and shape the future of social sciences and humanities at European and National level.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Conference: Critical Issues in STS, May 2014


Special Session 9:
- Special Session 9: From STS to SSH: Translating STS concepts for the study of social sciences and humanities (SSH)
 (Matthias Duller & Rafael Schögler, Department of Sociology, University of Graz)
 The relation between STS on the one hand, and historical and contemporary studies of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) on the other has received surprisingly little attention so far. One reason might be the widespread view among social scientists that the argument of sociality of scientific knowledge, of primary importance in STS, is self-evident or even trivial in the case of SSH. While it is true that the explosive power behind the rise of STS during the 1970s and 1980s was drawn from sociological explanations of knowledge making, STS has since developed a considerable number of conceptual, methodological and thematic innovations that go well beyond the sheer claim of the social character of scientific knowledge. In recognition of recent publications that call explicitly for an integration of STS concepts to the study of knowledge making in SSH (Camic, Gross, and Lamont 2011), we want to explore the potentials and possible pitfalls of such a transfer more thoroughly.
In particular, we see two contexts of inquiry where a translation of STS concepts to SSH seems especially rewarding. One is the typical concern of STS for the local contexts in which ideas are being developed. This view is usually associated with the emphasis on every-day practices and already informs a number of recent studies in the history and sociology of SSH. Some of which are collected in Camic, Gross, and Lamont 2011. The second context concerns the various relationships of the sciences (both natural and social) with the non-scientific world, referring both to the impacts of scientific activities on society at large and the impacts of societal changes and society onto practices of knowledge making. While being a subject of eminent importance in STS, no comparatively systematic analyses exist for SSH in this respect.
The papers can deal with these or related questions of how STS perspectives can be fruitfully applied to the study of SSH, thereby reassessing the relation between STS and the traditional disciplines of the SSH. Proposals are welcome both from STS and SSH and can be conceptual discussions, case studies or well-founded research proposals.

SS9: From STS to SSH: Translating STS concepts for 
the study of social sciences and humanities (SSH) 

(Chairs: Matthias Duller and Rafael Schögler) 

  • -The Subject-Object-Relationship in the Social Sciences – The Epistemic Participation of the Analyzed, Werner Reichmann 
  • Prospects for the science and technology studies concept ‘boundary-work’ in studies of social sciences and humanities, Pia Vuolanto 
  • Wandering off the Beaten Path: An STS Study of Sociology, Emils Kilis
  • Horizons of Social Sciences and Humanities in European Research Funding – a story of multiple enactments, Katja Mayer 
  • Europeanizing Social Science - The case of the European Social Survey, Kristoffer Kropp 
  • Explanation of prejudice in contemporary Hungarian sociology. A case study, Judit Gárdos

Workshop "Neue Felder der Wissenschaftsforschung"

Call for Papers  - Neue Felder der Wissenschaftsforschung: 

linguistische, medienwissenschaftliche und soziologische Zugänge

Workshop des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs 1769 Locating Media für Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen 
mit Prof. Dr. Gerd Fritz und Dr. Christian Greiffenhagen

Senatssaal, Adolf-Reichwein-Campus
Universität Siegen, 13. und 14. November 2014 

Neben den zahlreichen Gegenständen der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, untersuchen verschiedene Fachwissenschaften das wissenschaftliche Handeln selbst. Nach der langen philosophischen Tradition der Wissenschaftstheorie haben seit den 1970ern die Wissenschaftsgeschichte und -soziologie und seit den 1990er Jahren auch die Linguistik und Medienwissenschaft den Gegenstand Wissenschaft disziplinär für sich erschlossen.
Während die Wissenschaftssoziologie, insbesondere mit den Laboratory Studies und der Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, naturwissenschaftliche Praktiken der Erkenntnisproduktion im Labor und in wissenschaftlichen Kontroversen untersuchte, wenden sich aktuelle Ansätze (Social Studies of Social Science) nun auch der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschungspraxis als wissenschaftssoziologischem Gegenstand zu. Dabei versuchen diese Forschungen – wie die Laboratory Studies – die spezifischen praktischen Medien und Methoden der Erkenntnisproduktion empirisch zu untersuchen und die konstruktiven Leistungen sozialwissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisproduktion (als Konstrukte zweiter Ordnung) nachzuweisen.

Die Linguistik der Wissenschaftssprachen ist einerseits an der Didaktik und andererseits an den epistemologischen Potentialen unterschiedlicher Wissenschaftssprachen interessiert und steht damit entschieden für eine wissenschaftliche Mehrsprachigkeit ein. Daneben thematisiert sie aber auch historische und gegenwärtige Entwicklungen in der Wissenschaftskommunikation (Kontroversenforschung) in unterschiedlichen medialen Settings; nicht zuletzt auch in Settings der Hochschulkommunikation.
Mit dem Thema „Medien der Wissenschaften“ (Jahrestagung 2013) betonte die Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft die Bedeutung einer medienwissenschaftlichen Perspektive für die Untersuchung wissenschaftlicher Prozesse und vertieft damit den Blick auf die medialen Bedingungen und Infrastrukturen wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse: ihrer Produktion, Transformation und Stabilisierung durch Medienpraxis.
Diesen soziologischen, linguistischen und medienwissenschaftlichen Ansätzen folgend, sollen auf dem Workshop Forschungsvorhaben oder -ergebnisse präsentiert und diskutiert werden. Dabei erscheint uns ein interdisziplinärer Dialog zwischen diesen Ansätzen und die Verbindungs- und Übersetzungsarbeit zwischen den Disziplinen unerlässlich, will man den Gegenstand exhaustiv untersuchen. Es gilt also, dass Zusammenwirken von Sprachlichkeit und Soziotechnik der Wissenschaften sowie das Entfalten von Kommunikations- und Erkenntnisprozess aus der Perspektive der Wissenschaftsforschung genauer auszuloten. Dafür soll dieser interdisziplinäre Workshop einen Raum bieten. Folgende Bereiche können durch einzelne Beiträge auf dem Workshop adressiert werden:
  • Praktiken der Erkenntnisproduktion (z.B. interaktive Prozesse: Datenproduktion, Digital Humanities-Praktiken, Anwendung von Forschungssoftware, Lesen und Schreiben von wissenschaftlichen Publikationen etc.)
  • Praktiken des Kommunizierens (z.B. neuere Entwicklungen der digitalen Wissenschaftskommunikation: Weblogs, Twitter, neue Vortrags- oder Festschriftformen, Open Access (Repositories), Open Peer Review; (historisch) ältere Kommunikationspraktiken: Zeitschriften, Monografien, wissenschaftliche Gattungen, Untersuchungen zur alltäglichen Wissenschaftssprache etc.)
  • Praktiken der Infrastrukturierung: Medialisierende Infrastrukturen liegen letztlich den beiden obigen Praktiken zugrunde und sind handlungspraktisch hervorzubringen und aufrecht zu erhalten.
Wir laden Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen der Linguistik, Medienwissenschaften und Soziologie ein, uns bis zum 1. Juli 2014 auf max. einer Seite ihr Forschungsvorhaben und das Format ihrer Präsentation (Präsentation von Forschungsergebnissen oder Diskussion von empirischem Material – bitte mit einer Beschreibung des jeweiligen Materials) in dt. Sprache zu skizzieren. Wir freuen uns, mitteilen zu können, dass wir Gerd Fritz (Gießen) und Christian Greiffenhagen (Loughborough) dafür gewinnen konnten, den Workshop mit zwei Vorträgen zu eröffnen und theoretisch zu rahmen.

Christian Meier zu Verl & Matthias Meiler


Matthias Meiler, M.A.
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Locating Media
Universität Siegen
Artur-Woll-Haus, Am Eichenhang 50
57076 Siegen
Tel.: 0271 740 3057

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Position papers, links, documents on Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe

Document and Link Archive

under construction – compiled by Katja Mayer and Rafael Schoegler for this website: http://horizons.mruni.eu/document-archive/
SSH in Horizon 2020
Get involved in H2020
SSH in former European Framework programmes
SSH in international research funding
  • Van Hemert, Patricia, and Peter Nijkamp. 2008. “Thematic Research Prioritization in the EU and the Netherlands: An Assessment on the Basis of Content Analysis.” Research Memoranda 0023.
  • King, Desmond. 1997. “Creating a Funding Regime for Social Research in Britain: The Heyworth Committee on Social Studies and the Founding of the Social Science Research Council.” Minerva 35(1):1–26.
  • King, Desmond. 1998. “The Politics of Social Research: Institutionalizing Public Funding Regimes in the United States and Britain: British Journal of Political Science.” 28(3):415–44.
  • Papanagnou, Georgios. 2011. Social Science and Policy Challenges: Democracy, Values and Capacities. Paris: UNESCO Pub.
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