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:
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.
Related documents

CFP: History of Recent Social Science, ENS Cachan, France



École normale supérieure de Cachan, France

13-14 June 2014

This two-day conference will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest research on the cross-disciplinary history of the post-war social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and sociology as well as related fields like area studies, communication studies, history, international relations, law and linguistics.

We are especially eager to receive submissions that treat themes, topics, and events that span the history of individual disciplines.

The conference aims to build upon the recent emergence of work and conversation on cross-disciplinary themes in the postwar history of the social sciences. A number of monographs, edited collections, special journal issues, and gatherings at the École normale supérieure de Cachan, Duke University, the London School of Economics, New York University, the University of Toronto and elsewhere testify to a growing interest in the developments spanning the social sciences in the early, late, and post-Cold War periods. Most history of social science scholarship, however, remains focused on the 19th and early 20th centuries, and attuned to the histories of individual disciplines. Though each of the major social science fields now has a community of disciplinary historians, research explicitly concerned with cross-disciplinary topics remains comparatively rare. The purpose of the conference is to further encourage the limited but fruitful cross-disciplinary conversations of recent years.

A related purpose is to consider the creation of a Society for the History of Recent Social Science, with the aim to bring together scholars working in the area on an annual basis.

Submissions are welcome in areas such as:

- The uptake of social science concepts and figures in wider intellectual and popular discourses

- Comparative institutional histories of departments and programs

- Border disputes and boundary work between disciplines as well as academic cultures

- Themes and concepts developed in the history and sociology of natural and physical science, reconceptualized for the social science context

- Professional and applied training programs and schools, and the quasi-disciplinary fields (like business administration) that typically housed them

- The role of social science in post-colonial state-building governance

- Social science adaptations to the changing media landscape

- The role and prominence of disciplinary memory in a comparative context

The two-day conference, hosted at the École normale supérieure de Cachan, 15 minutes from Paris, will be organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance.

Proposals should contain roughly 1000 words, indicating the originality of the paper. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 January 2014. Proposals will be evaluated by mid Febuary and final notification will be given in late February. Completed papers will be expected by May 15, 2014.

The organizing committee consists of Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University), Philippe Fontaine (ENS Cachan), Nicolas Guilhot (CIRHUS - NYU), and Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College).

All proposals and requests for information should be sent to:


Call for applicants

The INTERCO-SSH European project organizes a Summer School in Fréjus (France) from the 23rd to the 27th of June. Registration is open to PhD students working on SSH (see conditions below)

The Summer School will provide training in methods for studying SSH: historical sociology of SSH, morphology, prosopography, internationalization, including the circulation of scholars, works (through translation), paradigms, theories and methods, and reception processes.

The INTERCO-SSH project will fund transportation inside France and accommodation in Fréjus (lodging and meals). Applicants traveling from abroad should cover the cost of their travel to France.
If they cannot find any funding available for this purpose, applicants may still apply and let us know.

Summary of the project
The INTERCO-SSH project sets out to assess the state of the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) in Europe and to understand the factors that facilitate or hinder international exchanges. It aims to outline potential future pathways that could promote cooperation across disciplinary and national boundaries.

The project uses the tools of the SSH to study the SSH in their socio-historical context, including their relationship with the political and economic powers. It compares the process of institutionalisation of seven academic disciplines in order to identify the sociological factors that have shaped the “academic unconscious” of scholars. Furthermore, it investigates the transfer of knowledge between countries and disciplines, the geographical mobility of scholars and the circulation of ideas.

More information:

Submission of applications
Applications should include: 

A letter of motivation explaining the applicant’s interest in SSH studies;
A curriculum vitae; A doctoral dissertation proposal or a statement of purpose; A dissertation proposal abstract; A letter of recommendation from her or his advisor or another scholar.
The complete application must be sent to:

Teaching team
Patrick Baert: Professor of Social Theory at the University of Cambridge, Fellow and Director of Studies at Selwyn College
Johan Heilbron: Associate professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Research Director at the CNRS 
Victor Karady: Professor at the History Department of the Central European University (Budapest), Research director emeritus with the French CNRS as well as a former lecturer at the EHESS (Paris)
Gisèle Sapiro: Professor of sociology at the EHESS and Research Director at the CNRS
Marco Santoro: Associate professor in Sociology at the Università of Bologna
Christian Fleck: Associate Professor at the University of Graz
Gustavo Sora: Researcher at CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) at the Institute of Anthropology of the National University of Córdoba, Professor of Anthropological Theory in the same University.

Submission before the 3rd February 2014! Notification: mid-March 2014!

Sophie Valette
European Project Manager! 
Gisèle Sapiro

Scientific Coordinator

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities - Conference and Consultation

The Lithuanian Presidency of the EU is currently preparing a conference to discuss the new role of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities SSH in the new EU research funding programme, Horizon2020, which will be launched at the end of this year. The conference will take place in Vilnius on 23-24 September 2013 (

The conference's steering committee has decided to launch an online consultation on how to shape the roles of SSH in “Horizon 2020”. The objective is to learn more about the current situation and the ambitions of the research community, but also to identify the needs and structural problems of specific fields, with an emphasis on their potential to contribute to the success of the Vision Europe 2020.

The consultation is circulated to the wider SSH research community, irrespective of whether individuals or institutions are already active in EU-funded research, but also to those SSH communities that have not yet been involved in EU-funding.  This may include researchers who are based outside Europe but are in cooperation with colleagues in Europe.

Results of the consultation will be made publicly accessible. They will also provide valuable input for the planned Vilnius declaration on “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities”.

The five questions to be answered until June 15th 2013 can be found here:

Monday, March 05, 2012

Hard Problems in Social Science

An update to the "Harvard List" of the next "Hard Problems in Social Science"....
On Saturday, April 10, 2010, a dozen “big thinkers” shared their thoughts on the hardest problems in social science.

The magazine Nature recently summarized the event and updated with more related events and efforts. The US National Science Foundation has just finished its own agenda setting exercise:
SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
The top ten list according to Nature:

"Published online 2 February 2011 | Nature 470, 18-19 (2011) | doi:10.1038/470018a
Corrected online: 9 February 2011
Box: Priority list
From the article:
Social science lines up its biggest challenges
Top ten social-science questions
1. How can we induce people to look after their health?
2. How do societies create effective and resilient institutions, such as governments?
3. How can humanity increase its collective wisdom?
4. How do we reduce the ‘skill gap’ between black and white people in America?
5. How can we aggregate information possessed by individuals to make the best decisions?
6. How can we understand the human capacity to create and articulate knowledge?
7. Why do so many female workers still earn less than male workers?
8. How and why does the ‘social’ become ‘biological’?
9. How can we be robust against ‘black swans’ — rare events that have extreme consequences?
10. Why do social processes, in particular civil violence, either persist over time or suddenly change?"

Thursday, January 05, 2012

LSE Blog: Impact of Social Sciences

The Impact of Social Sciences blog is a hub for researchers, administrative staff, students, think-tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Open Letter: SSH for the future of Europe

An Open Letter to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation,
Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.

A sustained and substantial European investment in cutting-edge Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities (SSH) can unlock new knowledge and insights that are necessary for Europe
  • to overcome inequality, exclusion and poverty and to adapt to demographic change (migration, ageing, gender relations etc.);
  • to develop resilient institutions that can strengthen sustainable growth, innovation processes, and social and political participation;
  • to exploit cultural diversity as a source for creativity, adaptive capabilities and social innovation;
  • to advance our understanding of cognitive processes and create educational opportunities in inclusive and democratic societies;
  • to understand the complexity of value systems, worldviews and behavioural patterns, and address issues of openness or resistance to change and
  • to move towards successful intercultural dialogue and global diplomacy

If you agree with the need for SSH to produce policy-oriented research for Europe, and if you wish to see a strong SSH-programme under the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) you are invited to read the Open Letter to the Commissioner and sign it!

New Book

Social Knowledge in the Making


See also Q&A with editors @ Inside Higher Education

Over the past quarter century, researchers have successfully explored the inner workings of the physical and biological sciences using a variety of social and historical lenses. Inspired by these advances, the contributors to Social Knowledge in the Making turn their attention to the social sciences, broadly construed. The result is the first comprehensive effort to study and understand the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world.

The essays collected here tackle a range of previously unexplored questions about the practices involved in the production, assessment, and use of diverse forms of social knowledge. A stellar cast of multidisciplinary scholars addresses topics such as the changing practices of historical research, anthropological data collection, library usage, peer review, and institutional review boards. Turning to the world beyond the academy, other essays focus on global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policy makers.Social Knowledge in the Making is a landmark volume for a new field of inquiry, and the bold new research agenda it proposes will be welcomed in the social science, the humanities, and a broad range of nonacademic settings.

Friday, October 30, 2009

International KWALON Conference 'Is Qualitative Data Analysis Software really comparable?'

April 22-23, 2010
University for Humanistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands

"In this 2-day conference we want to explore the use of analysis software in a more methodological sense. The main theme of the conference is the intertwinement of qualitative data analysis, the use of software and the person analyzing. To that end, we've invited developers and users of qualitative analysis software to reflect on the use of CAQDAS. Developers of data analysis software will be presenting the results of their participation in an experiment we designed for them. Users of software present their experiences in working with software.

Press the link for further information about the Conference.
Paper proposals
can be submitted untill November 15, 2009. See the Call for Papers link above for further information. Registration for the Conference is open now and can be done with the online registration form above. The Conference fee is 165 Euro for Early Birds (untill November 30, 2009), and 225 Euro from December 1, 2009 onwards."