Workshop: The Future of Social Sciences Lies in its Past

Nov 26, 2018, 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm, IHS, Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Vienna

Social sciences are a building block of the democratic, social, and intellectual fabric European societies. Yet there is a certain general feeling of social sciences being “old-fashioned”; their credibility is more under attack than other sciences, because by nature they are dealing with more contentious issues often closely associated with the ways people go about their everyday life, the values and political convictions and social institutions framing social life. However, there are also aspects in the institutional and epistemological configuration of the social sciences that seem to have debilitating effects on their influence. This workshop aims at discussing some of the latter aspects. A central intuition guiding the discussion is that in order to understand the current configuration and future trajectory of the social sciences we need to understand their history – how we got where we are and how that constrains/shapes/conditions the future.

An introductory presentation will be given by Kristoffer Kropp (Roskilde University). Kristoffer has published on social science knowledge production in Europe, the production of European social scientific data (especially survey data), as well as the use of social science knowledge and EU research policy.

To register please send an email to event(at)ihs.ac.at.

The workshop is held in preparation of the Austrian EU Presidency Conference "Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda" on 28-29 Nov. (for details, see conference website)