What should be the role of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in research agendas? How should SSH relate to the aims and assumptions of such agendas, especially as regards innovation? What is the need and potential to open up the issues? How do/can SSH intervene in research policy and priorities?
In discussions on the EU’s 2014-2020 research programme, for example, a European Commission official suggested the need to ‘embed’ the SSH across all Societal Challenges, towards closer collaboration with science and engineering. How have the SSH been historically embedded? How has this role changed recently? What analogies with journalists being embedded in military organisations? And what differences? What kinds of collaboration should be promoted – or avoided? How to generate debate on these issues?
Such a debate has been initiated by Ulrike Felt’s article, ‘Within, Across and Beyond:
Reconsidering the Role of Social Science and Humanities in Europe’. We invite commentaries for publication with her article in the September 2014 issue of Science as Culture.
Deadline: April 30th, 2014. Length is flexible, e.g. 1k-6k words. Devise a thematic title and speak to it in commenting on her article and perhaps the Vilnius Declaration. Author’s contact details (postal address and email address) should be at the top of the file. Send these submissions to both Editors: L.LevidowATopen.ac.uk and keanbirchATgmail.com
Full-scale papers (10k words) are also welcome. But these would need to follow the SaC editorial guidelines and undergo the normal referee procedure. They could be published in a later issue. See http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/csac