Archive for social sciences

Another threat to the humanities and social sciences?

Posted in research with tags , , , on 13 December 2010 by Steve

“A group of scholars at the Freie Universität in Berlin is distributing via E-mail and their website alarming information about downsizing of the EU research funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The EU is currently drawing up its 8th framework program, in which it decides how to allocate its money …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 13 December]


Social science and policy formation

Posted in research with tags on 17 December 2009 by Steve

“How can social science researchers most effectively make a contribution to public policy formation? The recent debates surrounding how best to address the fiscal crisis facing Ireland cast a spotlight on two challenges that confront researchers who attempt to intervene in the wider public discussion …” (more)

[Jane Gray, Ireland after NAMA, 17 December]

When it comes to pornography, vulgar humanities are happy to talk turkey

Posted in research with tags , , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

UK“When Alan McKee submitted a paper on pornography to a leading social science journal, he did not attempt to spare readers’ blushes. But the language he used did more than raise eyebrows: it earned him a ticking-off from the academic referees who reviewed the paper …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 12 November]

Whither art: vanity is killing social sciences and the humanities

Posted in research with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“‘Academic narcissism’ and a focus on self-promotion over scholarly substance are being blamed for bringing the humanities and the social sciences to the brink. At a conference on the future of the disciplines held in Brussels last week, scholars warned that they were on a self-destructive course. One of those to sound the alarm was Sasa Bozic, associate professor of sociology at the University of Zadar, Croatia, who accused his peers of displaying narcissistic traits …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 29 October]

High Cost of Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted in research with tags , , on 28 August 2009 by Steve

USA“It costs more to publish an article in a humanities or social sciences (HSS) journal than to publish one in a science, technical, or medical (STM) journal – over three times as much, according to a report soon to be released by the National Humanities Alliance in the United States. The full report is to be released as soon as possible, according to NHA committee chairman William E. Davis. In the meantime, a summary by Jennifer Howard in July 20th’s Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required] has been generating much discussion and comment …” (more)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 27 August]

Policymakers’ duty in cash-for-impact plan

Posted in research with tags , , on 16 July 2009 by Steve

UK“Policymakers have a duty to improve the way they commission and use social science research if the impact of academic work is to be used to determine the distribution of funding, a veteran social scientist has said. Chris Bellamy, emeritus professor of public administration at Nottingham Trent University, said the proposals to measure impact in the forthcoming research excellence framework would mean new responsibilities for the Government as well as scholars …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 16 July]