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One reason citizens, politicians and university donors sometimes lack confidence in the social sciences is that social scientists too often miss the chance to declare victory and move on to new frontiers. Like natural scientists, they should be able to... weiterlesen →

Social sciences and humanities: how to make them matter today?

„To work under the pressure of academic capitalism and strive to answer the world’s challenges, we may need to think hard and slow about how we can utilise what we have learned from our research to equip our minds, hands, bodies and collectives to imagine alternative future(s) for academia, societies and humanity. Some initiates have been taken. For instance, the International Panel on Social Progress was convened to answer the question “Can we hope for a better society?”“

Be/com/ing Academic

I read the announcement for the symposium on “Be/com/ing academic” on a cold day in early February 2017. It clicked with me.

I started my master’s-doctoral programme at the University of Sussex in 2012, and am pressured to complete on time this September. Since 2015, I have seen my colleagues and friends graduating from their doctoral programmes in the social sciences and humanities. Half started their careers outside of academia. Those who obtained temporary academic positions in the UK are on short-term contracts for teaching or postgraduate research, and unsure about their future in academia. In conversations with those who chose to leave, one question seems to appear often: how come our curiosity to understand the world and human conditions has been transformed into completing a task to answer a manageable question to primarily convince the examiners that “you got it to be a Ph.D.” Then no one is there…

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Helen Pluckrose, a researcher in the humanities who focuses on late medieval and early modern religious writing for and about women, wrote a critical and somewhat controversial piece on postmodernism and cultural constructivism which she sees as currently dominating the... weiterlesen →

March for Science: 12 Demonstrationen für Wissenschaft und Bildung als Basis unserer Demokratie in 12 deutschen Städten

Der "March for Science" (Marsch für die Wissenschaft) ist eine internationale Kundgebung, die am 22. April weltweit in etwa 400 Städten stattfinden wird. Auch das Team von HUMANPOINT demonstriert mit für den Wert von Forschung und Wissenschaft - und gegen... weiterlesen →

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