Call for Papers: Workshop “The independence of research – interdisciplinary perspectives” (15.–16.11.2018, Berlin)

The research group “Independence of Research” invites contributions to their interdisciplinary workshop “The independence of research – interdisciplinary perspectives”, which will take place on 15 and 16 November 2018 in Berlin.

The independence of research is a key strategic problem of modern societies. The question of who should be able to influence research and how this can be accomplished without damaging its productivity becomes increasingly important. At the same time, we observe new challenges to the independence of research from the increasing integration of science in political processes, changes in science funding, threats to the mutual trust between scientists such as the reproducibility crisis and the discovery of questionable research practices, as well as a growing mutual dependence of researchers. The complex problems posed by these shifts are insufficiently matched by a collaboration of disciplines investigating conditions for, and effects of, the changing independence of research. Sociological, psychological, legal, economic, historical and philosophical perspectives are unevenly developed, insufficiently integrated, and rarely linked to reflections by scientists on their independence.

The deadline for submissions is September 3, 2018.

For more information, check the full Call for Papers.