Publications


Frederik Stjernfelt: Natural Propositions
"The Political Epistemology of Science-Based Policy-Making”

by Budtz Pedersen, David, Journal of Society. August-September 2014. Springer On-line first.
Link to article »

 

"Humanister skal ind i varmen”

by Budtz Pedersen, D., Stjernfelt, F. & Wiben Jensen, Politiken Analyse, 8. september 2014.

"In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive”

by Hendricks, Vincent, The Conversation, 19. marts 2014

"An economy based on social status will always be prone to crisis”

by Hendricks, Vincent, The Conversation, 18. februar 2014

"Research Evaluation”

by Budtz Pedersen, David, Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering. Ed. J. Britt Holbrook. Vol. 3. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA: pp. 595-597.

“Science Bubbles” - artikel:

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13347-013-0142-7
by David Budtz Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks
Philosophy & Technology (Springer), online-first, 23 November 2013.

The Frankfurt School, Science and Technology Studies, and the Humanities, Social Epistemology

http://goo.gl/8DNncf
by Finn Collin & David Budtz Pedersen
Social Epistemology, online-first, 9 December 2013.

“Infostorms” - artikel:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/meta.12028/abstract
by Pelle G. Hansen, Vincent F. Hendricks & Rasmus K. Rendsvig

Who Should Govern the Welfare State 2.0?

http://wp.me/p1Bfg0-19F
by David Budtz Pedersen
Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2, no. 12 (2013): 51-59.

Hvordan bedømmer man tværvidenskabelig forskning?

by David Budtz Pedersen
Videnskab.dk 23. november 2013
http://videnskab.dk/miljo-naturvidenskab/hvordan-bedommer-man-tvaervidenskabelig-forskning

En ny videnskabskrig

by David Budtz Pedersen
Dagbladet Information, 11. november 2013.
http://www.information.dk/478095

Måske bliver humaniora en dag en anerkendt disciplin

by David Budtz Pedersen
Dagbladet Information
http://www.information.dk/473705

Humanomics survey sent to more than 3.200 humanist scholars in Denmark.

Read more about the survey and the project here.

AUDIO LECTURE: Mapping Interdisciplinarity: Philosopical Models of Neuroeconomics

Lecture by David Budtz Pedersen
(Read more)

“Collaborative knowledge”

http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789462099746#aboutBook
by Budtz Pedersen, David, in the book On the Facilitation of the Academy, edit by E. Westergaard & J. Wiewieura, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers: 57-70.

“The Science of Science Policy”

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02691728.2013.782588#.VWhcX9Ptmko
by Budtz Pedersen, David & Collin, Finn, Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2015

“Offentligheden skal vide, at forskning ikke er værdifri”

http://www.information.dk/531919
by Emmeche, Claus, Information, 2. May 2015

“Humanioras renæssance”

by Budtz Pedersen, David, Fagligt Forum, May 2015

“Verden står i brand - humaniora kan give forståelse”

http://politiken.dk/bruger/articlelimit/?articleType=1&articleId=2629708
by Budtz Pedersen, David, Politiken, April 2015

“Overhyped and concentrated investments in research funding are leading to unsustainable science bubbles"

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/10/01/investments-in-science-lead-to-bubble-behaviour/
by Budtz Pedersen, David, The Impact Blog, 1. October 2014

“Facebook and the rise of social algolithms”

http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2015/may/15/facebook?CMP=share_btn_tw
podcast starring Vincent F. Hendricks, The Guardian


Books

Hvordan styres videnssamfundetInfostorms

by Vincent F. Hendricks and Pelle G. Hansen

New York: Copernicus Books / Springer, February 28, 2014
ISBN 978-3319038315
Preorder from Amazon US and Amazon UK
Website: www.infostorms.com

The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge (or lack thereof) prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.

Information is a condition for a robust democracy; people should vote based on sound information. But sound information doesn’t come easy and without labor. It must be properly handled and formatted before it is useful for deliberation, decision and action. In the information age, understanding the means by which information is processed becomes a crucial democratic instrument for the individual as well as the group.


Hvordan styres videnssamfundetHvordan styres videnssamfundet?
Demokrati, ledelse og organisering

Redigeret af Jan Faye og David Budtz Pedersen

400 sider | 398 kr.
ISBN: 978-87-768-3026-7
Forlaget Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne
Bestil bogen hos forlaget

Debatten om ledelse og styring af landets universiteter kører på fuldt blus i disse dage. Der er fokus på, hvad de nye krav til forskere og studerende betyder for universiteterne og deres evne til at skabe viden. Men hvordan skal vi forholde os til debatten, og hvor fører den hen? Det giver denne bog nogle fagligt funderede bud på.


Nedtur - finanskrisen forstået filosofiskNEDTUR!
Finanskrisen forstået filosofisk

Vincent F. Hendricks & Jan Lundorff Rasmussen

København: Gyldendal Business, 2012
ISBN 978-87-02-12873-4
Bestil bogen hos forlaget

Finanskrisen lagde Danmark ned. Vi troede på evig optur, men fik en langvarig nedtur. Vi blev vildledt af vejledning, og friværdier, boligbobler og luftige lån blev til konkurser og krak. Hvordan kunne det gå så galt?

Grådige finansfolk satte småspareres penge over styr. Det samme gjorde naivitet og dumdristighed. Men nedturen skyldes også den måde vi overvejer og handler på hver for sig og i flok. Det er ikke kun politikere og pengemarkeder, der skabte krisen. Vi har som mennesker et fælles ansvar. Og derfor må vi forstå os selv for at forstå nedturen – ikke mindst for at undgå, at den gentager sig.

Nedtur! er filosofiprofessor Vincent Hendricks og investeringsekspert Jan Lundorff Rasmussens historie om, hvordan finanserne faldt, mens vi faldt for manipulation og vores egen psykologi – og idéen om det fornuftige menneske blev sat på prøve.” Nedtur! er en spændende, idérig og tankevækkende bog om finanskrisen. Bogen bringer nye perspektiver til diskussionen om krisen, herunder ikke mindst med hensyn til dens årsager.

An English version entitled “Downfall!” is in preparation and will appear in 2013.


In the media

Videnskaben står over for et paradigmeskifte”

by Budtz Pedersen, Dagbladet Information, 14. juli 2014. http://www.information.dk/503561

“Dagpengekommissionen er sammensat af ‘the usual suspects’”

by Jonas Grønvad & Lasse Johansson, Information, 7. juli 2014: http://www.information.dk/502949

“Excessive funding for popular research creates science bubble”

Science Nordic 28. november 2013
http://sciencenordic.com/excessive-funding-popular-research-creates-science-bubble

“Den poppede forskning løber med pengene”

Videnskab.dk 26. november 2013
http://videnskab.dk/kultur-samfund/den-poppede-forskning-lober-med-pengene

“Populistiske forskningsfelter løber med alle midlerne”

Berlingske Tidende, 27. november 2013.
http://www.b.dk/viden/populistiske-forskningsfelter-loeber-med-alle-midlerne

Hvordan bedømmer man tværvidenskabelig forskning?

by David Budtz Pedersen
Videnskab.dk 23. november 2013
http://videnskab.dk/miljo-naturvidenskab/hvordan-bedommer-man-tvaervidenskabelig-forskning

“Research Funding Has Become Prone to Bubble Formation”

Science Daily, 22. November 2013.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131122103857.htm

En ny videnskabskrig

by David Budtz Pedersen
Dagbladet Information, 11. november 2013.
http://www.information.dk/478095

Måske bliver humaniora en dag en anerkendt disciplin

by David Budtz Pedersen
Dagbladet Information
http://www.information.dk/473705

“Hvad foregår der på humaniora?”

By Frederik Stjernfelt & David Budtz Pedersen
Weekendavisen, IDEER, 13 september 2013.

“Humaniora skal kortlægges”

By David Budtz Pedersen & Frederik Stjernfelt
Dagbladet Politiken, 23 september 2013.

“Opmålingen af humaniora”

Interview with Frederik Stjernfelt
Dagbladet Information, 25. marts 2013.
http://www.information.dk/455506

“Vi skal have videnskaben tilbage”

Interview with David Budtz Pedersen
Dagbladet Information, 23. marts 2013
http://www.information.dk/455344

Archive: Seminars/conferences/lectures


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Science Advice in Denmark and the Nordic Countries

Organized jointly by Aalborg University (AAU) and the International Network for Government Science Advice Held on 26-27 April, 2017, at The Carlsberg Academy, Gamle Carlsberg Vej 15, 1799 Copenhagen V

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Open Research Seminar:

Lars Erslev Andersen:
A third way to research on terrorism – a biopolitical perspective

Wednesday, May 24 at 16.15-18.00 PM
Location: Aalborg Universitet, A.C.Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København SV.
Room: ACM15 3.084A 

What does terrorism, humanities and social sciences have to do with each other?

Come and listen to one of Denmark’s most important researchers on terrorism present current research on the subject.

For years, Lars Erslev Andersen has been researching on terrorism, and is thus known from TV and the official debate as an important source for analyzing contemporary terrorism. In his presentation at Humanomics Open Research Seminar on the 24th of May, Andersen will bring up an alternative way to work with research on terrorism, which – amongst other things – is based on the thinking of Michel Foucault and by application of the concept ‘the competitive state’.

Open Research Seminar:

Peter Øvig Knudsen:
Hvordan udforsker man lukkede miljøer?

Wednesday, May 10 at 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
This seminar will be held in Danish ! 

Det er et særligt metodologisk problem for samtidshistorien at kortlægge grupper og miljøer, der selv i forskellige grad og med forskellige midler modsætter sig kortlægning. Med baggrund i bøgerne om BZ- og hippiebevægelserne diskuteres hvilke metoder og greb der står til samtidshistorikerens rådighed over for lukkede miljøer.

Open Research Seminar:

Quantity versus Quality in Danish Science Journalism

8th of March, at 16.15-18.00 PM (Room ACM15 3.084A)

Welcome to our first event in our Open Research Spring Calender 2017, presented by Gunver Lystbæk Vestergård.

In her presentation Vestergård will talk about scientific news in the public sphere, with focus on her examination of science news in closed and open media markets, as well as print and online science news.
Please visit our Facebook-page for more info on the seminar: www.facebook.com/mappinghumanities

Open Research Seminar:

How to find key actors - descriptive quantitative methods

March 29, 4:14 - 6:15 pm
NB! Room ACM15 2.1042

Welcome to our third event in our Open Research Seminar Calender 2017, presented by Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, assistant professor at the Department of Business and Politics at CBS.

Using his own research on elites as point of departure, Ellersgaard will describe how descriptive quantitative methods such as social network analysis, correspondence analysis and sequence analysis can help us map how actors are related to one another.


Friday 3rd of February 2017, kl. 14:15 in room Kc7 (Niels Bohr Institut, Blegdamsvej 17)

David Budtz Pedersen and Finn Collin:
Can Science Be Saved?

David Budtz Pedersen and Finn Collin will present the paper "Saving Science" by Daniel Sarewitz and comment upon the debate it provoked. The meeting will be held in Danish or English, according to the participants.

Abstract: In his landmark essay, science studies scholar Daniel Sarewitz explores a number of myths about modern science and how it's supposed to work. In “Saving Science” (2016), Sarewitz identifies a number of foundational problems in the scientific edifice.

Prioritizing “curiosity-driven” basic research, which has long characterized our thinking about funding for and management of academic institutions, is fundamentally misguided according to Sarewitz. The idea that technological breakthroughs – airplanes, smartphones, computers, effective pharmaceuticals, the internet, GPS, etc. – that shape the modern world are the result of “the free play of free intellects” is a myth. By buying into that myth, we’ve created a crisis in science, of which issues like irreproducibility and irrelevance are symptomatic.

According to Sarewitz, our task now is to steer the scientific enterprise back to solving real-world problems. In this presentation David Budtz Pedersen and Finn Collin scrutinise Sarewitz’ argument about the current crisis of science and looks for alternative models to Sarewitz strong reliance on the military-industrial framework for research and innovation.

Read more

Read “Saving Science” in its entirety here:

For Danish speaking audiences, the international debate about the current crisis of science has been the centerpiece of a number of recent articles:

Stram styring giver triviel og uoriginal forskning (2016)

Forskere advarer: Grundforskningsboblen er på bristepunktet (2016)

Grundforskningskrise: Forskerne publicerer for meget (2017)

Grundforskningskrise: Resultater kan ikke genskabes (2017)

Forskningsverdenen skal åbne sig radikalt (2015)

Forskningen skal have bredere gennemslagskraft i samfundet (2016)

Nye værktøjer til at måle effekten af forskning (2016)

Finn Collin is professor emeritus of philosophy at University of Copenhagen and member of the Humanomics Research Centre, University of Aalborg. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a dr.phil. degree from the University of Copenhagen.

David Budtz Pedersen is associate professor of philosophy and science communication and co-director of Humanomics Research Centre, University of Aalborg.

Humanomics Open Research Seminars

New trends in the humanities

Thursdays 16:00-18:00
Venue: 15A.0.13 or 14.1.67, University of Copenhagen (KUA)

Where are the humanities heading? This is the question which the Humanomics Research Centre seeks to answer through this spring semester’s course of lectures.

In 2012, the Humanomics Research Centre was established with the aim to map the content and context of the humanities. Director of the Humanomics Research Centre Frederik Stjernfelt and Co-Director David Budtz Pedersen did, however, want to make this knowledge available and debatable to all humanities scholars. Therefore, the Humanomics Open Research Seminars: New trends in the humanities were established.


Jack Copeland at HumanomicsKick-off:
Interdisciplinarity

Jack Copeland

Thursday 5 February, 16.00-18.00
Room 15A.0.13

The course of lectures will be kicked off with a visit from the world-renown professor, Jack Copeland, who is a Distinguished Professor in Humanities at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. Jack Copeland is widely recognised for his work on computer science pioneer Alan Turing, and he is one of the leading researchers when it comes to the nexus between computer science and philosophy – and in a wider sense, the nexus between IT and the humanities. He is currently functioning as Visiting Professor at the IVA at Copenhagen University and he will expand on his research through the seminar Transdisciplinarity: What could philosophy contribute to the history of engineering?

The talk will take its departure in Jack Copeland’s interest in interdisciplinarity, which, as Jack says, has always been his drive. This is also evident from his research, which spans a wide spectrum of different fields and disciplines. Through this seminar, he will focus on the importance of combining philosophy and engineering when exploring questions such as; what do we understand by engineering, what are the limits of engineering, what is the possibility of machines having free will and consciousness and in what sense may the human brain be a computer? This approach will bring us to the goal of discussing how philosophy, and the questions raised by philosophy, is essential to every field of research.


Jack Copeland at HumanomicsSeminar
Is Islamism the fourth totalitarianism?

Mehdi Mozaffari:

Researching on the frontier: How to deal with a new concept: Islam & Ism?

Thursday 19 February, 16.00-18.00
Room 27.0.49

 

On the agenda for the next seminar is the political reality of today’s international society, which will be revisited by Professor Emiritus from Aarhus University Mehdi Mozaffari, who, until 1 January 2013, was Head of the Centre for Studies in Islamism and Radicalisation at Aarhus University.

Professor Mozaffari is Dr. d’Etat en science politique from the University of Paris (Sorbonne-Panthéon) and has been lecturer at the same university. He was a member of the academic staff at Tehran University until he had to flee from Iran in 1978.

He has been a visiting scholar at different universities (Geneva, Grenoble, MGIMO/Moscow) and senior fellow at Harvard University. Mehdi Mozaffari recently published the book Islamism - an oriental totalitarianism (only in Danish), which received praise from the critics for its original and controversial ideas.

Through this seminar, Mehdi Mozaffari will share some of his experiences related to the methodology, data collection and finally editing and publication of his book: Islamisme: en orientalsk totalitarisme (2013-2014). He will present his interdisciplinary approach to this research field as well as how he overcame some of the obstacles encountered in the process.


Jack Copeland at HumanomicsSeminar
The Politics of Literary Form: Franz Kafka in the Asbestos Industry

Isak Winkel Holm

Thursday 5 March, 16.00-18.00
Room 27.0.49

According to the well-known notion of the 'Kafkaesque', the fictional world in Kafka's literary works is a world determined by fate-like bureaucracies, and hence an immutable world devoid of the political. In this talk, however, I will argue that political action in concert plays a vital role in Kafka. Kafka is not 'Kafkaesque', and in order to show why not, I have to suggest a rethinking of the relationship between literature and politics, shifting the theoretical focus from the political events depicted on the content-level of the literary work towards the political events triggered by the literary form.


Poul Holm at HumanomicsSeminar
Humanities World Report: Assessing the state of the humanities

Poul Holm

Thursday 19 March, 16.00-18.00
Room 27.0.49

Recently, Poul Holm has worked on The Humanities World Report. It is the first of its kind, and the 'Report' gives an overview of the humanities worldwide. Published as an Open Access title and based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews conducted with 90 humanities scholars across 40 countries, the book offers a first step in attempting to assess the state of the humanities globally. Through this seminar, Poul Holm will, based on the report, correct the stereotypical view of humanists as scholars locked away in their ivory towers, and instead show the emerging picture of humanists as deeply committed to the social value of their work and appreciative of the long-term importance it has for addressing global challenges.

Poul Holm is Trinity Long Room Hub Professor of Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Director of the Irish Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme. He is President of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres. He has served on national and European committees such as the Danish Research Council for the Humanities, the European Society for Environmental History, the EU DG Research METRIS group, and the ESF RESCUE initiative on Climate Change Research.


Pelle Guldborg HansenSeminar
Guerilla Science: The need for a new research strategy

Pelle Guldborg Hansen

Thursday 16 April, 16.00-18.00 Room 14.1.67

Pelle Guldborg Hansen (1977) is behavioural scientist, at Roskilde University. He is also the Director of ISSP – The Initiative of Science, Society & Policy at Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark; a member of the Prevention Council of the Danish Diabetes Assoc; Chairman of the Danish Nudging Network; founder of TEN - The European Nudge Network, and a pioneer of guerilla research.

Pelle Guldborg Hansen specialises in Applied Behavioural Science with the direct aim of creating social change.

In his talk on Guerilla Research he will explore the potentials, problems and pitfalls regarding support and engineering of social and behavioural change as integral parts of what it is to do research. In particular he will focus on what it is to create a genuine exchange between researchers and the surrounding societal institutions; as well as why modern society calls for the addition of this research strategy in order to advance research, society and policy.


Claus EmmecheSeminar
Interdisciplinary Humanities: The borderology of friendship

Claus Emmeche

Thursday 30 April, 16.00-18.00 Room 14.1.67

In this seminar, interdisciplinarity will be discussed through borderology as a mapping of the disciplinary structure of knowledge and different styles of inquiry.

As an illustration, a comparative study of friendship as a human universal, a cultural construct, a biosocial behaviour pattern, a form of love, a value bestowal, a power relation, an identity constituent, ‘another self’, a family resemblance concept, a reification, etc., will be introduced.

Claus Emmeche is an Associate Professor at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, and part of the Humanomics Research Group. His research interests have focused on philosophy and sociology science, ontology, biosemiotics, and interdisciplinarity. As part of the Humanomics project he is mapping discursive borders between the natural, the human and the social sciences.


Hans Ulrich GumbrechtSeminar
Presence - or How the Eternal Crisis of the Humanities Can Come to an Ending

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Thursday 7 May, 16.00-18.00 Room 23.0.49

The proverbial "Crisis" of the Humanities has not only been existing since their first emergence, discussions triggered by it soon also became of a way for them to survive. For a change, the question should be asked, in the present situation and without any duplicity, whether, as an institution with a historical beginning, it is not preferable to declare the Humanities dead and look for a fresh start. In other words: can "presence" occupy the place of "meaning" in an intellectual environment that finds itself both in discontinuity and in continuity with the Humanities.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French & Italian (and by courtesy, he is affiliated with the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures/ILAC, the Department of German Studies, and the Program in Modern Thought & Literature). In Europe and in South America, Gumbrecht has a presence as a public intellectual; whereas, in the academic world, he has been acknowledged by nine honorary doctorates in six different countries: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and Russia. He has also held a number of visiting professorships, at the Collège de France, Zeppelin Universität (Friedrichshafen), University of Manchester, and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, among others.


Extra seminar
Transdisciplinary and transmedial research: Documentary filmmaking as collaborative knowledge production

Phie Ambo, David Budtz Pedersen, and Kristian Moltke Martiny

Friday 19 June, 14.00-16.00
Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Room: Kc7

documentary filmmaking

For several years, research collaboration has emerged as one of the primary tools for stimulating high-impact research and industrial R&D. Public research programmes, such as Horizon 2020, and private research foundations have formulated comprehensive strategies for nurturing cross-disciplinary projects.

Many of the most exciting developments in contemporary research and innovation are seen as cross-disciplinary, for example cognitive neuroscience, nanotechnology, or synthetic biology.

This SiV mini-seminar takes the idea of collaboration one step further, widening the current scope and understanding of collaboration in research and innovation, and exploring how art and film-making can contribute to new trans-medial modes of research.

This edition of SiV will take the form of a mini-seminar with three short presentations by

  1. Danish documentary filmmaker Phie Ambo (director of e.g. Mechanical Love and Free the Mind),
  2. PhD Fellow Kristian Moltke Martiny, a researcher in cognitive science, who tries to answer in a new documentary what it means to live with cerebral palsy (CP) and
  3. Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen, a philosopher of science who specializes in cross-disciplinary and cross-medial collaboration.

Together, the three presentations will discuss and invite reflections on how documentary filmmaking, art and new forms of collaboration can be used to drive co-creation of knowledge and ideas among scientists, artists, citizens and new media.

The seminar is organised by Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen in collaboration with Claus Emmeche, director of the Copenhagen Open Seminar in Science Studies (SiV). The workshop is open to everybody and free of charge.

http://sivsem.pbworks.com/w/page/97229385/FrontPage


Seminar
Nature and Culture in the Mirror of Knowledge

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Tuesday 23 June, 14.00-16.00
Room 27.0.09

According to the „two cultures“ thesis, the natural sciences and the humanities have, in the course of the 20th century, grown apart into fields of knowledge that do not understand each other anymore. In this lecture, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger destabilizes the contours of this black-and-white thinking and presents the history of disciplines as dramatically ever-changing formations. Contrasting respective positions of Cassirer, Mannheim, Bachelard and Bourdieu, he discusses concepts of nature and culture on the one hand, and formations of knowledge beyond disciplines on the other.

The gaze beyond – or better, below – the disciplines can be understood as a reaction to the fact that the disciplinary dichotomy between nature and spirit has started to be fundamentally transformed throughout the 20th century. This plea from the point of view of a science historian, instead of looking backwards, aims at promoting a new culture of mutual „call-out-and-in” to deal with an epistemic universe henceforth no longer comprehensible in a dual but in an irreducibly plural mode.

Professor HANS-JÖRG RHEINBERGER is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. He is also a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. His research is centrally concerned with the history and the epistemology of experimentation. He has published books such as Toward a History of Epistemic Things. Synthesizing Proteins in the Test Tube (1997), An Epistemology of the Concrete (2010) and On Historicizing Epistemology: An Essay (2010), and co-authored (with Staffan Müller-Wille) Heredity Produced: At the Crossroads of Biology, Politics, and Culture, 1500-1870 (2007) and A Cultural History of Heredity (2012). Currently, he is working on a book about the philosopher of science Gaston Bachelard and the copper engraver Albert Flocon.

The seminar is organized in collaboration with:

Jens Hauser from Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen http://artsandculturalstudies.ku.dk/staff/?pure=en/persons/47593

Medical Museion http://www.museion.ku.dk/da/

Goethe Institut Denmark http://www.goethe.de/ins/dk/kop/daindex.htm


Seminar
Workshop on Applied Philosophy

Robert Frodeman

Monday 29 June, 14.00-16.00
Room 27.0.09

Robert Frodeman at Humanomics CenterProfessor Robert Frodeman (University of North Texas, Author of the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity) will give an open lecture on Applied Philosophy in the Humanomics Research Seminars.

The applied philosophy literature is full of insights about practical problems. But in a new survey of the literature, there are essentially no accounts of how a philosopher is supposed to ensure that these insights have an impact. It’s a bias rooted in the discipline: one has exhausted one’s intellectual task and professional obligation when one deposits a peer-reviewed publication in a reservoir of knowledge. Absent is any reflection about how to actually get involved with the stakeholders in particular policy processes, how to effectively interject insights into conversations, or how to track the impacts of one’s efforts. Together with a team of researchers, Robert Frodeman has studied the literature in applied philosophy in order to improve the impact of philosophical work on both the STEM disciplines and society. As part of this work the team surveyed 4,500 articles published in five applied philosophy journals for (a) accounts of success (or failure) in affecting ongoing social concerns, and (b) accounts of ‘best practices’ for how to have an impact. In this seminar, Professor Frodeman will present the major findings and discuss their implications for the philosophy discipline.

Discussant:

David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

The seminar is organised by Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen, Humanomics Research Center.

For inquiries, please contact davidp@hum.ku.dk

Attendance is free and open for everyone with an interest in the future of philosophy.

For more information about applied philosophy:
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/04/27/achieving-escape-velocity-applied-philosophy/

David Budtz Pedersen's review of Robert Frodemans's book "Sustainable Knowledge" (2014):
http://www.information.dk/527238

2015-2016 MA-course at University of Copenhagen in applied philosophy:
http://mapping-humanities.dk/news/klimafilosofi/index.html

Frederik Stjernfelt modtager Mouton d'Or 2013Frederik Stjernfelt modtager prestigefuld forskningspris

Frederik Stjernfelt modtager den prestigefulde forskningspris Mouton d’Or Award 2013, der uddeles af De Gruyter Mouton for bedste artikel i tidsskriftet Semiotica.

Stjernfelt modtager prisen for artiklen "The generality of signs: The actual relevance of antipsychologism,", som blev trykt i bind 194 (1/4). Juryen bestod af Prisca Augustyn (USA), Massimo Leone (Italy) og Andrea Rocci (Switzerland).

Symposium

Impact of the humanities

22. januar 2015, kl. 13-16
Auditorium 23.0.49, KUA

Through this symposium, with two presentations and the subsequent panel debate, the Faculty of Humanities aims at qualifying the debate about impact assessment and evaluation systems in the humanities - and beyond. You are hereby invited to participate in the event and the following reception.

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Course

Humanomics: Contemporary theories of the human sciences

Lecturers: David Budtz Pedersen og Frederik Stjernfelt
When: Springsemester, 2015, Wednesday 11-14.
Where: KUA, Room: 21.1.49
Sign up: Self service at KUnet, 26. januar til og med 2. februar 2015.
Level: Full Degree Master

 

Content:

The intention of this course is to approach the theory of science of the humanities in novel ways. Instead of studying traditional schools of thought, such as structuralism, Marxism, hermeneutics etc, we aim at covering the field thematically, giving students an overview of contemporary issues and problems in the practice and discussion of the humanities.

The course is related to the current Velux Research Project "Humanomics: Mapping the Humanities" located at the Department of Culture and Arts. MA students will gain first-hand insight and access to the ongoing results and debates of this interdisciplinary project.

The course begins by introducing classic ways of conceiving the humanities, then presents new methods and strategies of mapping and understanding knowledge production in the humanities (using e.g. large questionnaire-based surveys, social network analysis and bioliometric micro-data).

Issues concerning the contemporary development of scholarship and education in the humanities will be introduced and discussed, including the use of data, methods and digital technologies in the humanities as well as new cultures of interdisciplinarity research and education that lies at the border between the human, social and natural sciences.

A further bundle of issues to be explored in the course relates to the role of abstraction in the humanities, the confusing plethora of culture concepts in current human sciences, and the naturalization of propositions, etc.

Link for course description:
http://kurser.ku.dk/course/hlva03448u/2014-2015

 

Symposium on Interdisciplinary Excellence

INTERDISCIPLINARY EXCELLENCE
Half‐day symposium

Tuesday 9 September 13:00 – 16:00
Room 22.0.11 University of Copenhagen (KUA2)
Organised by Humanomics Research Centre

Interdiscisplinarity is emerging as one of the main drivers of scientific research and research-based solutions in contemporary societies. Many of the most exciting and influential ventures in science today are seen as interdisciplinary, for example cognitive neuroscience, behavioural economics or synthetic biology.

Humanomics Research Centre invites everyone to an afternoon with Professor Robert Frodeman who will give an introduction to what he sees as the most pressing challenges in driving sustainable interdisciplinarity. After the presentation, four speakers will give their responses and perspectives on the challenges presented by Prof. Frodeman, including interventions from two of the most influential private and public research foundations in Denmark (The Lundbeck Foundation and The Danish National Research Foundation).

Speakers

Robert Frodeman
Director of the Centre for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas

Anne-Marie Engel
Director of Research, The Lundbeck Foundation

Vibeke Schröder
Senior Advisor, The Danish National Research Foundation

Hanne Andersen
Director of the Centre for Science Studies, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University

Maja Horst
Head of the Department for Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen

David Budtz Pedersen
Co-Director, Humanomics Research Centre, University of Copenhagen

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Mapping social science and humanities

13:30 - 14:45, June 23, 2014
Carlsberg Museum/The Dance Halls

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The role of social science and humanities in addressing global challenges

15:00 - 16:15, June 24, 2014
Carlsberg Museum/The Dance Halls

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Humanomics Research Seminars (spring 2014)

Having established the Humanomics project at the University of Copenhagen, we would like to start a discussion forum called "Research Seminar".

Our intention is to gather colleagues Ph.d. students, and advanced students for discussions of new trends and theories in the humanities - ranging from current exemplars of research projects to theoretical debates about the past, present and future of the humanist scholarship.

The objective is to organise one or two monthly meetings, Thursdays 16-18, with presentations of new research by Copenhagen University staff and invited international scholars. We hope to gather a small circle of persons in an informal atmosphere with animated discussions and lively interaction.

Program

March 30

David Budtz Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)

April 3

Finn Collin (University of Copenhagen)

May 1

Steve Fuller (University of Warwick) (TBC)

May 15

Frederik Stjernfelt (University of Copenhagen)

 

The ’Research Seminars’ take place in room 27.0.17 at the Faculty of Humanities except the seminar on 3 April which takes place in room 27.0.09.

OPEN LECTURES

Radical Enlightenment

by Frederik Stjernfelt

Four Lectures introduce the emergence of "Radical Enlightenment" in intellectual history studies since 1980, marked by the two books titled "Radical Enlightenment" - Margaret Jacob (1981) and Jonathan Israel (2001).

Forelæsningsrækkerne finder sted kl. 14-16 i lokale 27.0.47 torsdage i ugerne 7, 13, 15 og 19

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Opening of Humanomics Research Centre at University of Copenhagen

Friday 7 February 2014, 13:00-17:00
Faculty of Humanities , Karen Blixens Vej 1, 2300 Copenhagen S
Room: 27.0.17

Inaugural Lecture

Frederik Stjernfelt
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
University of Copenhagen

Honorary Lecture

Barry Smith
National Center for Ontological Research
University of Buffalo

Humanomics Lecture

David Budtz Pedersen
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
University of Copenhagen

CONFERENCE

The Humanities Towards a New Agenda

Conference 2:
NEGOTIATING THE HUMANITIES

Aarhus University, 14-15 November 2013
Deadline for registration: Nov. 10, 2013.

Introduction, conference programme, and more

KONFERENCE

Humanistisk faglighed og tværfaglighed

Aarhus Universitet
22.-23. februar 2013
Auditorium 1, Bygning 1.441

Introduktion og konferenceprogram

CONFERENCE

The Humanities Towards a New Agenda

Conference 1:
MAPPING THE HUMANITIES

November 21-22, 2012

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CONFERENCE

Biology and the Humanities

6-7th December 2012 University of Copenhagen

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