Book(s) launch: Two books on history of social sciences in Europe and beyond

Book Launch
CEU Community + Invited Guests
Nador u. 15
101 Quantum
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Monday, February 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Institute for Advanced Study, Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies and the Department of History cordially invite you to the discussion and launch

Shaping Human Science Disciplines: Institutional Developments in Europe and Beyond (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan) 

with editors Prof. Dr. Christian Fleck (University of Graz), Dr. Matthias Duller (IAS CEU Botstiber fellow) and Prof. Dr. Victor Karády (Department of History, CEU) 

and invited discussant Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Fabiani (Department of Sociology, CEU)

This book presents an analysis of the institutional development of selected social science and humanities (SSH) disciplines in Argentina, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Where most narratives of a scholarly past are presented as a succession of ‘ideas,’ research results and theories, this collection highlights the structural shifts in the systems of higher education, as well as institutions of research and innovation (beyond the universities) within which these disciplines have developed. This institutional perspective will facilitate systematic comparisons between developments in various disciplines and countries. Across eight country studies the book reveals remarkably different dynamics of disciplinary growth between countries, as well as important interdisciplinary differences within countries. In addition, instances of institutional contractions and downturns and veritable breaks of continuity under authoritarian political regimes can be observed, which are almost totally absent from narratives of individual disciplinary histories. This important work will provide a valuable resource to scholars of disciplinary history, the history of ideas, the sociology of education and of scientific knowledge.


Social Sciences in the "Other Europe“ since 1945 (Budapest: Pasts, Inc., Central European University)

with editors Adela Hîncu (PhD candidate in history, CEU) and Prof. Dr. Victor Karády (Department of History, CEU) 

and invited discussant Prof. Dr. Miklós Hadas (Corvinus University).

Social sciences after the Second World War have been targeted by science studies proper, intellectual and institutional histories, as well as research on cultural policies. This volume brings in the perspective of the "other Europe“, focusing on the disciplines of economics, education science, geography, law, philosophy, political science, semiotics, and sociology. The nineteen chapters cover a wealth of topics, from epistemological continuities and ruptures, the issue of scholarly autonomy and heteronomy in authoritarian regimes, or the role of the West in the legitimization of critical social sciences, to trans-national influences and transfers.