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CfP: Workshop "The Independence of Research – Interdisciplinary Perspectives" | 15-16 November, Berlin

CfP: Workshop "The Independence of Research – Interdisciplinary Perspectives" 
15-16 November 2018 in Berlin

Dear colleagues,

Our research group "Independence of Research" invites you to contribute to our interdisciplinary workshop on this topic, which will take place on 15 and 16 November 2018 in Berlin. Below, please find a brief description of the workshop. The call is attached and can be found at

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.

We invite theoretical and empirical contributions, which may contribute to the disciplinary perspectives described above, add new ones, or explore interdisciplinary perspectives. Please submit abstracts of about 500 words until 3 September 2018 to Jochen.Glaser[@] Participants will be notified by 15 September 2018. We will cover travel and accommodation costs of participants.


Best wishes


Jochen Gläser


PD Dr Jochen Gläser

Center for Technology and Society

TU Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin



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