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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Centre for British Studies | Research | Colloquia | Wissenschaftsinnovation und Wissenswandel in den Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften. Siggen Kolloquium 2009

Wissenschaftsinnovation und Wissenswandel in den Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften. Siggen Kolloquium 2009


 

In July 2009, an interdisciplinary group of German and Swiss academics met at the country house of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung in Siggen in Schleswig-Holstein to discuss the relation between knowledge, the change of knowledge in relation to social and cultural change, and the pressure to do innovative research. Initiated by PD Dr Birgit Neumann (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen) and Prof Dr Gesa Stedman (Centre for British Studies) the participants discussed models of academic and scientific innovation such as Kuhn's "paradigm shift" and Bachmann-Mehdick's concept of "turns" as to their merits and shortcomtings, historical and disciplinary origins, uses and abuses. Case studies from cultural history showed how scientific innovation and social change are related, and finally the group debated how to deal with the rising pressure to produce "new" research results all the time, to follow every allegedly new turn or paradigm shift while pursuing one's own research project. Various activities are the result of this lively open discussion forum between historians, literary historians and scholars, and social scientists. A discussion platform, a planned journal issue, as well as a number of strategic activities in the fields of higher education politics will be launched and begun shortly.