American Sociological Association Statement, Guidebook Back Teaching about Race and Racism
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by Social Science Space
3d ago
Citing as one example a Florida university’s sociology department canceling all its courses that focused on race, the American Sociological Association recently released a statement “urg[ing] public officials, educators, and lawmakers to avoid suppressing knowledge, violating academic and free speech, and prohibiting scholars and teachers from discussing and teaching about the roles of race and racism in society.” The 117-year-old learned society at the same time released a 17-page “sociological guide for the public” on race and racism in the United States. the guide is based on the idea that ..read more
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Holberg Prize Panel to Examine Challenges to European Liberal Democracy
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by Social Science Space
4d ago
What can German history since 1871 tell us about the relationship between nationalism, democracy, and authoritarianism, both in Germany and in Europe at large? And how can historians and social scientists cooperate in dealing with basic challenges to liberal democracy in the past and present? These questions lie at the heart of a panel discussion hosted by the Holberg Prize and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on January 27. The discussion, part of a year-long series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the Holberg Prize, will be held live in Berlin and also appea ..read more
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Restoring Regina Twala, Southern Africa’s Erased Activist and Anthropologist
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by Joel Cabrita
1w ago
With Dan Twala in 1940. (Photo: Ohio University Press) Born in South Africa and exiled to neighboring Eswatini, Regina Twala was one of southern Africa’s most important intellectuals: a pioneering writer, academic, political activist and feminist. Why, then, has she been all but forgotten? That’s the question a new book sets out to answer. In the process, Written Out: The Silencing of Regina Gelana Twala aims to restore Twala to her rightful place in history. The Conversation South Africa spoke with the book’s author, historian Joel Cabrita. This interview with Joel Cabrita originally appeared ..read more
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Rethinking the Link Between Learned Societies and Academic Journals
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by Aileen Fyfe
1w ago
The frontispiece of the first volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society as produced by original editor Henry Oldenburg in 1666. (Photo: CC BY 4.0/Wikimedia) It has been almost a decade since I began thinking about academic publishing and learned societies. My team and I spent four years digging through the minute books, correspondence and reports held in the archives of the Royal Society of London, and almost as long again processing, analyzing, writing and revising our history of scientific journals. The book is out at last, and now there is some space to reflect ..read more
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ESRC-Funded Initiative Aims to Harness Social Science to Address Environmental Issues
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by Social Science Space
1w ago
A new five-year program funded by Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council aims to harness social science to address vital environmental concerns. The Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Sciences, or ACCESS, Leadership College is tasked with “provid[ing] insights to find fresh thinking and new solutions to support the transition to a sustainable and biodiverse environment and a net zero society,” according to a description hosted by the University of Exeter. Patrick Devine-Wright, left, and Birgitta Gatersleben ACCESS is headed by Patrick Devine-Wright, a professor of h ..read more
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Showing Real Vision: From Data Visualization to Data ‘Sensification’
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by Andrew Gelman and Gwynn Sturdevant
1w ago
We think nothing of representing sound visually in two dimensions … (Image: GDJ/Pixabay) Data visualization and exploratory data analysis have been recognized in recent decades as important parts of statistics and, with the development of tools to routinely produce high-quality infographics, they have become central public-facing aspects of statistics and data analytics. Visualization is important for a few reasons: communication of data and research findings; exploration that reveals anomalies and unexpected patterns in data; and evaluation of complicated models. In short, statisticians and a ..read more
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Rethinking Organizational Crisis Management: How Financial Insecurity Inhibits Ethical Leadership
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by Mayowa T Babalola, Yuanmei Qu, and Lu Chen
1w ago
(Photo: Nidan/Pixabay) Recently, a research paper entitled “Financially secure and less ethical: Understanding why and when financial security inhibits ethical leadership,” written by Yuanmei (Elly) Qu (Rowan University), Mayowa T Babalola (Royal Melbourne Polytechnic University), Chidiebere Ogbonnaya (Kent University), Shuang Ren (Queen’s University Belfast), Lu Chen (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China), and Mengxi Yang ( University of Chinese Academy of Sciences), was published online in the journal Human Relations. Today, on behalf of the research team, Mayowa T B ..read more
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Archivists Are Being Tasked With Ever-Tougher Calls With Far-Reaching Consequences
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by Stuart Kells
2w ago
Copy of the First Folio held at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. (Photo: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY) Right now, for technological, ethical and political reasons, the world’s archivists are suddenly very busy. Advances in digital imaging and communications are feeding an already intense interest in provenance, authorship and material culture. Two recent discoveries – a woman’s name scratched in the margins of an 8th-century manuscript, and John Milton’s annotations in a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio held in the Free Library of Philadelphia – are examples of how new tools ..read more
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Orientalism and the Advocacy of Face Masks
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by Robert Dingwall
2w ago
In September 1957, the New Yorker published an article called “Orientals are Stoic.” The author, Andre M. Tao-Kim-Hai, was a Vietnamese diplomat working for the United Nations. He described his experiences after surgery in a New York hospital and how he was constantly stereotyped by the medical and nursing staff:- ‘One interne said that he had been surprised when I giggled during the surgeon’s examination in the afternoon. “Orientals are Stoic, ” he stated sententiously. I decided that by “stoic” he meant tough (…) and I took it to be a compliment. But I wondered about “Orientals” and asked ..read more
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Can Research Be Both Impactful and Neutral?
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by Giuseppe Delmestri
2w ago
(Photo: Lilly_M/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons) In response to this proposition I argue simply, yes. We should engage in activism and civil disobedience, especially when our own survival and civilization are at stake. What may surprise some readers, however, is that in doing so we should and would NOT lose our neutrality. Because, we are not neutral in the first place. Some colleagues, while stating that “all knowledge is ‘worldly’ and, in this sense, political,” consider it “perilous to conflate” the roles of researcher and activist.” I defend instead the view that these roles are c ..read more
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