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The Impact of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Discussing Germany and Japan

Symposium, November 13th-15th 2017, Tokyo

(12.09.17) Following recent developments in science policy around the world the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgmeinschaft, DFG) will host a symposium on “The Impact of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Discussing Germany and Japan” on 14th and 15th November 2017.

This symposium brings together high profile speakers from both the academic and research/science policy communities from Japan and Germany in order to seek new insights into the meaning and effects of the discourse of “societal impact” and related administrative practices. It will include a keynote speech by DFG-President Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider.

Objectives

Academic research costs money, and it is neither surprising nor inappropriate that researchers and research institutions are asked to justify their use of public resources. What calls for analysis and discussion, however, is the expectation that such justifications be framed in terms of how likely a given individual research project is to meet “societal needs” or what “societal impact” or “output” it has or is likely to have in the future. This symposium brings together Japanese and German representatives of the humanities and social sciences in order to seek new insights into the meaning and effects of the discourse of “societal impact” and related administrative practices.


Science Policy Workshop focusing on the topic of The Social Impact of the Humanities and the Social Sciences

  • Keynote Speech by DFG-President Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider: “Truth – Impact – Power“
  • Roundtable Discussion I: “The Impact of ‘Impact’”
  • Roundtable Discussion II: “The Impact of the Humanities and Social Sciences”
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 9:00 – 15:00
  • Place: German Cultural Center, 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
  • Organizer: German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), DFG Office Japan
  • Support: Goethe-Institut Tokyo, The German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese/English with simultaneous translation

The Programme is subject to changes.


Social Science Workshop showcasing current high impact social science research, Social Science Contributions to Contemporary Social and Political Changes in Germany and Japan

  • Sociology Panel: “Social Institutional Change and Social Inequalities”
  • Political Science Panel: “Challenges to Democratic Governance”
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 15:15 – 20:00
  • Place: German Cultural Center, 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
  • Cross-disciplinary Panel: “New Directions in Transnational Studies: Regional Institutions, Identities and Communities”
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 9:00 – 15:00
  • Place: German Cultural Center, 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
  • Organizer: DFG Office Japan, Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Karen Shire, PhD. (University of Duisburg-Essen and Ochanomizu University)
  • Support: Goethe-Institut Tokyo, The German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo)
  • Language: English

The Programme is subject to changes.

Contact and Registration

Please register by mail to Aiko SATO, Assistant, DFG Office Japan (with your full name, affiliation and position)

For inquiries by phone please call

  • 03-3589-2508

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