[Humanist] 27.658 events: MLA session; basic vs applied research

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Tue Dec 31 11:16:28 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 658.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Brian Croxall <b.croxall at gmail.com>                       (19)
        Subject: Methods and More for ACH Session at 2014 MLA

  [2]   From:    Graeme Gooday <G.J.N.Gooday at LEEDS.AC.UK>                 (121)
        Subject: Conference: "Basic and Applied Research". Bonn, 20 Feb 2014

        Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:18:35 -0500
        From: Brian Croxall <b.croxall at gmail.com>
        Subject: Methods and More for ACH Session at 2014 MLA

On Friday, January 10 from 5:15-6:30pm in Sheraton I at the Sheraton
Chicago, the ACH will sponsor a session, "Beyond the Digital" (#402,
http://www.mla.org/program_details?prog_id=402&year=2014), at the
Modern Language Association’s Convention.

The conceit of this panel is that panelists will speak about the
results of their scholarship and NOT their methods, with the hope of
re-familiarizing digital scholarship to the MLA audience. In the end,
we hope to show, digital humanities work is still about finding
interpretations of literary and/or linguistic texts and objects.

As a corollary, we’ve asked the panelists to write blog posts to
outline their methods. Those posts have been published today and we
encourage you to look at the exciting work being conducted with topic
modeling, stylometrics, network visualizations, and more at

Best wishes for the new year,
Brian Croxall
Brian Croxall, PhD | Digital Humanities Strategist | Lecturer of
English | Emory University

        Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:53:49 +0000
        From: Graeme Gooday <G.J.N.Gooday at LEEDS.AC.UK>
        Subject: Conference: "Basic and Applied Research". Bonn, 20 Feb 2014

Conference: "Basic and Applied Research". 
Historical Semantics of a Key Distinction in 20th Century Science Policy

> Date: 20-22 February 2014
> Location: Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn, Germany
> The conference brings together researchers from the interdisciplinary 
> field of science studies to discuss the origins, meanings and 
> transformations of the distinction between “basic research” and “applied 
> research” in the course of the 20th century. The aim is to compare how 
> this key distinction of science and research policy has been handled by 
> diverse ideological regimes of the 20th century, for example by the 
> totalitarian regimes during World War II, by the liberal-democratic 
> regimes of the West or by the socialist regimes of the East during the 
> Cold War era, by decolonized states in the Commonwealth and by the 
> recent innovation regimes of supranational entities such as the EU.
> In the last decades, several authors have noticed with surprise that the 
> basic/applied distinction and the notorious linear model of innovation 
> persist both within science stud-ies and in science and innovation 
> policy, although they have been deconstructed as analytically flawed. 
> Thus, on the one hand, it is common usage to distinguish between “basic 
> research” and “applied research” while, on the other hand, the 
> inadequacy of the-se categories is often debated. This paradox can be 
> solved if one analyzes the respective concepts as historical semantics. 
> Such a change of perspective raises some central questions that will be 
> addressed in the contributions to the conference: Which specific terms 
> have been used in different historical and national contexts? What is 
> the pragmatic function underlying the different forms of usage? Do these 
> opposing notions epitomize diverging ideas or ideologies concerning the 
> goal of science in general? What kind of careers and trajectories did 
> these concepts have, when observing them in retrospect? For example, why 
> did the idea of “basic research” become so important after 1945?
> Program
> Thursday, 20 February 2014
> 2:00 – 2:45 pm Introduction:
> The Role of Semantics in Science Policy and in Science Studies (David 
> Kaldewey/University of Bonn and Désirée Schauz/University of Technology, 
> Munich)
> 2:45 – 5:30 pm Longue-durée Perspectives on the Basic/Applied 
> Distinction

> Basic Research and Innovation: The ‘New’ Semantic Pair 
> (Benoît Godin/Institut national de la recherche scientifique, University 
> of Montreal)

> Talking, and Not Talking, about ‘Applied Science’: Promoting a Culture of the Twentieth Century Public Sphere (Robert Bud/The Science Museum, London)

> Coffee break

> From ‘Natural’ Authority to Tactics and the Conduct of Conducts. The Politics of Knowledge Between the 1950s and the 2000s (Dominique Pestre/L’École des Haute Études en 
> Sciences Sociales, Paris)
> 5:30 – 7:30 pm Academic and Industrial Research

> Rewriting Applied Science: Purifying Histories of Knowledge-Making (Graeme 
> Gooday/University of Leeds)

> The Entrepreneur, the Laboratory, the Investor and the State: Changing Concepts of Innovation in the Twentieth Century (Lea Haller/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)
> 7:30 pm Dinner
> Friday, 21 February 2014
> 9:00 – 11:45 am German Research Policy in Fascist, Liberal and Communist 
> Contexts
> Science Policy in Search of New Semantics: Basic Research in the Era of the Second World War (Désirée Schauz/University of Technology, Munich)

> ‘Grundlagenforschung’ and ‘Anwendungsforschung’ in Science Policy Contexts in Western-Germany after World War II (Gregor Lax/University of Bielefeld)

> Coffee break

> Basic and Applied Research in GDR Science Policy (Manuel Schramm/Technical University of Chemnitz)
> 11:45 am – 3:30 pm Research policy in Communist Countries

> From ‘Planning Science’ to ‘Goal-oriented Research’: Soviet Science Policy in Cross-ideological Encounters (Alexei Kojevnikov/University of British Columbia)

> Lunch break

> Theory versus (Policy Oriented) Empirical Research: Economics in State-Socialist Hungary after Stalin (György Péteri/Norwegian University of Science &Technology, Trondheim)

> White Flags in a Red Tide: Debates Over Basic vs. Applied Research in the 
> Politics of Science in Modern China (Zuoyue Wang/California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)
> 3:30 – 5:30 pm Research Strategies in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts 
> Why Was Fundamental Research Deemed Necessary for Colonial Development 
> after 1940? (Sabine Clarke/University of York)

> Coffee break

> On the Necessity of a Disjunction: Science, Government and Industrialisation in 
> Free India (Jahnavi Phalkey/King’s College London)
> 5:30 – 7:30 pm American Research Policy in National and Transnational 
> Perspective Basic Research as a Political Symbol (Roger Pielke/University of Colorado Boulder)

> Regulating the Transnational Circulation of Knowledge: Dissolving the Basic/Applied Science Distinction (John Krige/Georgia Institute of Technology)
> Saturday, 22 February 2014
> 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Old and New Semantics in the 21th Century

> Basic and Applied Research: How Engineers and Industrial Scientists Use the Distinction (Rudolf Stichweh/University of Bonn)

> The Emergence of the European Research Council: Hijacking Basic Research by Geopolitical and Market Semantics (Tim Flink/Social Science Research Center Berlin) 

> Coffee break

> ‘Tackling the Grand Challenges’: The New Rhetorics of Applied Research in EU Science Policy (David Kaldewey/University of Bonn)

> Concluding Discussion
> The conference fee is 50€ (reduced 25€) and includes coffee and 
> beverages, dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday.

> Please register by February 1, 2014. For further information, please 
> visit our website: www.fiw.uni-bonn.de/fiw-veranstaltungen 
> The conference is supported by the Rectorate of the University of Bonn, 
> the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Forum Internationale 
> Wissenschaft (FIW).

> Organizers:
> David Kaldewey
> Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, University of Bonn, Heussallee 18-24, 
> D-53113 Bonn, kaldewey at uni-bonn.de
> Désirée Schauz
> Munich Centre for the History of Science and Technology, c/o Deutsches 
> Museum, D-86306 Munich, desiree.schauz at mzwtg.mwn.de
> Dr. Désirée Schauz
> Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
> c/o Deutsches Museum Museumsinsel 1
> 80538 München
> Tel.: 089-2179.407, Fax: 089-2179.408
> Email: Desiree.Schauz at mzwtg.mwn.de
> Homepage: http://www.fggt.edu.tum.de/personen/desiree-schauz/

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