Recent Projects

  • Methodological controversies within Dutch literary studies
  • September until December 31, 2008 This project studies the innovation of the Bibliografie van de Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde. The innovation led to a fierce controversy among practicionsers in the field in the Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa. This controversy laid bare key features of how scholars define the identity of their field and of themselves as scholars and researchers.
  • Human Technologies: Techniques and Practices from the Social Sciences
    2008 Social relations have long been shaped by the use of particular techniques, termed here social technologies. Social technology focuses attention on fields of knowledge production (such as education science, psychology, anthropology, marketing, criminology) that are relatively neglected in the study of technology. Social technologies raise philosophical questions about the relation between objective knowledge and the subjectivity of actors that will be explored in this work.
  • Remediation and Ethical issues in Ethnographic Research
    2008 (visit from Estalella to VKS from February to June) Several new conceptualizations and approaches to ethnography in mediated settings have been developed at the VKS. This project explores the ethical dimension of this form of ethnographic fieldwork.
  • Hublab
    November 2007 until June 2008T he SURFShare project Hublab will test special collaboratory software in the actual practice of research teams. Five (international) teams are involved that all deal with gathering, standardizing and analyzing specific data in the field of social and economic history.
  • CREEN: Critical Events in Evolving Networks
    2005-2008 The multidisciplinary project CREEN (Critical Events in Evolving Networks) is part of the Sixth EU Framework Programme. Its objectives are: 1) to develop new methods to recognize emerging critical events in evolving complex networks, coupled networks and active agent networks, and 2) to apply these methods to the analysis of the emergence of new research topics (scientific avalanches) and the sudden emergence of crises in a social institution, i.e. the public trust in science.
  • Hypermobility
    2006-2007
    This is a pilot study about the ways in which ‘hypermobile’ people use mobile phones to ‘repair’ problems and obstacles encountered when juggling multiple tasks over distance, within tight timeframes.
  • Messy shapes of knowledge – STS explores informatization, new media and academic work
    2005-2007
    This projects considers the contributions of science and technology studies, internet studies, communication science, and library and information science on the interaction between ICTs and knowledge production. These insights, often developed in isolation from each other, are drawn together to develop a theoretical framework. This framework is contextualized and integrated with our own empirical studies.
  • Dissimilar simulation: the epistemics of simulation in the humanities
    2005-2007
    By concentrating on cases in the field of archeology, the project investigates the relation between the introduction of simulation as a technological and epistemic innovation within the humanities and changing conceptions of scholarship within contemporary society. Of particular interest is how the adoption of computer-based simulation is related to a perceived “paradigm shift” within the humanities, and towards a more contextualized understanding of cultural practices.
  • Women’s Studies and ICT: creating a mediated space of knowledge?
    2005-2007
    This project aims to understand ethnographically how ict is being intergrated in research practices in a field in the humanities. It will also identify possible areas where further support might be provided to the field of women’s studies, as an interdisciplinary field in the humanities.
  • WISER: Web Indicators for Scientific, Technological and Innovation Research
    2003-2004
    The objective of this research proposal was to explore the possibilities and problems in developing a new generation of Web based S&T indicators. Web indicators should produce information about crucial aspects of e-science: international collaboration through the Web; visibility and connectivity of research centres; innovation networks; gender relationships; and the emergence of the European Research Area.