Debating Research Together - Explorations in the excellence and shoddiness in how we in academia engage in cross-cutting scholarly debates

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  • Location: Humanistiska teatern
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  • Organiser: Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS)
  • Contact person: Ingrid Berg
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The aim of Circus’ third annual symposium, 6-7 December, is to explore the qualities of debate, discussion and exchange in research and in public debates.

Scholarly discussions and debates are an essential part of research practice. As researchers, we discuss each other’s work in seminars, when acting as peer reviewers, and much of scholarly writing is done in critical conversation with previous work. These discussions and debates are pivotal in fostering scholarly excellence. Yet, we all know that the style and tone of such conversations do not always present academia in the best of lights. The conditions for having genuine, insightful conversations of constructive criticism are further made more difficult when they are to transgress different disciplinary languages and cultures. Here, the difficulties present in academic debates and conversations mirror those in public debates, where different viewpoints struggle to create a fruitful and respectful debate climate.

Registration opens October 23. Link will be posted here. 

Day 1: Debating Research Together. 

Confirmed speakers (more to be announced):
Karen Tracy, University of Colorado, Boulder
Lambros Roumbanis, Stockholm University
Marie Cronqvist, Lund University
Ulrike Schnaas, Uppsala University
Alex Csiszar, Harvard University
Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Uppsala University

Day 2: Should we just accept this dismal state of public debate? Or can academia constructively contribute to improve on the present societal condition?

Confirmed speakers (more to be announced):
Michal Krzyzanowski, Uppsala University
Laura Arikka, Dialogpaus, Finland

The symposium hosts a mix of presentations and discussions and brings together insights from several fields such as sociology, philosophy, and history of science, and communication studies.

The symposium will be streamed at Zoom.