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Humanities World Report A proposal. Poul Holm Professor, Trinity College Dublin Arne Jarrick Professor, Stockholm University. A global overview of the state of humanities around 2010 Emerging trends and current challenges to humanities research

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    1. Humanities World ReportA proposal Poul Holm Professor, Trinity College Dublin Arne Jarrick Professor, Stockholm University

    2. A global overview of the state of humanities around 2010 • Emerging trends and current challenges to humanities research • Of use to the research community and to academic leaders and research policy stakeholders

    3. The report will cover the humanities broadly defined – but not overlap with the UNESCO social science report. The report defines the humanities as covering the following broad disciplines: history, social anthropology, archaeology; philosophy, religious studies; aesthetics, media studies, literature, art; linguistics

    4. HWR aims to set a baseline against which future developments in the world of humanities may be evaluated • institutional conditions for humanities research • identify selected emerging fields of research in the Humanities world-wide

    5. Methodologies • Quantitative observations on institutional conditions for research, research fields, publications and academic careers • Qualitative studies of research themes/problems/theories and findings rather than specific disciplines. The report will consider the implications for contemporary and future humanities research of technology, interdisciplinarity and social conditions

    6. Sources • National and international reports on the Humanities • Case studies of selected institutions and individuals • Key statistics for Humanities faculties at 50 top universities selected to represent all continents • Research as presented on the web sites of 50 universities around the world. • Publication profiles of 500 selected humanities researchers around the world • Conference topics of international research conferences • Interviews with selected thought leaders; questionnaires to editors of highly ranked scientific journals in the Humanities and directors of humanities research institutes around the world • Supplementary information may be gathered by drawing on UNESCO’s experience with reports on the status of the social sciences

    7. Thematic focus points • Digital technologies • Converging humanities • Translational research practices • Humanities Research Institutes • Academic freedom and the role of the individual scholar • Research impact and metrics

    8. The report to be published in the autumn of 2013 • Work will begin in 2011 and last two years. An initial data gathering exercise and the writing of the draft report will be completed within the first 12 months. The draft report will be the focus of a series of intensive consultations in the following 6 months. The final report work will take up another 6 months

    9. Staff • 2 postdocs, 1 rapporteur, ½ secretarial assistant • Funding • Initial funding (€220,000) • SvenskaRiksbankensJubileumsfond • SverigesVetenskapsakademi • Total cost estimated €500,000