Academic Wor(l)ds is a research journal of the DISCONEX project, which investigates how researchers do research.
DISCONEX contributes to the emerging field of Social Sciences and Humanities Studies (SSHS) as well as to the transdisciplinary field of Discourse Studies. The project compares academic practices and cultures of SSH research in France, Germany, the UK and the US, particularly in two fields with distinct knowledge traditions and institutional cultures: linguistics and sociology. We analyse the discursive practices taking place in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
SSH research is understood as a discursive practice – we think that language is used by researchers to convey certain concepts and ideas and also to negotiate social positions in scientific communities and academic institutions. Some of the questions we aim to answer are: How do researchers establish their position(s) in relation to others through discursive practices (such as citing, self presentation on websites, CVs)? How do academics evaluate and how are they evaluated? How are the fields of research categorised in different disciplines (eg. Sociology and Linguistics) and different national contexts? How are transdisciplinary fields understood and classified in different national contexts?
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