You can find the programme as a PDF here.

Thursday 19th January

08:30-09:00     Registration

09:00-09:30     Opening words: Dr. Guilherme de Oliveira Martins (FCG), Olivia Bina and  Marta Varanda (ULisboa, INTREPID), Uskali Mäki (TINT)

9:30-10:30       Immanuel Wallerstein: Forty Years Later: Are the Social Sciences More Open?

10:30-10:45     Coffee & Tea


Auditorium 3

Session 1. The Gulbenkian Report, Disciplinary Boundaries and the Social Sciences

Christian Dayé and Christian Fleck: After the Death of Progress: What drives the Social Sciences?

Gianluca Pozzoni: Beyond scientific parochialism: A post-positivist approach to the disciplinary divide

David Byrne: Open the Social Sciences – the Applied fields of social science

Sala 2

Session 2. Interdisciplinary Research – Cultural Paradigms of Interdisciplinarity

Maria Jose Haro Sly, Julien Demelenne and Eric Mielants: Latin-American “Buen Vivir/Good Living” contributions to opening the Social Sciences. Comments on the longue duree rigidity of social science disciplines.

Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu: Opening the Social Sciences to Problem-Solving Mode: The Challenge of Being Critical and Pragmatic

Manuela Guilherme: Research on research in Brazil: Interdisciplinary and intercultural inputs for meta-reflection on inter- and intra-national research group collaborations

Sala 1

Special Session on SSH and ID in EU Research: Session 1 – Invited speakers to discuss the status and challenges of SSH and interdisciplinarity in EU Funding
Keynotes by Peter Fisch (, Angela Liberatore (ERC, EC) and Rosario Macario (IST, ULisboa)

12:15-13:15     Lunch


Auditorium 3

Session 3. Deflating Disciplinary Boundaries

Martina Merz and Sabine Maasen: The Dynamics of Transversal Research Fields: Applying STS to STS

Chris Bissel: Convergence of the history and sociology of technology from the mid-1980s

Mathias Siems: Mapping Legal Research: An Example of a Discipline between Social Sciences, Humanities and Practice

Sala 2

Session 4. The Social Sciences and their Epistemological and Ontological Shifts

Jorge Correia Jesuino: Mediations

Klaus Gärtner: Cognitive Sciences and Their Epistemological and Ontological Shifts

Diogo Silva da Cunha: Communication Models, Communication Paradigms and Disciplinary Dialogue

Olga Pombo: Observations on Past, Present and Future Main Determinations of ID

Sala 1

Special Session on SSH and ID in EU Research: Session 2 – Presentation and debate of LERU report on ID and DG R&I report on SSH in H2020
Keynotes by Katrien Maes (LERU) and Philippe Keraudren (DG R&I)
Discussant: Doris Alexander, Research Development Office, Trinity College Dublin

14:45-15:00     Tea & Coffee


Auditorium 3

Session 5. Disciplines and Interdisciplinarity

Tomi Kokkonen and Magdalena Malecka: The distinction between epistemic and institutional notions of discipline and why it matters

Uskali Mäki: Opening outwards: Interdisciplinarity as intellectual imperialism

Mikko Salmela and Uskali Mäki: Emotional tensions in interdisciplinary interaction

Sala 2

Session 6. ID Research and Civil Society

Ursula Caser, Lia Vasconcelos and Filipa Ferro: Panta Rhei – The Procedural Demand for an Iterative Design of Multi-Actor Engagement Processes

Ana M. Vara: Theoretical imagination and social protest—or how to make social theory out of a collective action framework: a view from Latin America

Federico Brandmayr: The social consequences of explaining human behaviour: strains between the institutions of causal connection and responsible action in contemporary France

Sala 1

Special Session on SSH and ID in EU Research: Session 3 – Three break-out groups from the session’s participants will identify questions and recommendations for the future treatment of SSH and interdisciplinarity in EU programming

16:30-17:00     Tea & Coffee 

17:00-18:00     Björn Wittrock: Social Sciences In Their Contexts: Five Transformative Periods

19:00               Conference Dinner

Friday 20th January

09:00-10:00     Felicity Callard: The Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities: Shifting Plate Tectonics

10:00-10:15     Coffee & Tea


Auditorium 3

Session 7. Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Miles MacLeod and Michiru Nagatsu: When might ID collaboration work in the Environmental Sciences: Models from Philosophy of Science

Alkistis Elliott-Graves: Walking the line: when disciplinary boundaries are good for interdisciplinarity

Henrik Thorén and Johannes Persson: Social Sciences for Sustainability? Bridges and Boundaries

Sala 2

Session 8. Governing Interdisciplinarity

Violeta Argudo Portal: Scaling up research infrastructures: bioinformatics and social sciences

Maureen Burgess: Fulfilling the promise of IDR-Overcoming the barriers

Roderick Lawrence: Interdisciplinary Futures: Beyond Claims, Conjectures and Contradictions 

11:45-12:00     Coffee & Tea


Auditorium 3

Session 9. Interdisciplinary Methods and Explanation

Virginia Ghiara: Big data for mechanistic explanations

Menno Rol: How to build a scientific memory in social policy

Emile Gayoso: The naturalization of social sciences: a case study on semantic social networks analysis

Sala 2

Session 10. Interdisciplinary Research Policies

Catherine Lyall: Policy responses to Open the Social Sciences? Mixed messages for the academic community

Bianca Vienni Baptista: Cultural configurations and institutional conditions of inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge production at universities

Barbara Hoenig: European research funding, frontier research, and unintended consequences of interdisciplinarity in the social sciences

13:30-14:30 Lunch


Auditorium 3

Session 11. Using Data in ID Research

Chiara Carrozza: Re-conceptualizing social research in the ‘digital era’. Issues of scholarships, methods and epistemologies

Patricia Ferreira Lopes and Francisco Pinto Puerto: The interdisciplinary study of Late Gothic heritage through the application of data technologies.

Tanya Araújo and Elsa Fontainha: The specific shapes of gender imbalance in scientific authorships: a network approach

Sala 1

Special Session: SSH and interdisciplinarity in Portuguese Research: Panel

José Luís Cardoso (ICS – ULisboa)

Clara Saraiva (Centro de Estudos comparatistas – ULisboa) 

Helena Sousa (ICS – U Minho)

Maria Paula Meneses (CES U Coimbra)

Rui Santos (FCSH- UNL)

16:00-16:30     Tea & Coffee

16:30-17:30     Stephen Turner: Digitalization and Disciplinarity: What Does “Open Science” Mean for Social Science?

17:30-18:00     CLOSING PANEL: Immanuel Wallerstein, Björn Wittrock, Felicity Callard, Stephen Turner

Organised by INTREPID and TINT with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Conference Organizers: Uskali Mäki, Olivia Bina, Marta Varanda



Session 1 – Invited speakers to discuss the status and challenges of SSH and interdisciplinarity in EU Funding:

Keynote Peter Fisch (of

Keynote Angela Liberatore (ERC, EC)

Keynote Rosario Macario (IST, ULisboa)

Session 2 – Presentation and debate of LERU report on ID and DG R&I report on SSH in H2020: 

Keynote presentation by Katrien Maes (LERU) 

Keynote presentation by Philippe Keraudren (DG R&I) 

Discussant: Doris Alexander, Research Development Office, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Session 3 – Three break out groups from the session’s participants will identify questions and recommendations for the future treatment of SSH and interdisciplinarity in EU programming.