The social sciences have become increasingly ‘Europeanized’ over the last approx. thirty years. Social scientists have established professional associations, launched new journals, and a growing number attend professional meetings at the European level. However, we still know little about how this changes European social science knowledge production. Thus, the key objective of the project is to explain the mutual constitutions of knowledge orders and social orders at the European level.
The project develops a field-analytical approach in order to analyse the emergence and structure of a European field of social science and the relations between European social science knowledge production and European political institutions. Thus, the project analyses social science research projects funded through European institutions and European research politics in order to explain both contemporary structures and historical changes in European social science knowledge production.