conference series

In 1988 Social Research launched its series of conferences at the New School, the proceedings of which are published as special issues of the journal. Each of our conferences examines a central aspect of our lives that has become problematic for significant numbers of people. Rather than simply confronting these difficult issues directly, which is the normal mode of exploration, the conferences in this series aim to enhance public understanding of these critical and contested issues by examining them in a broad intellectual and historical context.

 

To this end, the speakers at Social Research conferences come from a wide range of disciplines with many different perspectives and kinds of expertise: scientists, political scientists, and art historians routinely participate alongside legal theorists, policymakers and journalists, each bringing relevant scholarship to bear on the contemporary discussions. We believe that this approach is a far more effective way to illuminate the issues and influence the current public debate.

May 13, 2019

Arien Mack, Journal Editor

Ebby Abramson

Dolunay Bulut

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

Part 1: Humanities

James E. Miller

Introduction: How do we Know What Cannot Be Known?

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein,On Philosophy 

When Feeling Out of Sight: Philosophy's Affinity for the Unknowable

Though all fields of inquiry have to struggle with their own unwelcome truths regarding unknowability, philosophy’s relationship with unknowability is sp...

May 13, 2019

Arien Mack, Journal Editor

Ebby Abramson

Dolunay Bulut

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

Arien Mack

Introduction

This issue acknowledges and celebrates The New School’s centennial by exploring loyalty and betrayal in some of their many guises as a way of grasping their importance in the political and cultural history and life of the US and other countries. The New School was established by a group of prominent intellectuals, among t...

November 12, 2018

Arien Mack, Journal Editor  

Ebby Abramson

Dolunay Bulut

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

Arien Mack

Introduction

Cons and con men have long been present in American culture and are represented as romantic figures. Cons abound—from Bernie Madoff's billion-dollar Ponzi scheme to street-corner crooks and their games of three-card monte; from art forgeries to fraudulent scientific articles; from predatory universities and pseudoa...

October 1, 2017

Kenneth Prewitt, Guest Coeditor

Arien Mack, Journal Editor

Table of Contents

Ebby Abramson

Dolunay Bulut

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

Arien Mack

Introduction

This is the fourth issue of Social Research since 2009 that is concerned with changes occurring in universities both in the United States and elsewhere. It may seem a disproportionate number given the many
other subjects we might have considered, but we do not think so, given ou...

May 24, 2017

 Miriam Ticktin, Guest Coeditor

 Arien Mack, Journal Editor 

Table of Contents 

Ebby Abramson

Endangered Scholars Worldwide 

The information in this quarterly print report is current as of April 10, 2017.

INTRODUCTION


Miriam Ticktin

Invasive Others: Toward a Contaminated World

This issue of Social Research, based on a conference held April 20–21, 2016 at The New

School, is grounded on the premise that while seemingly of differen...

March 6, 2017

Arien Mack, Editor 

Table of Contents 

Ebby Abramson

Endangered Scholars Worldwide 

The information in this quarterly print report is current as of January 11, 2017.

Arien Mack

Invisibility or Blindness? On Attention, the Unseen, and the Seen

Both not seeing what is perfectly visible and seeing something other than what is there are surprisingly common occurrences in our normal perceptual lives. One is a case of phenomenal invisibil...

May 1, 2016

Arien Mack, Editor 

Freedom of expression remains under threat in both totalitarian and democratic states. Artists continue to be imprisoned and exiled, and art banned and destroyed. All of this gives evidence of the power of images to unsettle, to speak truth to power, to question our cherished cultural norms and what we hold sacred. 

Table of Contents

Ebby Abramson

Endangered Scholars Worldwide 

The quarterly Endangered...

December 31, 2015

Arien Mack, Editor 

This issue explores the use of economic power as a political weapon to effect political or policy changes, primarily but not only when the actors are states. More than ever, sanctions are being used as a major weapon in the arsenal available to nations and international bodies to force political change. 

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Table of Contents

Ebby Sharifi

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

The...

October 1, 2015

Arien Mack, Editor 

There is no issue more urgent than climate change, yet government, corporations and the public are reluctant to change. This issue examines the psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures that impede change as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience in the face of climate change.

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Table of Contents

Ebby Sharifi

Endanger...

July 1, 2014

Arien Mack, Editor

This issue is based on conference presentations given at our twenty-ninth Social Research conference which addressed the complex relationships between food, migration, and immigration.

Table of Contents

Ebby Sharifi

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

The information in this report is current, to the best of our knowledge, as of May 24, 2014. Additional information and more recent information about many of these cases,...

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