POSTPONED Are Social Sciences Special? Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

17 September 2020 - 18 September 2020

Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

This conference is a joint venture between the 'Expertise Under Pressure' project and the 'Philosophy of Science and Epistemology' group at the University of Vienna. It is organised jointly by Martin Kusch (Vienna), Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge) and Federico Brandmayr (Cambridge). The conference will explore the history of 'exceptionalism' (the idea that the social sciences operate by fundamentally different rules to the natural sciences), its contemporary status, and its role in today's social sciences.

Conference Speakers

Gabriel Abend (University of Lucerne)
Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge)
Jason Blakely (Pepperdine)
Matei Candea (University of Cambridge)
Wolf Feuerhahn (The CNRS)
Emily Hauptmann ( Western Michigan University)
Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Inkerik Koskinen (University of Helsinki)
Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)
Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge)
Thomas Uebel (University of Manchester)

Call for abstracts

One or two spaces on the programme are reserved for early career scholars (students, postdocs, or colleagues who completed their PhD under seven years ago). Those interested are invited to email an abstract of up to 1000 words to Anna Alexandrova ( by 1st May 2020, for consideration. After the conference presenters will submit chapters to an edited volume, ‘Are the Social Sciences Special?’, based on the conference.