Introduction: Shaping Disciplines—Recent Institutional Developments in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe and Beyond

  • Christian FleckEmail author
  • Matthias Duller
  • Victor Karády
Part of the Socio-Historical Studies of the Social and Human Sciences book series (SHSSHS)


An outline of the approach of the four years-collaborative research project International Cooperation in the Social Sciences and Humanities (INTERCO-SSH) from which the book has emanated. The focus is on the changing institutional infrastructures of the social and human sciences since 1945 in eight countries of Europe and beyond. While arguing that the organizational structures of scholarly disciplines allow a more rewarding analysis than studying ideas directly, the heuristically most productive implication of the institutional perspective appears to be its openness to international and interdisciplinary comparisons. After establishing in some detail the semantic scope of the key concepts ‘discipline’ and ‘institutionalization’, the authors present the research design and selected data upon which the following chapters rest.


Social and human sciences Institutionalization Scientific disciplines Sociology of science History of science Comparative historical analysis Historical sociology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Fleck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthias Duller
    • 1
  • Victor Karády
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary

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