About us

Organisation

The World Social Sciences and Humanities Network (World SSH Net) is an international and interdisciplinary bottom up organisation of academics, focusing on the challenges the social and human sciences are facing in the contemporary internationalisation of social thought.

According to its constitution the World SSH Net aims at collaborative scientific thinking and discourses beyond nationally confined societies and beyond disciplinary boundaries about the challenges of globalising social sciences and humanities. The World SSH Net therefore promotes:

· Non-national research and publications about the epistemological, cultural, organizational, institutional, and educational challenges of a multi-polar science world;

· Non-hegemonic international discourses inviting academics from all global regions to hold dialogues that may promote a true debate among multiple concepts and cultures of social thought and academic work;

·   The education of young academics preparing for international collaboration with multiple concepts of science and a diversity of academic cultures.

The World SSH Net is a registered organisation under the German law. It has the legal status of a “Verein e.V.” and a charity organisation.

The World SSH Net was founded on its founding meeting on the 29th October 2010 in Buenos Aires in the Latin America School of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

 Founding members:

Dr. Michael Kuhn, Universität Bremen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Doris Weidemann, Universität Zwickau, Germany

Prof. Dra. Hebe Vessuri, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela

Prof. Rigas Arvanitis, Institut de Recherche pour le Developement (IRD), Paris, France

Prof. Han San Jin, National University (SNU), Seoul, Korea

Prof. Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon,

MRes Kazumi Okamoto, KNOWWHY GLOBAL RESEARCH, Kyoto, Japan

Prof. Larissa Titarenko, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus

Prof. Yekti Manauti, Research Center for Regional Studies, The Indonesian Institut for Sciences, Jararta, Indonesia

Prof. Dr. phil. I Ketut Ardhana, Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia



Mission

International scientific collaborations in the era of globalization face the paradox of a growing need for globally shared knowledge and at the same time of exclusive knowledge concepts and discourse structures that make many forms of conceptualization and theorizing as well as social knowledge practices invisible.

The era of globalization has not only increased the demand for shared and inclusive knowledge, but         it has also led to a commercialization and privatization of knowledge.
Globalization necessitates internationalized knowledge; nevertheless, this knowledge is created through ethnocentric analytical frameworks within nationally confined societies.
Globalizing societies necessitate the understanding of the peculiar social and cultural prerequisites of social thought in all societies allowing for a diversity of interpretations of the global; nevertheless, globalized social science presupposes that social thought is unaffected by social, political and cultural contexts.
Global phenomena necessitate the reflexive complementation of multiple interpretations of the social while they have been historically constituted on the reflexive hegemony of Western world views.
 Reflections about the globalizing social require a global dialogue among all social scientists from which, however, the majority is rendered invisible.

The “World Social Sciences and Humanities Network” aims at scientific thinking beyond the theoretical frameworks of confined societies and at networking scholars beyond their disciplinary boundaries for bottom up constructed international discourses about the challenges of world social sciences and humanities and therefore promotes:

Non-ethnocentric/national research and publications about the epistemological, cultural, organizational, institutional, and educational challenges of a multipolar research world;
Non-hegemonic international discourses inviting academics from all global regions to hold dialogues that may promote a true debate among multiple concepts and cultures of social thought and academic work;
Dialogue and cooperation between scholars from the social  sciences and the humanities - beyond the boundaries of disciplines
The education of young academics preparing for international collaboration with multiple concepts of science and a diversity of academic cultures.


Executive Board Members
President:                Dr. Michael Kuhn, (Knowwhy Global Research) 

                                  mkuhn[at]worldsshnet.org  



Vice President:         Prof. Dra. Hebe Vessuri, (UNAM, Mexico)

                                   hvessuri[at]gmail.com 


Vice President:         Prof. Dr. Nestor Castro (University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines)
                                   dr.nestor.castro[at]gmail.com 

Treasurer:                Prof. Dr. Shujiro Yazawa, (Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan) 
                                   syazawa[at]seijo.ac.jp

Secretary General:   MRes Kazumi Okamoto, (World SSH Net) 
                                    okamoto[at]worldsshnet.org