Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual meeting
Denver, Colorado, 11-14 November 2015
Call For Papers: 4S 2015 session proposal “How can Triple Helix contribute to solving the global crisis? (economic growth, environmental sustainability, social inequality)”
Henry Etzkowitz, President Triple Helix Association
Mariza Almeida, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vice-President Triple Helix Association
Writing in Nazi Germany, in response to the contradiction between scientific enlightenment and the moral degradation of the regime he was living under, Edmund Husserl published Crisis of the European Sciences in 1938. The word “crisis” has been appearing in different contexts in recent years: since 2008 in the persisting global economic crisis; even now with regard to the environment, when we mention global warming, CO2 emissions; it is also frequently invoked in its social aspects when we remember inequality and poverty. Their impacts, characteristics, consequences and intensity, often disregarding national boundaries, are different in various regions of the world and yet they share a transcendent commonality.
The objective of this session is to present new work to analyze, in broad perspective, how the interaction between the Triple Helix of university-industry-government could contribute to create new insights to facilitate an exploration at the intersection of the three crises that may produce ideas for their amelioration, if not solution. The contradiction of our era is between austerity and innovation: the resulting societal stasis, if not resolved, may result in descent into a darker predicament. On the other hand, the search for a solution that applies social scientific enlightenment, innovation and entrepreneurship, to the three crises simultaneously may produce a Renascence whose signs are already visible.
Please send abstracts of 250 words/questions to *email address protected* by 27th March 2015.