6 September 2013

The mapping of the humanities moves to University of Copenhagen


Professor Frederik Stjernfelt, who is project manager of the research project 'Humanomics - mapping the dynamics of the humanities' at Aarhus University, will from 1 January 2014 be employed at University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Humanities.

Frederik Stjernfelt
Photo: Susanne Mertz

Research director and Professor Frederik Stjernfelt and associate project manager David Budtz Pedersen will from 1 January 2014 be employed at University of Copenhagen. Both researchers will thus return to their old departments:  Frederik Stjernfelt will be employed as Professor of Semiotics, History of Ideas, and Theory of Science at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, while David Budtz Pedersen will continue his work as associate project manager of Humanomics and his research in political epistemology at Department of Media, Cognition and Communication's Philosophy Section.

In 2011 Professor Frederik Stjernfelt received a large grant from the VELUX FOUNDATION for the project Humanomics, which is the first Danish research project to combine sociological mapping of humanistic research with systematic theoretical work on the potential of humanistic knowledge. The project monitors, among other things, the interdisciplinary influences between the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

David Budtz Pedersen

Since 2012, Humanomics has collaborated with a group of researchers from University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Roskilde University, and Copenhagen Business School, and the project is about to make a questionnaire survey among Danish researchers from the humanities.

From 1 January 2014, the project will move to University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Humanities with project manager Frederik Stjernfelt and associate project manager David Budtz Pedersen, who will contribute to the development of the faculty's research profile within theory of science, history of ideas, and knowledge policy with a new research initiative, EPICENTER (Centre for Epistemology, Politics and Ideas.

- We are looking forward to collaborating with Frederik Stjernfelt and David Budtz Pedersen, who are authorities within their fields. With Humanomics, they have begun a highly interesting project, and they are, together with the affiliated researchers, providing knowledge that all humanistic research institutions will benefit greatly from, says Dean Ulf Hedetoft from University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Humanities.