Influence of competitive research funding
Competitive research funding has become a crucial part of postwar academic science. Although it is a subject that is often discussed, its influence on scientific and scholarly practice has hardly ever been studied systematically. In his current and future research Huistra wants to answer this question – how has competitive research funding influence scientific practice?
In his talk he wants to focus specifically on Dutch historiography. Has competitive research funding – in the Netherlands mostly represented by NWO and its predecessor ZWO – changed the content of historiography? Did Dutch historians change their views about research money, as a danger to integrity for example, or rather as an opportunity? Has political engagement of historians changed through the call for societal relevance and ‘valorizable’ scholarship? Huistra will explore these and other questions in his talk.
Pieter Huistra is assistant professor in Theory of History at Utrecht University. He currently investigates how competitive research funding has become one of the hallmarks of postwar academic science and how that has influenced scientific/scholarly practices. Previously, he worked on Dutch nineteenth-century historiography; his monograph Bouwmeesters, zedenmeesters. Geschiedbeoefening in Nederland, 1830-1870 will be published by Vantilt in May 2018.