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Humanist Archives: Sept. 23, 2021, 6:24 a.m. Humanist 35.258 - when science fails to correct itself

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 258.
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        Date: 2021-09-22 20:49:00+00:00
        From: Costas Papadopoulos <>
        Subject: 4-year postdoc, Digital Humanities, Maastricht University

NanoBubbles ERC Synergy grant 4-year postdoc position at Maastricht

The NanoBubbles ERC Synergy project aims to understand how, why, and when
science fails to correct itself. The picture of science that many scientists
and members of the public hold is that science is self-correcting;
scientists are human and may make errors, but these will be cleared up in
time. In practice, though, scientists who attempt to correct dubious claims
often experience resistance and threats to their careers; while claims that
have been disproven often continue to circulate for years or even decades.

There is an established literature in scientometrics/library
science/computer science dedicated to quantitative and sometimes automated
tracing of linkages between different texts (journal articles, patents) and
people, e.g., through citation analysis. Conversely, there are
well-established qualitative techniques in sociology, anthropology, history,
philosophy, STS, and other fields for tracing the movement of claims. The
Maastricht University contribution to the overall NanoBubbles project will
be to catalyze integration of these approaches. This four-year postdoctoral
position is for a researcher with digital humanities experience who is
interested in working with historians and STS scholars (as well as computer
scientists and library scientists) to find ways to scale up ethnography and
archival research and then to invent entirely new questions that can only be
answered (or even asked) by combining digital humanities techniques with
these qualitative methods.

More information on NanoBubbles is available at
and information on the postdoctoral position can be found at

For any inquiries contact Prof. dr. Cyrus Mody: 


Konstantinos Papadopoulos BA, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities & Culture Studies
Department of Literature & Art
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS)
Maastricht University

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Twitter:  @Papadopoulos_C

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