ISRF ESSAY COMPETITIONS

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

What is the place of Digital Information Technology in the Economy?

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE) intend to award a prize of €7,000 for the best essay on the topic ‘What is the place of Digital Information Technology in the Economy?’ This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.

Please read these details carefully before submitting your essay for consideration or contacting the ISRF or the CJE with a query.

The impact of digital information technologies throughout society, and in particular the economy, is one of the most critical issues of our time. They are rapidly transforming practices of capitalist production and provision of services everywhere. But the impact is uneven and uncertain. Jobs are being lost while profits for many are increasing. And while technology advances rapidly, with anticipated exponential changes in areas like artificial intelligence and robotics especially, existing organisations are often able to adjust only slowly, whilst the acquisition of relevant skills can take time. What are the dominant trends? What really is going on?  Some say that ongoing developments herald a workless society. Others maintain that they undermine markets and herald the end of capitalism. Are these mere speculations? What can we discern from informed investigation and analysis? Essays are welcome that address these or a related theme.

The essays will be judged on their originality and independence of thought, scholarly quality, their potential to challenge received ideas, and the success with which they match the criteria of the ISRF and the CJE. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and/or articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of economic research. Its challenge to received ideas will have the potential to provoke a re-thinking of the topic.

The ISRF is interested in original research ideas that take new approaches and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. The full statement of the ISRF’s criteria and goals may be viewed here.

The CJE provides a forum for theoretical, applied, interdisciplinary, history of thought and methodological work, with strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence, and the construction of policy. More detail about the Journal can be found on the Journal’s website.

The submitted essays will be judged by an academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee) and the winner will be decided by unanimous vote. The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email by the end of July 2018 and will then be announced by posting on the websites of  the ISRF and of the CJE. The ISRF and the CJE reserve the right not to award the prize, and no award will be made if the submitted essays are of insufficient merit.

The winning essay, and any close runners-up, will be accepted for publication in the Journal; authors may be asked to make some corrections before publication. Other applicants may receive encouragement to revise and then re-submit their essays to the CJE.

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The details and criteria are as follows:

Essay topic: ‘What is the place of Digital Information Technology in the Economy?’

Essay length: Approximately 7, 500 words.

Essay format: Follow the CJE Author Guidelines, available on the CJE website.

Language: English

Submission deadline: 28 February 2018

Queries:
essayprize2018@isrf.org

Authors must indicate in an accompanying letter to the Editors that they wish their essay to be considered for the prize when submitting.

Social Theory

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (JTSB) intend to award a prize of EUR 7,000 for the best essay on a topic within the area of social behaviour and its investigation.

Please read these details carefully before submitting your essay for consideration or contacting the ISRF or the CJE with a query.

Authors are free to choose the topic they wish to write on, and their title. The winning essay will be selected from the following: ALL articles accepted for publication in the JTSB since 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017); from 5 September 2017, those articles accepted for publication by the JTSB where the author chooses, at submission, the option additionally to be considered for the Prize (this allows but does not require articles to have an essay-type style and format); and the field of essays submitted following the advertised Call in March 2019.

The essay will be judged on its originality and independence of thought, its scholarly quality, its potential to challenge received ideas, and the success with which it matches the criteria of the ISRF and the JTSB. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of social science research. Its challenge to received ideas will have the potential to provoke a re-thinking of the topic. Reflective theory articles are encouraged.

The ISRF is interested in original research ideas that take new approaches and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. The full statement of the ISRF’s criteria and goals may be viewed here.

The JTSB aims to advance understandings of social behaviour, that is, people acting in relation to, or being constituted through, the social world of other people, institutions, and material and symbolic culture. More detail about the Journal and recent debates can be found on the Journal’s website.

Essays selected for the shortlist by the Editors and the ISRF will be judged by a joint ISRF-JTSB academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee). The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email during the summer of 2020, and will then be announced by posting on the websites of the ISRF and of the JTSB. The ISRF and the JTSB reserve the right not to award the Prize if there is no essay judged to be of sufficient merit.

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The details and criteria are as follows:

Essay topic: Authors are free to choose both their topic and title.

Essay length: 10,000 words, all inclusive.

Essay format: Follow the JTSB  Author Guidelines, available on the JTSB website.

Language: English

Submission deadline: 31 March 2020

Queries:
essayprize2020@isrf.org

Authors must indicate in an accompanying letter to the Editors that they wish their essay to be considered for the prize when submitting.

2017: SOCIAL THEORY

The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour awarded the 2017 ISRF Essay Prize in Social Theory to Dr Dominic Holland (Nottingham Trent University) for his essay The Nature of the Political Reconsidered.

2016: AUTONOMY & ORGANISATION

The Independent Social Research Foundation and Organization Studies awarded the 2016 ISRF Essay Prize in Organisation Studies to Simon Stevens (Loughborough University) for his essay Life and Letting Die: A story of the homeless, autonomy, and anti-social behaviour.

2015: WHAT IS THE PLACE OF CARE IN THE ECONOMY?

The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Cambridge Journal of Economics awarded the 2015 ISRF Essay Prize in Economics to Professor Julie A. Nelson (University of Massachusetts, Boston) for her essay Husbandry: A (Feminist) Reclamation of Masculine Responsibility for Care.

2014: THE RESEARCH INVESTIGATOR AS INSTRUMENT ACROSS THE HUMAN SCIENCES

The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour awarded the 2014 ISRF Essay Prize in Social Theory to Professor Kenneth J Gergen (Swarthmore College) for his essay From Mirroring to World-Making: Research as Future Forming.