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.

Social Theory

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (JTSB) intend to award a prize of CHF 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 Independent Social Research Foundation or the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 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 articles accepted for publication in the period 1st April 2014 to 15th September 2016. After 15th September 2016 authors will have to choose, at submission, to be considered for the prize. The deadline is 31st March 2017. Articles can have an essay format, but, they must also meet the manuscript guidelines for JTSB.

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.

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 July 2017, 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.

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 2017

Queries:
essayprize2017@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.

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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.

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.

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Autonomy & Organisation

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and Organization Studies (OS) intend to award a prize of CHF 7,000 for the best essay on the topic ‘Autonomy and Organisation’. 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 Independent Social Research Foundation or Organization Studies with a query.

This competition is now closed.

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 OS. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and may articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of organisation studies. 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.

OS publishes peer-reviewed, top quality theoretical and empirical research with the aim of promoting the understanding of organizations, organizing and the organized in and between societies. OS is a multidisciplinary journal with global reach, rooted in the social sciences, inspired by diversity, comparative in outlook and open to paradigmatic plurality. More detail about the Journal can be found on the Journal’s website.

The ISRF and OS invite submissions from scholars across the social science disciplines, philosophy, and the humanities, whose work normally lies either within or outside of the field of organisation studies.

The submitted essays will be judged and the winning essay will be chosen by an 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 July 2016 and will then be announced by posting on the websites of the ISRF and of OS. The ISRF and OS 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 will be accepted for publication in the Journal; the author may be asked to make some corrections before publication. Other applicants may receive encouragement to revise and then resubmit their essays to OS.

This competition is now closed.
The details and criteria are as follows:

Essay topic: Autonomy and Organisation (This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.)

Essay length: Approximately 7, 500 words.

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

Language: English

Submission deadline: 31 March 2016

Queries:
essayprize2016@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.

This competition is now closed.

Influence & Power

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and Big Data & Society (BD&S) intend to award a prize of CHF 1,000 for the best essay on the topic ‘Influence and Power’. This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field. The winner will also be invited to present the work during a special event at Social Media & Society 2016 and will have the conference fee waived and travel costs covered.

Please read these details carefully before submitting your essay for consideration or contacting the Independent Social Research Foundation or Big Data & Society with a query.

This competition is closed.

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 BD&S. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and may articulate a strong internal critique across the field of social science in relation to the digital. 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.

Big Data & Society publishes interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies. The Journal’s key purpose is to provide a space for connecting debates about the emerging field of Big Data practices and how they are reconfiguring academic, social, industry, business and government relations, expertise, methods, concepts and knowledge.

The ISRF and BD&S invite submissions from scholars across the social science disciplines, philosophy, and the humanities, whose work has implications for the competition’s theme and falls within the remit of BD&S’s goals. For the purposes of the competition, participants should either be current doctoral students or within three years of being awarded their doctorate.

The submitted essays will be judged and the winning essay will be chosen by an 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 April 2016 and will then be announced by posting on the websites of the ISRF and of BD&S. The ISRF and BD&S 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 will be accepted for publication in the Journal; the author may be asked to make some revisions before publication. Other applicants may have their submissions accepted for publication in the Early Career Researcher forum of BD&S subject to the Journal’s peer review and decision-making process.

The details and criteria are as follows:

Essay topic: Influence and Power (This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.)

Eligibility: Participants should either be current doctoral students or within three years of being awarded their doctorate.

Essay length: 5,000 to 7,000 words

Essay format: Follow the BD&S Author Guidelines, available on the BD&S website.

Language: English

Submission deadline: 31 January 2016

Queries:
essayprize2016@isrf.org

Submissions should be made online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bdas and authors should indicate that their submission is for the special theme, ‘ISRF Essay Prize.’

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, to be published online in the Organization Studies OnlineFirst listing in January 2017.

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, to be published online in the Cambridge Journal of Economics’ advance access listing in Autumn 2015.

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.