This Winners Session features the Top 10 breakthroughs in the Social Sciences and Humanities category. Learn about societal philosophy and other philosophical approaches to understand our current society: from living in a society of singularities to providing a new ethical and philosophical framework for the 21st century, from a cultural bridge between Islam and the West to asking whether a world without ‘us’ and ‘them’ is possible. This session invites us to rethink modern institutions by thinking about international laws in new ways to improve global cooperation and by building institutional networks that recognise humans as social beings who care about (distant) others. Focused analysis also reveals that Brazil’s authoritarian regime bans facial recognition technologies in cities, helps reduce COVID-19-related violence, and prevents rare minority languages from extinction. Jury Chair Shalini Randeria points out that it is “remarkable that each one boldly crosses disciplinary boundaries – many crossing the bridges between academic knowledge production, the policy world, and the wider public.“
We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Social Sciences and Humanities:
ANNE VAN AAKEN – UNIVERSITÄT HAMBURG
Breaking The Wall to International Cooperation
Anne van Aaken looks at new ways of thinking about international law to improve global cooperation.
AMOS BERTOLACCI – IMT SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES LUCCA
Breaking The Wall Of Religious Diversity Through Philosophy
Amos Bertolacci’s research discloses the existence of a fundamental cultural bridge between Islam and the West.
LUCIE CLUVER – UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Breaking The Wall of COVID-related Violence
Lucie Cluver helps to relieve stress in families globally and prevent child abuse, and directly address the social consequences of COVID-19 lockdowns and financial crisis.
KADE CROCKFORD – ACLU OF MASSACHUSETTS
Breaking the Wall of Face Surveillance
Kade Crockford succeeds in banning facial recognition tech in cities.
LUCIANO FLORIDI – OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Breaking The Wall Between Online and Offline
Luciano Floridi’s project on the foundation of the philosophy of information seeks to provide a new ethical and philosophical framework for the 21st century.
WILL KYMLICKA – QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
Breaking the Wall of Us and Them
Will Kymlicka draws on normative philosophy and empirical social science to investigate whether a world without “us” and “them” possible.
MARGARET LEVI – STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDY IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (CASBS)
Breaking The Wall To An Expanded Community Of Fate
Margaret Levi provides a framework to understand how institutions help individuals recognize how their destinies are entwined with strangers who can’t reciprocate.
JUSTYNA OLKO – UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW, CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN CULTURAL CONTINUITY
Breaking The Walls Between Academy and Local Communities in favour of Linguistic Diversity
Justyna Olko employs multidisciplinary approaches to promote language revitalisation and ethnic minority empowerment.
LILIA MORITZ SCHWARCZ – UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO
Breaking The Wall of Authoritarianism in Brazil
Lilia Moritz Schwarcz offers an analysis of Brazil’s authoritarian regime.
ANDREAS RECKWITZ – HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN
Breaking The Wall of Singularities
Andreas Reckwitz derives a post-modern society of singularities which is based on social criteria of uniqueness, ultimately producing winners and losers.