The RG was concerned with the question of why we need the social sciences and what contribution they can make in modern societies. Although the social sciences have grown a lot over the last decades, and although they are better organised and their theories and concepts take on an important role in public debates, their role is being criticised and questioned. Two aspects are brought up regularly: an alleged over-specializing as well as the question of scientificity and the general use of the social sciences.
Documentation of Events
In 2011, the RG organised an international conference together with cooperation partners.