Upcoming events

December 21, 16-18 (4-6 PM)
Auditorium 1.008, next to reception – main building

Flemming Rose:
Investigating Freedom of Speech -
Journalism, Think Tanks, Research

Rose published The Tyranny of Silence in 2014 and has most recently published De besatte (“The Obsessed”).

He was for many years editor at Jyllands-Posten and is now an adjunct scholar at the American think tank Cato Institute.

During the discussion of Rose’s presentation, Humanomics Research Center will be the host to a Christmas beer.

Location: Auditoriet, AAU, A.C.Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København SV

Registration to Bjarke Madsbøll on bjarke@hum.aau.dk before December 20, 4 PM.

Please do not bring blades or larger bags to the event!

Humanomics Open Research Seminars

New trends in the humanities

Where are the humanities heading? This is the question which the Humanomics Research Centre seeks to answer through this autumn semester’s course of lectures.

In 2012, the Humanomics Research Centre was established with the aim to map the content and context of the humanities. Directors of the Humanomics Research Centre Frederik Stjernfelt and David Budtz Pedersen wanted to make this knowledge widely available and debatable to all humanities scholars. Therefore, the Humanomics Open Research Seminars were established as a venue for scholarly presentations and discussions.

autumn 2016

Seminars are held at ACM15 3.084A
ime: 4:15 - 6:15 pm (16:15 - 18:15)

Wed, Sept 21

Aaron Stutz (Emory University)

Anthropology, Biosemiotics and Dicisigns: Untangling and Mapping the Cultural Webs of Meaning


In this presentation I highlight the far-reaching impact that a biosemiotic perspective can have on anthropological inquiry, whether the focus is on human biology or cultural practice. Acknowledging the important work of Terrence Deacon and Eduardo Kohn (among others) as pioneering "anthropological biosemioticians," I emphasize that Peirce's work--and Stjernfeldt's important analysis--on dicisigns can powerfully and elegantly clarify how linguistic systems of symbols are thoroughly part of something at once much more basic and intricate.

I suggest that biocultural sign systems depend on and self-organize into dicisign propositions--and their constituent icons and indices--all of which flow across, get translated into, or are situated in, on or around our bodies. As point of departure for discussion, I offer examples from biological anthropology, prehistoric archaeology, and cultural anthropology to explore how the unsaturated nature of icons, indices, and dicisigns may explain the importance of substitutibility, translatability, iterability, and markedness--within language and in human activities and environments more generally.

Wed, Oct 12

Laura Sheble (Duke University)

Misinformation and Mass Audiences


Misinformation – both deliberately disseminated and accidentally shared – is a noteworthy part of the contemporary information environment. While often presented encapsulated in documents and other media, misinformation involves dynamic processes within individuals and across social groups over time.

The possibility that mass audiences would consider false information to be true and act on that false information implies a serious social problem: specifically, a mass communication system wherein technology is designed to reach and connect large, heterogeneous groups of geographically dispersed people but in which it is difficult to identify and protect against repeated and widespread belief in claims that are not true. The talk focuses on cognitive biases that make us susceptible to misinformation as individuals, and the diffusion, use, persistence, and refutation of false information on a mass scale.

This discussion draws on Misinformation and Mass Audiences, a book edited by Brian Southwell, Emily Thorson, and Laura Sheble, and to be published by the University of Texas Press in 2017.

Wed, Oct 26

Anne Fastrup (KU)

Islam as a matter of concern in early modern Europe


“For Europe, Islam was a lasting trauma”, Edward Said wrote in Orientalism (1978) while commenting on the ‘pre-colonial’ orientalism of the 17th century where “the Turkish peril” was thought to lurk alongside Europe to represent for the whole of Christian civilisation a constant danger.

While Said admitted that this peril was not just an expression of early modern xenophobia, he never acknowledged the full implications of Ottoman historical and cultural presence in Europe (and in its Anatolian and Arab territories). To Said, the Islamic Orient only existed/exists as a European discourse that enabled the Europeans to colonize the Middle East and North Africa. In my presentation, I’ll discuss literary representations of the Islamic world from the 16th, 17th and 18th century in the light of the fact that during these centuries the (Muslim) Ottoman Empire was a superpower at its height. I’ll suggest that we look at representations of the Islamic world not as (‘Saidian’) misrepresentations, but as “matters of concern” (Bruno Latour).

Focalising on examples from English, Spanish, and French literature, I also want to show how international politics, foreign policy, and local conceptual prisms or “habitus of locations” (Bordieu, Martyn Lee) determined the ways in which Islam occurred as a matter of concern to readers throughout early modern Europe.

Wed, Nov 16

Jacob Mchangama (Justitia) and Frederik Stjernfelt (AAU)

MEN - ytringsfrihedens historie i Danmark (in Danish)


Danmark har nu diskuteret ytringsfrihed i ti år – og der er ingen udsigt til, at det hører op.

Men strid om ytringsfrihed i Danmark er ingen ny ting. I 1770 var Danmark det første land i verden, der fuldstændig fjernede censuren – før da slog lutherske teologer hårdt ned på afvigende synspunkter. I 1849 indførte Grundloven ytringsfrihed – men ikke med fastere hånd end at blasfemi og utugt, trusler mod national sikkerhed og majestætsfornærmelse, nye medier samt hån, spot og latterliggørelse igen og igen er blevet forfulgt med loven i hånd. Stærke debatter om ytringsfrihed udfoldede sig allerede i 1770-90'erne, i 1830-40'erne, i 1880'erne og i 1930-40'erne.

Denne bog kortlægger den fascinerende historie om ytringsfriheden i Danmark - hvilke personer og positioner, der på forskellige tidspunkter er blevet straffet og marginaliseret ­ hvilke skiftende love der motiverede disse forfølgelser, og hvilke store sager de gav anledning til. Samtidig udgør bogen et argument for, at en mere mangfoldig verden behøver en mere mangfoldig ytringsfrihed.

Wed, Dec 7

Mikkel Thorup (Idehistorie, AU)

Rogue Democracy – democratic practices after parliamentarism


The talk will present and discuss my work-in-progress on the contested development of democracy in an era moving steadily away from parliamentary rule. The talk will concentrate on what happens to democratic practice once its traditional institutional framework withers away, and I will argue that we are presently witnessing some rogue transformations of what democracy is and means, from above in form of a rule of unelected elites, unaccountable powers, surveillance from above etc. as well as from below in the form of populism, conspiracy thinking, post-factual debates, horizontal practices, leaks and hacks in surveillance from below etc. The talk will attempt to situate all these phenomena within one framework of a new democracy in the making

More information

The Open Research Seminars are open to all. No registration is necessary.

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Please direct any questions to davidp@hum.aau.dk

Previous seminars (spring semester 2015) here

Seminar organizer

The Humanomics Research Centre.

Conference team

David Budtz Pedersen and Frederik Stjernfelt.

The Humanomics Research Programme


The aims of the programme are (a) to map the content and context of the humanities over the last fifteen years, and (b) to identify theoretical and methodological resources for developing an empirically-based philosophy of the humanities. By looking at the structure and dynamics of the humanities at universities and other research institutions (e.g., museums, archives, cultural institutions), the programme seeks to provide empirical insight into which humanist theories, methods, concepts, etc. that are operative in today’s science system ...

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7,8 mio. DKK from The Velux Foundations for new research project

Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen and Professor Frederik Stjernfelt from Institute of Communication on Aalborg University in Copenhagen received the VELUX FOUNDATIONS anniversary grant of 7,8 mio. DKK for a new research project, which aims to research the value and impact of the humanities.

Read more in Danish:

New Open Access Paper

New Open Access Paper by Associate Professor David Budtz Pedersen “Integrating social science and humanities in interdisciplinary research” published with Palgrave Communication.

Read the paper here: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/articles/palcomms201636

Research Papers

Humanomics Research Centre associates David Budtz Pedersen, Lasse Johansson and Jonas Grønvad have published two papers (in Danish) on the use of bibliometrics in research evaluation and the need for considering the broader impact of research.

Read the papers here: http://videnskab.dk/kultur-samfund/nye-vaerktoejer-til-at-evaluere-forskere-er-noedvendige

And here: http://videnskab.dk/kultur-samfund/forskningen-skal-have-bredere-gennemslagskraft-i-samfundet

And read the response from Danish Center of Research Analysis (CFA) http://videnskab.dk/kultur-samfund/fordele-og-ulemper-ved-bibliometrien-som-vaerktoej-til-at-evaluere-forskning

Kampen om disciplinerneNy bog

“Kortlægning af dansk humanistisk forskning”

» Find bogen på Hans Reitzels forlag

Denne bog giver et aktuelt overblik over dansk humanistisk forskning og er baseret på en treårig kortlægning af området. Bogen viser, at humaniora i dag er et mangesidet fagfelt, der i meget vidt omfang leverer indsigter og svar på spørgsmål, der rækker ud over "klassisk" humaniora, og som varetager en stadig udvikling af emneområder som sprog og kultur.

Bogen er redigeret af David Budtz Pedersen og Frederik Stjernfelt (AAU) med bidrag af Jonas Grønvad (AAU), Lasse Gøhler Johansson (AAU), Simo Køppe (KU), Andreas Liljenstrøm (KU) og Jutta Maria Vikman (KU) ved det tværfaglige Humanomics Research Centre.

Kampen om disciplinerneNy bog

“En milepæl i dansk videnskabshistorie”

Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning.

Humanomics er stolt af nu at kunne præsentere frugten af de sidste mange års forskning: Bogen Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning er på gaden og har allerede fået en varm velkomst.

Information skriver således i sin anmeldelse:

Kampen om disciplinerne er en milepæl i dansk videnskabshistorie - en uomgængelig videnskabsteoretisk nyklassiker, som forhåbentlig vil rykke ved vores forældede syn på humanioras karakter og kvaliteter, styrke humanioras prestige, mobilisere humanistiske forskere i kampen mod tidens dominerende enøjede økonomiske menneskesyn”

Læs hele anmeldelsen her: http://www.information.dk/540280 og tag et første smugkig i bogen på Hans Reitzels hjemmeside: http://hansreitzel.dk/Humaniora/Kampen-om-disciplinerne/9788741261300

Andenudgaven af “Kampen om disciplinerne” udkommer den 3. maj 2016.

» Bestil den her (link til Hans Reitzels forlag)


david budtz pedersenDavid Budtz Pedersen optaget i Den Danske Nationalkomité for Videnskabshistorie og Videnskabsfilosofi

David Budtz Pedersen er blevet optaget i Den Danske Nationalkomité for Videnskabshistorie og Videnskabsfilosofi under Videnskabernes Selskab. Han er medlem for fire år.

Nationalkomitéen for Videnskabshistorie og Videnskabsfilosofi afholder sin årskonference på Københavns Universitet fredag den 23. oktober 2015. Konferencen er åben for alle interesserede.

New research project


The Humanomics Research Centre is proud to announce that it is part of a new research consortia (2016-2019) funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims to take a major step forward in the analysis and valorisation of the societal impact of humanities and social sciences. By including impact case studies, focus group interviews, survey data and network analysis, ACCOMPLISSH aims to generate new insight into impact-relevant research activities across 12 European countries.


New research project

The End of Science

David Budtz Pedersen has received 500.000 DKK from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science for a research outreach project about science-based policy-making called “The End of Science”. The project starts 1 February 2016 and will gather a number of European and global thought leaders on science-based policy-making in Copenhagen throughout 2016-17.

The project is based on this recent research article in Society (Springer), October 2014, Volume 51, Issue 5, pp 547-551.


Humanomics Research Centre is moving to Aalborg University (Copenhagen Campus) 1 February 2016.

Frederik Stjernfelt and David Budtz Pedersen together with their research team is becoming part of Department of Communication with the special responsibility of continuing the research activies of Humanomics, including the Humanomics Open Research Seminars (see calendar).

For more information: http://www.kommunikation.aau.dk/nyheder/Nyhed/nyt-forskningscenter-saetter-fokus-paa-humanioras-rolle-i-samfundet.cid239926


“Humanities rule”

.. or at least they could, says Mikkel Bruun Zangenberg in his review of our book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning i Politiken.

Read the review here (only in Danish)

Feature article

Bureaucracy threatens Danish research

The universities have become too bureaucratized and the administrative system threatens to destroy the research environment. This is the message from Director of Humanomics Frederik Stjernfelt, Associate Professor Claus Emmeche, and Professor Simo Køppe in a feature article in Berlingske on August 18.

Read the feature article here (only in Danish)


“The sciences interact”

Director of Humanomics Frederik Stjernfelt and Co-Director of Humanomics David Budtz Pedersen have explained and specified some of the research findings in a commentary to the many articles in Politiken about our new book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning. The commentary can be found in the August 22 edition of Politiken.


“What are Artworks?”

Director of Humanomics Frederik Stjernfelt and Associate Professor Peer F. Bundgaard have just published the open access book "Investigations Into the Phenomenology and the Ontology of the Work of Art - What are Artworks and How Do We Experience Them?"
Download it here: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319140896


Real impact is about influence, meaning and value: Mapping contributions for a new impact agenda in the humanities.

David Budtz Pedersen, LSE Impact Blog 27 July 2015:


“Humanities scholars no longer lecture people on the world, but help them understand it”

Co-Director of Humanomics David Budtz Pedersen has given an interview to Berlingske about our new book Kampen om disciplinerne - read it online here: [ Link to interview ]


“The Humanities are leaving the ivory tower”

On August 13, Co-Director of Humanomics, David Budtz Pedersen, was interviewed for P1 Eftermiddag in connection with the newly published book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning. Listen to the interview here (only in Danish): http://www.dr.dk/p1/p1-eftermiddag/p1-eftermiddag-2015-08-13.

To listen to the interview, scroll down to: “Humaniora på vej ned fra Elfenbenstårnet"


Humanities scholars focus on power relations

On August 11, Politiken printed a series of articles debating perspectives from the new book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning.

The online articles can be read here:
Samfundstænkere skyller Platon ud med badevandet: [ Link to article ]

Humanister er vilde med hvide mænd:


Lektor: Humaniora taber til “konkurrencesamfundets forsimplede fornuft”:


The printed articles can be found in the August 12 edition of Politiken (front page and Kultur-section)


The Humanities: Progress and development

On August 10, Kristeligt Dagblad printed a review of the new book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning, in which it recommended the newly appointed Minister for Higher Education and Science, Esben Lunde Larsen, to read the book.

Read the review here (only in Danish): http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/kultur/den-oplagte-bog-til-den-nye-forskningsminister

Press release

The humanities are in transition according to new book

The University of Copenhagen published a press release concerning the findings in the new book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning from the Humanomics Research Programme.

Read it here:
[ Link to Press Release ]


What about the humanities canon?

On August 14, Weekendavisen brought an editorial concerned with the findings in the new book Kampen om disciplinerne. Viden og videnskabelighed i humanistisk forskning which asked whether the humanities had forgotten about themselves? The article is available in the August 14 edition of Weekendavisen.




David Budtz Pedersen og Jan Faye

Klimaet er den største udfordring mennesket står overfor i dag. Klimaudfordringerne kan ikke løses alene inden for naturvidenskaberne men kræver en sammenhængende forståelse af menneskets placering i naturen, adfærd, pligter og fremtid.

Filosofi spiller her en fremtrædende rolle i analysen af den menneskelige faktor i klimaforandringerne og deres etiske, politiske og videnskabelige konsekvenser.

Læs hele kursusbeskrivelsen



Underviser: Frederik Stjernfelt

Peirces semiotik er kilden til aktuelle begreber som ikonicitet, abduktion, type-token og mange andre.

Dette kursus giver en detaljeret indføring i Peirces semiotik baseret på udviklingen i hans pragmatisme.

Læs hele kursusbeskrivelsen

Recent Publications

In the media

Videnskaben står over for et paradigmeskifte”

by Budtz Pedersen, Dagbladet Information, 14. juli 2014. http://www.information.dk/503561

“Dagpengekommissionen er sammensat af ‘the usual suspects’”

by Jonas Grønvad & Lasse Johansson, Information, 7. juli 2014: http://www.information.dk/502949

”Økonomiernes menneskesyn er umenneskeligt”.

By David Budtz Pedersen and Finn Collin, Politiken, 16 April 2014. http://politiken.dk/debat/kroniken/ECE2264678/oekonomernes-menneskesyn-er-umenneskeligt/

”I brechen for humaniora”.

Interview with Frederik Stjernfelt, Uniavisen, 7 April 2014. http://universitetsavisen.dk/uddannelse/i-brechen-humaniora

”Vi forærer gladelig vores data væk”.

Interview with David Budtz Pedersen, Information, 2 April 2014. http://www.information.dk/493115

”In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive”.

By Vincent F. Hendricks, The Conversation, 19 March 2014. https://theconversation.com/in-the-digital-age-the-humanities-can-afford-to-go-on-the-offensive-24547

”Monopol. Hvorfor lytter vi til økonomerne?”

by David Budtz Pedersen, Frederik Stjernfelt og Lasse Johanson, Politiken 8 March 2014. Læs pdf

”Brug hele værktøjskassen”

by David Budtz Pedersen og Frederik Stjernfelt, Weekendavisen, 7 March 2014. Læs pdf

”Hvordan skaber man videnskab i verdensklasse?”

by David Budtz Pedersen, Videnskab.dk, 1. March 2014, http://videnskab.dk/miljo-naturvidenskab/hvordan-skaber-man-forskning-i-verdensklasse

”5 ways to avoid getting suckered by unreliable information”

Interview with Vincent Hendricks, Forbes Magazine, 25. January 2014, http://www.forbes.com/sites/privacynotice/2014/01/25/5-ways-to-avoid-being-suckered-by-unreliable-information/

”Løgstrups livtag med eksistensen”

by David Budtz Pedersen, Information, 11. January 2014, http://www.information.dk/484330

”Forskere: Efter kriseår skriver forfatterne triste bøger”

Interview with David Budtz Pedersen, Politiken, 10. January 2014, http://politiken.dk/kultur/boger/ECE2178729/forskere-efter-kriseaar-skriver-forfatterne-triste-boeger/

”Big data forandrer kulturhistorien”

Interview with Frederik Stjernfelt, Politiken, 9. January 2014, http://politiken.dk/kultur/medier/ECE2177616/big-data-forandrer-kulturhistorien/

”Et år i reformernes tegn”

by David Budtz Pedersen, Information, 8. January 2014, http://www.information.dk/484039


Frederik Stjernfelt: Natural Propositions
"The Political Epistemology of Science-Based Policy-Making”

by Budtz Pedersen, David, Journal of Society. August-September 2014. Springer On-line first.
Link to article »


"Humanister skal ind i varmen”

by Budtz Pedersen, D., Stjernfelt, F. & Wiben Jensen, Politiken Analyse, 8. september 2014.

"In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive”

by Hendricks, Vincent, The Conversation, 19. marts 2014

"An economy based on social status will always be prone to crisis”

by Hendricks, Vincent, The Conversation, 18. februar 2014

"Research Evaluation”

by Budtz Pedersen, David, Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering. Ed. J. Britt Holbrook. Vol. 3. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA: pp. 595-597.

Frederik Stjernfelt: Natural Propositions

“Natural Propositions: The Actuality of Peirce’s Doctrine of Dicisigns”.

By Frederik Stjernfelt, Docent Press. Read more: http://docentpress.com/books/natural-propositions-the-actuality-of-peirces-doctrine-of-dicisigns/


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”A Social Epistemology for Scientific Excellence”

by David Budtz Pedersen, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 2014, Vol. 3, No. 3, 64-65. Read pdf