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Tobias Nickl: Citizenship and free movement of Disabled People in the EU – The Framework for European Disability Policies

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If a genuinely European academic space is to emerge via the expansion of European research funding, it has to be ‚legitimate‘ in terms of both academic distinction and European policy – with academic distinctions varying strongly between countries as well as disciplines. Addressing these requirements, Horizon2020 and especially the European Research Council (ERC) fund social scientific research and make it visible as genuinely European – if only on a selective and temporary basis. Drawing on an analysis of ERC Starting Grants from 2007-2012, the presentation shows how ERC-funded projects deal with a competition for excellence that aims at establishing a ‚Mode-2‘ science that renders country- and discipline-specific social scientific knowledge precarious and favors the application of projects that are either very close to EU governance or depicted as multi-, cross- and transdisciplinary, adopting a language of ‚overcoming disciplinary constraints‘.

Looking beyond this self-proclaimed ‚Champions League of Research‘, however, a broader discussion is necessary: Historically, the expansion of (national) programs fostering e.g. social security and education enabled relatively autonomous disciplinary and political constellations in which the social sciences could thrive. With Europe lacking in social integration, the social sciences‘ legitimacy in the European project remains limited.

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