The 2014 ISRF Essay Competition – Theory of Social Behaviour

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (JTSB) intend to award a prize of 7,000 CHF for the best essay on the topic ‘The research investigator as instrument across the human sciences’. This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.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.

For more information, please visit The deadline for submissions is 31st March 2014.

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