November 8, 2001 Contact info:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Lally
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The Social Science Research Council launches a new website today featuring essays on “After September 11: Perspectives from the Social Sciences.” Leading social scientists from around the world and from a number of social science disciplines have contributed to the project. The essays bring theoretical and empirical knowledge to bear on the events of September 11, on the circumstances that contributed to the attacks, and on the complicated prospects for the future.
Contributors to the site include Olivier Roy, France’s leading expert on political Islam, who writes on neo-fundamentalism, noted economist Barry Eichengreen, addressing the impact of September 11 on global finance, and distinguished sociologist Janet Abu-Lughod, who analyses social solidarity and patriotism in the aftermath of the attacks. More than 50 social scientists have committed to write for this collection.
The website, which can be accessed at http://www.ssrc.org/sept11/, aims to broaden public discourse by providing a wide range of disciplinary and analytic perspectives from social scientists around the globe. "This is extremely important," said Lisa Anderson, Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. "Policy makers and the public alike need the knowledge and diverse perspectives offered by these distinguished social scientists."
The website is also intended as a resource for teachers -- especially college and university instructors, but those at the secondary level as well -- who want to address unfolding events in their courses from the perspectives of the social sciences.
In the coming year, the SSRC will launch a book series with the New Press offering further social scientific analyses on “After September 11.”
The Social Science Research Council was founded more than 75 years ago to improve interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It focuses research on key public issues, supports advanced education of younger social scientists in areas of high need, and organizes networks of leading scholars to develop fields of emerging importance. Building collaborative relations on every continent, the SSRC has been especially influential in the internationalization of social science.