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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 297
Title: NSF White Paper: A Call for a Social Science of the Past
Lead Author: Chilton, Elizabeth S,
Abstract: The study of the past has long been relegated to the historiographical disciplines, e.g., archaeology and history. These fields will always be at the core of a contemporary study of the past. However, in the increasingly globalized world of the 21st century there is a growing need for the burgeoning field of heritage studiesthe social scientific study of the past. What is the value of the past in contemporary society? How do we measure the value of heritage for such important societal issues as social cohesion and economic development? These are not only academically challenging questionsthey also have real-world applications for communities, NGOs, and nations. This paper calls for a transdisciplinary research and graduate training effort at the national level, and identifies some of the key areas for a comprehensive research agenda. Such work involves fields that cross over and beyond NSF directorates: e.g., anthropology, ecology, economics, geography, history, landscape architecture, legal studies, political science, public health, public policy, psychology, regional and urban planning, sociology, and landscape architecture. Thus, NSF support and leadership for research in this area would fill an important niche in academic research, graduate training, and academic connections to praxis.
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