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Valorizing the Humanities
School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability, Halmstad University, PO Box 823, 301 18, Halmstad, SE, Sweden; CIRCLE, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8918-7411
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2864-2315
The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, 10691, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1776-435X
Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, 10691, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3997-1149
2024 (English)In: Making Universities Matter: Collaboration, Engagement, Impact / [ed] Pauline Mattsson, Eugenia Perez Vico & Linus Salö, Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2024, p. 211-232Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite its proven societal value, humanities knowledge tends to be marginalized in research policy; this has been a topic of debate for some time. In this chapter, we focus on the valorization of humanities knowledge, with the aim of comprehending the way this process engenders societal impact. We argue that historical impact stories offer an effective methodological approach for a deeper understanding of such valorization and its subsequent impact. Drawing on three humanities research cases from Sweden, we propose that valorization and impacts of humanities knowledge should be seen as processual and as influenced by societal actors who determine the premises and condition the somewhat unpredictable nature of such impacts. We introduce two concepts: (i) acting space, which involves access to collaborators, audiences, and channels that enable knowledge valorization, and (ii) meandering knowledge flows, which provides insight into the uneven and hard-to-predict nature of valorization. Through these concepts, we wish to provide a better and more nuanced understanding of how knowledge valorization in the humanities unfolds. By doing so, we hope to support humanities scholars to find ways of articulating their own modes of mattering.

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Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2024. p. 211-232
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Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management, ISSN 2197-5698, E-ISSN 2197-5701
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History Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Public Administration Studies
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-341709DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-48799-6_10Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85180921817OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-341709DiVA, id: diva2:1823128
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