Becoming Context-Free: Toward a Research Programme in Sociology of Knowledge

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In this lecture I will discuss how we – as department, faculty and university – may enhance our research, teaching and knowledge transfer endeavour. This lecture builds on the current challenges in these three areas and inter alia discusses the impact on the AAU PBL model.

As the title suggests the lecture has to major components: Sociology of Knowledge and Becoming Context-Free. What the title does not explicitly state, but what glues these two together – and what happens to be my passion – is the notion of ‘newness’.

Through my lecture I will argue that ‘becoming context-free’ in pursuit of ‘newness’ is essential in our efforts to enhance our inter-disciplinary research and teaching, innovate our PBL model, excel in knowledge transfer – all aimed at enriching social impact of our academic endeavour. Clearly this is not the way, but it may contribute to our holistic academic efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2017


  • Research programme
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Newness
  • Becoming context-free
  • Theory building
  • Useful knowledge
  • Useless knowledge

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