A Brief Introduction to the HSSA and Community Matters

Welcome to the Humanities and Social Sciences Association! We are the first association of its kind on the UC Berkeley campus. The HSSA was founded in 2013, following the Forum for Researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences, held in May of that year. During this Forum, researchers in the humanities and social sciences met with campus leaders to discuss possibilities for the creation of an association specifically intended for these researchers. Another meeting followed in August 2013 with the attendance of all interested human and social scientists, where we discussed the character and goals of the new association. That discussion marked the uncomplicated birth of the HSSA.

Essentially, the HSSA was created to address the needs of a community strong in numbers, rich in diversity, and essential to the promotion of critical thinking, but with no platform on campus to come together as a community. The HSSA has been met with great enthusiasm both by campus leaders and members of the community. The events we have organized have exceeded our expectations, and those who have attended them can testify to the important role the HSSA has come to play in fostering a sense of community, organizing academic and social events, and offering resources for career development. On this website, you will find information on these initiatives, and how to partake in our many activities.

We realized that it would be a good idea to have an online article series featuring occasional pieces on new developments or problems that concern the experience of being a scholar in the humanities and social sciences. These include, but are not limited to, institutional changes that bear on the humanities and social sciences; exciting or problematic research projects or ideas; and practical problems of various sorts.

We will consider posting material from the community (i.e. graduate students, visiting student researchers, visiting scholars, and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences affiliated with UC Berkeley) on these or similar topics. If you think you have a piece that will be of relevance to the community, feel free to send it to us. But please keep in mind the following:

  • Your submission cannot exceed 800 words
  • Your submission should not be a specialized scholarly piece of writing, but rather a communicative piece intended to enlighten a wide variety of researchers. It should be something that resembles a journalistic report
  • The HSSA preserves the right to accept or reject any submission, based on the submission’s appropriateness for Community Matters
  • We will let you know as soon as possible whether your submission has been accepted or not

Submissions can be sent to: askodo@berkeley.edu

Admir Skodo

President of the Humanities and Social Sciences Association