Items is an SSRC digital forum that renews and reimagines the Council’s former newsletter as a space for engagement with our work and with the social sciences more generally.
From 1947 to 2008, Items (also called Items & Issues in its later years) was the principal mode by which social scientists and others learned about the impact of our programs and broader issues in the social sciences relevant to our commitment to scholarly rigor, cross-disciplinary encounters, and public relevance. In the same spirit, this site aims to shape current conversations through curated essays that reflect on the state of the social sciences today. A wide range of social scientists and others contribute their ideas and insights, often around featured themes that engage key debates of the moment.
The views and opinions expressed in articles published on Items are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Social Science Research Council, unless directly stated otherwise.
Contributions to Items are generally by invitation. We are open to inquiries and suggestions, especially regarding our ongoing discussions and themes, but due to limited editorial capacity we cannot respond to all inquiries. We encourage readers to join discussions by interacting with our social media accounts.
Except where otherwise noted, content published by Items is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. Information regarding this license may be found here. If you would like to repost one of the essays from this site in accordance with our Creative Commons license, please contact email@example.com and a member of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you.