A special emphasis is placed on the social uses that are made of language by SSH researchers, who often deal with subtle and complex meaning produced through text and talk. Therefore, SSH research is conceptualised as a discursive practice, which not only conveys certain concepts and ideas but also allows the researchers to negotiate their social positions in scientific communities and academic institutions.
Relying on qualitative methods (such as document analysis, semi-structured and expert interviews, discourse analyses of text and talk, ethnographic case studies etc.), DISCONEX seeks to account for the variety of practical challenges researchers usually face in their everyday practices. The social world of research comprises activities as diverse as reading and writing publications, interacting with peers, colleagues and students in projects, departments, and journals, serving in committees, panels and boards, reviewing articles and proposals, applying for projects and positions and many more.