On the utility of peering into dusty books

A commenter on my last post asked why I’m willing to say a good word for such silliness as social-sciences and humanities research. Here are some of the winners of top awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s top prizes in recent years. (Full disclosure: I acted as host for this year’s SSHRC awards and was paid at the rate my speakers’ bureau usually charges. I am sure my enthusiasm for social-science research led to the gig, rather than the other way around.)