[Humanist] 28.592 events: interdisciplinary practice

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 592.
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        Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:35:37 +0100
        From: Merz Martina <martina.merz at GMX.CH>
        Subject: 2nd CFP – Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice, Helsinki, 15-17 June 2015
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Workshop: 15-17 June 2015 | Helsinki (Finland)

Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice:
Methodological Challenges

Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT)
University of Helsinki

Call for Papers

Interdisciplinarity is one of the most prominent ideas driving science policy today. It is applied widely as a conception of what particularly creative and socially relevant science should consist of, whether natural or social science. For the last 40 years researchers have built up a substantial body of literature constructing various visions of what interdisciplinarity should be like. Until recently, however, there has been little concern for how it is practiced in distinct research settings and fields. This brings to the fore the need to pay particular attention to the methodological and conceptual resources required to investigate and understand interdisciplinary research in action.

Interdisciplinarity in science is often highly situated, distributed, and dynamic. It takes many forms and varieties, from occasional transfer of models and methods across disciplinary boundaries to the resources of one field being used for criticizing convictions in another. Interdisciplinarity may also be a matter of intensive ongoing collaboration solving complex problems with novel approaches. This type of collaboration requires negotiation of epistemic standards, trust and reliability, the coordination of expertise, and the distribution of tasks. Interdisciplinarity is thus a multidimensional and multi-scale phenomenon involving a rich interplay of established and novel scientific methodologies, expert and social cognition, disciplinary preferences and values, historical relationships, and institutional and policy frameworks.

Sociology, anthropology, history, cognitive science, philosophy, economics, etc. bring with them a variety of methodological approaches for analyzing interdisciplinary practice. Each affords an in-depth understanding of particular instances of this practice, its history and cultural underpinnings. We invite contributions that introduce, discuss, and reflect upon distinct methodological perspectives – both empirical and theoretical – on interdisciplinarity in science. Examples are analytic, ethnographic, social epistemological, scientometric, discourse analytic, and historical perspectives. The papers should demonstrate the affordances and challenges of the respective approaches by relating them to specific cases.

The central objectives of our Workshop are:
   -To create an awareness for affordances and limitations of the respective approaches.
   -To explore opportunities for combining approaches toward developing a more comprehensive understanding of interdisciplinary practice in its different configurations and characteristics.

The Workshop will bring together scholars from the broad range of humanities and social sciences studying scientific practice and culture. A selection of the Workshop papers will be published as a special issue of a major journal and/or an edited volume.

Invited Speakers and Topics

Mitchell Ash, University of Vienna: Interdisciplinarity in Historical Perspective

Sabine Maasen, TU Munich: Looking at Interdisciplinarity from a Discourse Analytical Perspective: Im/possible, Ir/resistible, In/feasible?

Nancy Nersessian, Harvard University: Interdisciplinarity on the Benchtop: Cognitive Ethnography of Research Laboratory Practices

Ismael Rafols, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), València: Mapping Interdisciplinary Research Using Sciento­metric    Tools: Methods, Potential Insights, and Pitfalls

Instructions for Submission

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2015
Notification expected by the end of February 2015

Please prepare a 300-400 word abstract for anonymous review

Submissions by EasyChair website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=idworkshop2015

Concept and Organization

Miles MacLeod, TINT, Univ. Helsinki
Martina Merz, TINT, Univ. Helsinki & Alpen-Adria-Univ. Klagenfurt | Wien | Graz
Uskali Mäki, TINT, Univ. Helsinki
Michiru Nagatsu, TINT, Univ. Helsinki

Martina Merz
Professor of Science Studies
Institute of Science Communication and Higher Education Research
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt | Wien | Graz 
A-1070 WIEN, Schottenfeldgasse 29
martina.merz at aau.at

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