Interdisciplinary entanglements

I’m  embroiled in disputes about the interplay and intersections between arts and science in collaborative project design.

we need a design that accommodates diversity and allows for productive convergencies to continue. We are not trying to convert scientists, but to elicit change across the research team is a worthy aim (and can be evaluated).  ‘Interdisciplinary ideas emerge not in specific disciplinary territories  but in the exchanges between them (see https://www.lfhe.ac.uk/en/research-resources/publications/index.cfm/ST-28).’  In this paper on Interdisciplinary research from the HE Leadership foundation, ‘one observation, noted consistently by scholars experienced in IDR , is that ‘successful collaborations require equality between participants and a determined effort to maintain openness and inclusivity throughout the research process, most particularly at the design stage when projects are all too easily pulled into dominant disciplinary spheres.’ I have been conscious of the power relations between the disciplines and the relative values of  or example, ‘experimental versus interpretative  research paradigms’ and the utility and reliability of quantitative and qualitative  outputs. We need both. Also we need to recognise disciplinary differences within the research team so that high quality single disciplinary publications are possible as well as more innovative joint outputs. Above all, ‘fruitful IDR requires significant time[…]and space for open-ended research conversations.’ Need for adequate complexity & scope of expression for each without coming up with a winner.

 

How do interdisciplinary collaboration between arts and science communities of practice bring about change for those involved and how can this be evidenced?

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