C11
Scientific meetings across disciplinary boundaries

Convenors:
Johan Munck af Rosenschöld (University of Helsinki)
Miles MacLeod (University of Twente)
Format:
Location:
Frankland Colloquium (Faraday Complex)
Start time:
25 July, 2018 at 13:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The aim of this panel is to explore the concept of 'meeting' in interdisciplinary endeavors. By employing the concept, the panel explores 'how' interdisciplinarity is arranged and practiced, 'who' participates in such activities, and 'what' are the outcomes of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Long abstract:

Interdisciplinarity has become a central strategy in research policy as well as practice in scientific ventures. Stakes are high for interdisciplinarity; it is supposed to address, among other things, ostensible knowledge silos in universities (Petts et al. 2008), the accountability 'gap' of science (Nowotny et al. 2003), and complex sustainability challenges (Klein 2004). A defining trait of interdisciplinarity is knowledge integration; interdisciplinarity entails "bridging and confronting the prevailing disciplinary approaches" (Huutoniemi et al. 2010, p.80) through collaboration between different epistemologies, disciplines, and extra-academic actors. Interdisciplinarity thus highlights the tensions and opportunities that arise as different knowledge systems are integrated. The aim of this panel is to explore the concept of 'meeting' in interdisciplinary endeavors. In its broadest sense, meeting can be conceived as the process of conjoining and assembling disciplines and knowledges. More concretely, a meeting can be conceived as a temporally distinct micro-level event where knowledge is integrated, contested, and made sense of (cf. Jarzabkowski & Seidl 2008). The research project meeting is often where interdisciplinarity "happens", through allocation of resources and tasks as well as dissemination of results. The concept of meeting thus provides an opportunity to examine 'how' interdisciplinarity is arranged and practiced, 'who' participates in such activities, and 'what' are the outcomes of knowledge integration. We look forward to receiving both empirical and theoretical papers that address meetings (in all meanings of the word) in interdisciplinary research from various theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.