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Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy

Regina Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Dorothy Noyes

Abstract

Both a vision for future scholarship and a slogan for university restructuring, interdisciplinarity promises to break through barriers to address today's complex challenges. Yet even high-stakes projects often falter, undone by contradictory incentives, bureaucratic frameworks, communication breakdowns, and the strong feelings raised by urgent social debates. Jumping into collaborative research without preparation or ongoing attention, researchers often fall back on disciplinary habits and raise disciplinary defenses. Above all, there is never enough time. Born of six years' experience in the ... More

Keywords: interdisciplinarity, collaborative research, cultural property, university research, project-based research, community of practice, knowledge work, common sense, social problems, research policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040894
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040894.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Regina Bendix, author
University of Göttingen

Kilian Bizer, author
University of Göttingen

Dorothy Noyes, editor
Ohio State University

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Chapter 1 The Interdisciplinary Project as Social Form

Regina F. Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Dorothy Noyes

Chapter 2 Zones, Exchanges, Boundaries, Communities

Regina F. Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Dorothy Noyes

Chapter 3 From Cool Phenomena to Hot Problems

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Chapter 4 Building Trust and Respecting Suspicion

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Chapter 5 Sociability in Social Research

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Chapter 6 Holding Up and Folding Up

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Chapter 7 Toward a Sustainable Interdisciplinarity

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Coda

Regina F. Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Dorothy Noyes