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Sustaining Interdisciplinary CollaborationA Guide for the Academy$
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Regina Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Dorothy Noyes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040894

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040894.001.0001

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From Cool Phenomena to Hot Problems

From Cool Phenomena to Hot Problems

Slogans and Stances in the Research Group

(p.28) Chapter 3 From Cool Phenomena to Hot Problems
Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Regina F. Bendix

Kilian Bizer

Dorothy Noyes

University of Illinois Press

The research topic shapes the interdisciplinary process. Both institutional and societal incentives favor the funding of research on "hot" problems over more stable, ongoing phenomena. All social research addresses social life and language in motion, but problem-based research also mobilizes an array of stakeholders, often coming together around a slogan-concept (such as cultural property) that proposes a solution for an intractable, complex situation. "Mode 2" knowledge networks around hot problems bring an unusual degree of scrutiny to academic work, while heightening the differential stances of researchers and their disciplines, turning the project itself into a hot zone. A remedy lies in setting the team to examine the common sense of the problem and its slogans as a starting point for more focused research.

Keywords:   interdisciplinarity, research topic, problem-based research, social research, hot problems, research stakeholders, mode 2 knowledge networks, cultural property, slogan-concept, common sense

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