Navigating Research Boundaries: disciplines, methodologies, environments, identities
This summer school will offer a unique environment to explore what going beyond different research boundaries means and entails for you and your research. Ecological crises, competing ethno-nationalisms, microbial pandemics, and rising inequalities are some of the seemingly intractable problems that many communities face today. Where researchers are engaging with these multiscalar and interwoven phenomena, disciplinary, methodological, and sectoral silos seem woefully inadequate. Yet, academic research that is undertaken to make sense of and alleviate some of these challenges often continue to be bound to disciplinary and methodological perspectives, and to specific (academic) environments. This is compounded by the comfort that “we” as research practitioners find in holding on to “our” professional identities and familiar ideological territories.
We hold that only research that thinks and acts beyond such boundaries is adequate to seriously grapple with the challenges that these multiplying crises pose to current ways of knowing and acting. “We” researchers must embrace the discomfort emerging from the possibility that our familiar methodologies may simply be mirroring or (re)producing the inequities we seek to challenge. To move beyond this, we propose that as researchers we must cultivate an openness that centres affect (anger, anxiety, grief, sadness, but also joy and happiness), epistemological uncertainty, and careful attention to the environments and relations in which we conduct our work. Honesty and mess must be at the heart of our intellectual creation if we are to meaningfully traverse and reconfigure research boundaries and the worlds and relations we inhabit.
This summer school offers space to explore what might enable such approaches in your own research, to aid reflection on relevant questions, methodologies, disciplines, as well as the challenges and discomforts that may emerge. The programme is designed to take you through the different aspects involved in negotiating research boundaries and to equip you with the skills necessary to embark on your inter- and trans-disciplinary research journey.
The week-long summer course will take place online and will combine lectures, small group discussions, group, and solo work. PhD or advanced research (such as 2nd year ReMa) students who are conducting or interested in conducting inter and transdisciplinary are invited to apply. 25 students will be selected to participate. Participants will be assigned to a tutor who they will work with throughout the week in small groups.
The first day of lectures will be free and open to all who are interested. There will be three days of intensive workshops and panel discussions for the 25 participants. The last day will highlight participants’ presentations.
Five student scholarships will be offered to students who indicate their interest in receiving a full waiver of school fees in their motivation letters.
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