Vol 11 - Thinking interdisciplinarity in practice

(11 articles)

Taking collaborative work between scientific disciplines as an object of study leads us to both think and realize it in all its complexity in order to allow a fruitful dialogue between theory and practice while questioning the interest and limits of producing an expertise. The issues go far beyond the definitions that can be given to cooperation between disciplines; this is women and men who interact with or without difficulties, institutions that carry or support these works, common or different temporalities between the multiple actors of the research... A systemic viewpoint seems to be relevant to approach this problem, without being exclusive. The expected articles may refer to different scientific disciplines and methodologies, however the focus will be not on the results of multi, inter or transdisciplinary studies, but in understanding how collaborative works are constructed, conducted, questioned and finalized in complexity with all the obstacles and levers that researchers may encounter. This issue will be coordinated by researchers from different disciplines (computer science, linguistics, anthropology, psychology) with multiple methods and problematics. The ambition is to open a reflection that would allow the study of science and its practice in a dialogical approach. This call is open to any contribution combining theory and practice of science in interdisciplinarity. For examples, a reflexive feedback on the building of a project and the articulation of disciplines and its evolution during the project, or studies on the collaborative work of researchers and its evolution in sociology of science, history of science or science studies... Various questions can be studied: • What is the structure of the working group, its dynamics? How does it evolve over time? • What is the impact of the multi-, inter- or trans- factor on the organisational, cognitive and even affective aspects? • What are the contributions and obstacles linked to the diversity of disciplines, methods, etc.? • How do scientists understand these collaborations? • What could be the epistemology for interdisciplinarity and other forms of collaborative work?