International Transdisciplinarity Conference - ITD 2017

Aktivität: Wissenschaftliche und künstlerische VeranstaltungenKonferenzenForschung

Jeremias Herberg - Organisator*in

Transdisciplinarity in Action - How Does Transdisciplinary Research Emerge from Heterogeneous Cultures?

Session Chairs: Nico Lüdtke, Jeremias Herberg

Transdisciplinary research is often considered as a highly specific research culture. In this regard, transdisciplinarity both addresses problem-oriented questions and provides forms of participation, in order to integrate heterogeneous non-scientific actors, knowledge forms, values, interests and claims. The integrative research culture is characterized by multi-referential practices, knowledges cultures, and institutional settings that mediate between heterogeneous cultures, or even between ‘academia’ and ‘the society’. Yet, we know relatively little about where these specifics come from, what their constitutive contexts are, and how these contexts shape transdisciplinary research cultures.
The panel addresses the cultural particularities of transdisciplinarity from a science studies approach. That is, we do not predefine specifics as they are represented in handbooks, practicioners’ self-descriptions or prevalent articles. Instead this panel investigates the logics and boundaries of transdisciplinarity as they emerge in the process of constituting projects, methodologies, debates in literature or policy formations.
To understand transdisciplinary research in-the-making, we focus on the inner workings of research projects and on the constitutive contexts that transdisciplinary practitioners seek to mediate. According to concepts, such as co-developing, co-design, or co-production, the interrelation between research practices and context-dependency is one of the key specifics of transdisciplinary research cultures. The question is how transdisciplinary practices build a distinctive research culture, by opening-up to the influences of diverging scientific and political cultures, institutional arenas, communicative media and organizational practices. How does this opening-up shape the specificity of transdisciplinary research cultures?
In order to emphasize both the emergence and multi-referential shaping of transdisciplinary research cultures, the panel focuses on three bidirectional questions:

-In their practical multireferentiality, how do transdisciplinary practitioners seek to integrate heterogeneous expectations and affordances? How does practical multireferentiality in return constrain or widen the corridors of cooperation and learning that are available to transdisciplinary researchers?
-In their discursive multireferentiality, how do transdisciplinary practitioners represent and symbolically mobilize actors, sectors, disciplines, ‘academia’ or even ‘the society’? In vice versa, how do these perspectives shape the cross-cultural mediation at play in transdisciplinary processes?
-In their institutional multireferentiality, how do transdisciplinary cultures of research relate to the rules and resources of neighbouring fields? In vice versa, how do they emerge from the interaction of neighbouring fields?

The session thus addresses the conference theme of interculturality in the sense of criss-crossing social spheres. All three contributions investigate how the ambivalence and ambiguity of transdisciplinary research emerges from heterogeneous relations to other research cultures. In short, the context-effects of transdisciplinarity are investigated in the opposite direction: The many contexts that may be affected by transdisciplinary work in turn shape transdisciplinary research cultures.

The panel is organized in collaboration with the project “Reflexive Responsibilisation. Responsibility for sustainable Development” (Leuphana University Lüneburg / Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony / Volkswagen Foundation). In this project, scholars from different academic fields investigate the ambivalences and the ensuing social and political consequences of diverse concepts of sustainability for practices of everyday life and different institutional contexts. A major topic is the view on recent developments in the emerging field of transdisciplinary research.
International Transdisciplinarity Conference - ITD 2017


International Transdisciplinarity Conference - ITD 2017: Transdisciplinary Research and Education – Intercultural Endeavours


Lüneburg, Deutschland

Veranstaltung: Sonstiges