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Disentangling inter- and transdisciplinarity: some insights and first results from SHAPE-ID

One of SHAPE-ID’s first objectives is to identify, through an extensive evidence scanning exercise drawing on previous work undertaken, the different understandings and factors that support successful or unsuccessful interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research (IDR and TDR) within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and STEMM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). This post summarises the preliminary findings of the literature review to date, which is also available as a report.
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First SHAPE-ID Workshop Takes Place at Trinity College Dublin

We were delighted to host the first of six planned SHAPE-ID workshops this week in Dublin. Over an inspiring two days, a highly engaged group of researchers, policy makers, funders and experts from the cultural sector and industry joined the SHAPE-ID team at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute at Trinity College Dublin to tackle the question of how Arts and Humanities disciplines can position themselves as leaders or equal partners in research addressing societal challenges. The workshop kicked off with a series of inspiring presentations from researchers leading inter- and transdisciplinary projects and initiatives. Dr…

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SHAPE-ID at the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference 2019

SHAPE-ID partners, Bianca Vienni, Jack Spaapen and Catherine Lyall, together with Expert Panel member Julie Klein, recently represented the project at the international Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) conference in Amsterdam.  Hosted by the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (24-26 October), the sold-out event attracted 30 different nationalities from five continents to exchange knowledge about interdisciplinarity in global contexts.  This 41st annual meeting of the Association provided an invaluable vehicle for networking with world-leading scholars of interdisciplinary research and teaching and for disseminating information about emerging findings and future plans for the SHAPE-ID project.  Dr Vienni convened a…

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Multiple Perspectives are Needed to Address the World’s Most Complex Problems

Dr Angela Butler from Trinity College Dublin discusses the interdisciplinary challenges addressed by the Global Humanities Institute on the Crises of Democracy at a Summer Institute in Dubrovnik in July 2019. Driven by the global rise of populism and authoritarianism, the climate emergency, and the often controversial role media and technology has played in politics and society recently, the Crises of Democracy GHI explores inequality, exclusion, oppression and resistance. While democracy research is typically a subject addressed by social sciences, especially economics and political science, our GHI examines these issues with a collaborative arts and humanities approach.
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International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019

Prof Julie Thompson Klein of Wayne State University and Td-Lab ETH Zurich reflects on the 2019 International Transdisciplinarity Conference, which took place September 10th through 13th in Gothenburg, Sweden. Hosted by MISTRA Urban Futures, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Gothenburg, the meeting focused on the theme of “Joining Forces for Change.”
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European Union Research & Innovation Days, Brussels, 24-26 September 2019: “Me and My Society – Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities”

There is wide recognition that interdisciplinarity is key to helping to better understand and find solutions to society’s great challenges around climate, health, well-being, democracy, inequality, migration and so on. That we need to put the human at the centre of a world that is increasingly driven by technology. This was the focus of a panel entitled "Me and My Society – Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities” (SSH) at the European Union Research & Innovation Days event held in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019. I was part of a three-person panel, alongside Nina Braun of Net4Society and Tobias Bader…

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Jane Ohlmeyer Presents at EU R&I Days Session on Integrating Social Sciences and Humanities

SHAPE-ID Coordinator Professor Jane Ohlmeyer presented at the EU Research & Innovation Days Session 'Me and My Society - Integrating the Social Sciences and Humanities' on 24th September. The session focused on the future of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in science and research policy and was organised as a co-design exercise with audience members following short presentations by the three panel members. Jane spoke about the importance and under-representation of the Arts and Humanities in interdisciplinary research, drawing on some early findings from SHAPE-ID and proposing that 'AHSS' replace 'SSH' to put the Arts and Humanities at the…

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Supporting Inter- and Transdisciplinary Academic Careers

The topic of interdisciplinary careers prompted some lively discussion at last week’s ITD 2019 conference in Gothenburg. SHAPE-ID was represented by Bianca Vienni Baptista, Christian Pohl and myself. Between us we made multiple contributions to the conference as presenters, discussants and session chairs, introducing an international audience of 250 researchers, research funders and policy makers from bodies such as the OECD to the aims of the SHAPE-ID project. What became clear in various workshops and discussion panels is that we still have a long way to go before inter- and trans-disciplinary (ITD) careers become “normalised” within our institutions and it…

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SHAPE-ID to Contribute to Euresearch Switzerland Webinar on ‘Horizon 2020 Opportunities for Social Sciences and Humanities’

SHAPE-ID Research Fellow Dr Bianca Vienni Baptista of ETH Zurich will introduce SHAPE-ID as part of a webinar organised by Euresearch, the Swiss guide to European research and innovation, on 16 October 2019. The webinar will be led by Dr Joël Graf, Swiss National Contact Point (NCP) for Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Science with and for Society, who will discuss opportunities for Social Sciences and Humanities stakeholders (academics, NGOs, companies etc.) in European funding programmes, with a focus on collaborative research projects in the Societal Challenge 6 Work Programme. The webinar is free but registration is required. Full…

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SHAPE-ID Participating in Positioning the Humanities in the 2020s Symposium

SHAPE-ID is looking forward to presenting a Poster and Lightning Talk at the Herrenhausen Symposium: Positioning the Humanities in the 2020s next week. The symposium is organised by the Volkswagen Foundation and the German U15 Universities and takes place on 10-12 September in Hannover. The exciting and wide-ranging programme includes several sessions addressing questions central to SHAPE-ID's concern to improve the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration between disciplines within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), and between AHSS and other scientific disciplines, particularly Bridging the Gap Between Different Research Cultures and The Humanities' Contribution to Meeting the Challenges of a…

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