“How to evaluate interdisciplinary research? Conceptual, methodological and empirical challenges”
Tartu, Sept 28-30, 2018, Jakobi 2, room 336
In 2015, a group of philosophers of science from the University of Tartu began to study interdisciplinarity in the project “Essentialism in the context of interdisciplinary research: a philosophical and cultural analysis of stereotypes in scientific communities“, funded by the Estonian Research Council. In the course of the project, interviews with scientists in different interdisciplinary fields have been made and analysed; workshops, conferences, symposia, and seminars have been attended or organised; presentations prepared and papers published. Research methodology has been updated in response to new conceptual and empirical challenges. Several problem areas have been identified and investigated.
The importance of communities for the creation and evaluation of knowledge claims has been widely discussed among philosophers of science. With the rise of interdisciplinary research, communities where knowledge is produced may no longer be expected to be united in any way they used to be in disciplinary research. Given the importance of the shared background for the evaluation of knowledge claims, this development raises a number of interesting questions. Do participants of interdisciplinary projects experience problems related to evaluating other participants’ contributions, having their own contributions evaluated by other participants or their overall project being evaluated from the outside? How does interdisciplinary work influence one’s self-conception and perception of one’s competence as a researcher? Do interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects offer new robust criteria for evaluation thanks to, for example, their greater practical impact? Or does their practical successfulness raise new problems for evaluation? If interdisciplinary research may indeed be expected to face certain problems, why does it remain attractive and what does it say about our understanding of traditional disciplines? The presentations in this workshop address these questions from a variety of perspectives, helping to understand the present practice and the potential possibilities of interdisciplinary research.
Inkeri Koskinen, University of Helsinki
Miles MacLeod, University of Twente
Julie Mennes, University of Ghent
Michiru Nagatsu, University of Helsinki
Hauke Riesch, Brunel University, London
Henrik Thorén, University of Helsinki, University of Lund.
Programme on Saturday, September 29th
10.00 – 11.00 Registration, coffee
11.15 – 11.45 Inkeri Koskinen “Epistemic success and societal impact in extra-academic collaboration”
11.45 – 12.15 Jaana Eigi & Katrin Velbaum “Plurality of self-perceptions among interdisciplinary researchers and its implications for taxonomies of interdisciplinarity”
12.15 – 12.45 Hauke Riesch „Inter-Discipline and Punish“
12.45 – 14.15 Lunch
14.15 – 14.45 Edit Talpsepp-Randla „Looking for essentialist thinking in interdisciplinary research”
14.45 – 15.15 Michiru Nagatsu & Miles MacLeod “What does successful ID research look like? understanding ID research from a methodological perspective”
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee
15.45 – 16.15 Julie Mennes “The difficult status of multi-disciplinarity in university research policy: a case study of Flanders, Belgium”
16.15 – 16.45 Henrik Thorén “Interdisciplinarity as assessment: ‘interdisciplinarity as validity check’ revisited”
16.45 – 17.15 Endla Lõhkivi “Metaphors, analogies and figurative speech in the studies of interdisciplinary research”
17.15 – 17.30 Coffee
17.30-18.30 Roundtable about the methods applied in empirical research
Everybody is welcome to attend the workshop on Saturday, the 29th of September.
Registration and further information: Endla Lõhkivi endla.lohkivi [ät] ut.ee
The event is supported by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund), IUT 20-5 Estonian Ministry of Education and PUT 732 Estonian Research Council.