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Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences

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This book offers a provocative account of interdisciplinary research across the neurosciences, social sciences and humanities. Rooting itself in the authors' own experiences, the book establishes a radical agenda for collaboration across these disciplines. This book is open access under a CC-BY license.

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"Interdisciplinarity, more than a hype and less than a solution, is a landscape with peaks and creeks, highs and lows. Callard and Fitzgerald travel wide and broad, with ethnographic curiosity and conceptual imagination, reflectively entangling in knowledge fields that encompass many perspectives. The result is truly valuable, for every interdisciplinary endeavour." - Professor Andreas Roepstorff, Director, Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark

"In this well-written and compelling book, the authors not only analyse the flows and stoppages of attempts to carry out interdisciplinary work and do so with uncommon honesty based on their own extensive experience but also map out ways to embark on interdisciplinary projects across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities in the future that would simultaneously honour all participants' contributions and produce knowledge that could not have been done alone. The social and technical problems that beset the contemporary world require no less." - Charis Thompson, Chancellor's Professor and Chair, Center for Science, Technology, and Medicine in Society, UC Berkeley, USA and Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics, UK.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Durham University, UK

    Felicity Callard

  • Cardiff University, UK

    Des Fitzgerald

About the authors

Felicity Callard is Director of Hubbub, the first interdisciplinary residency of The Hub at Wellcome Collection and Reader in Social Science for Medical Humanities at the Department of Geography and Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, UK.

Des Fitzgerald is Lecturer in Sociology, in the School of Social Sciences, at Cardiff University, UK. He has wide-ranging interests in the sociologies of neuroscience and psychiatry.

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