‘Which Way Does It Go between You Two?’ Modes of Interdisciplinary Intervention

  • Felicity Callard
  • Des Fitzgerald
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Interdisciplinarity is often imagined as a specific mode of practice, one that works by carefully separating different sets of expertise from one another (e.g. wherein a philosopher does conceptual work, and a neuroscientist simply collects data). This chapter, by contrast, radically opens up the range of legitimate modes of interdisciplinary practice. It analyses, and works through, three different, entangled, modes of interdisciplinary practice that have undergirded our own research — co-authorship, co-experimentation, and co-organization. The chapter ends with a call to retire formulations of interdisciplinarity that delineate sets of expertise and practice from the outset.


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© Felicity Callard and Des Fitzgerald 2015

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felicity Callard
    • 1
  • Des Fitzgerald
    • 2
  1. 1.Durham UniversityUK
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityUK

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