We have been rather tight-lipped, it’s fair to say, about the interdisciplinary collaboration whose contours we arguably have greatest access to — namely, the collaboration between the two of us. This book marks a distinct moment in a collaboration that is, as we write these words, five years old. We have, during those years, developed, contributed to, and found ourselves caught up in many kinds of experiments. They include experiments of thinking, writing (articles, chapters, now this book), applying (for grant funding), visiting (other laboratories), presenting (at conferences, at workshops), collecting data (of very different kinds), organizing (of workshops, of panels), and vacationing (after those conferences and workshops). And through those experiments has come, additionally, the experiment of friendship. The interdisciplinary has been, throughout, an object of shared enquiry, a descriptor of our own collaboration, and the butt of many of our jokes and frustrations.

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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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