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*Deadline extended to 23 March* Call for papers: "Ideals and practice of interdisciplinary research”, 14-15 June

At the request of potential participants, the submission deadline has
been extended to 23 March 2018

Call for papers: "Ideals and practice of interdisciplinary research”
Annual symposium of Science and Technology Studies and Summer School

Venue: University of Tampere, Finland
Symposium: June 14-15, 2018
Summer school: June 13, 2018
Deadline for paper and session proposals: 23 March, 2018

The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies
University of Tampere

Further information: Reetta Muhonen, reetta.muhonen at

Symposium website:
Symposium on Facebook:

Keynote speakers:
Jane Calvert, University of Edinburgh
Caterina Marchionni, University of Helsinki
Jaana Parviainen, University of Tampere
Juha Tuunainen, University of Oulu

The 2018 symposium for science and technology studies: "Ideals and
practice of interdisciplinary research” calls for papers examining the
ontological, epistemological and practical aspects of
interdisciplinary research.

Evolution and institutionalization of distinct scientific disciplines
and consequent specialization of knowledge production are persistent
patterns of scientific research, but they are counter-balanced by
researchers’ attempts to engage problems and phenomena that fall
between boundaries of established disciplines, thus requiring
interdisciplinary research efforts and collaboration. Some scholars
argue that interdisciplinary research has grown in recent decades at
the expense of traditional disciplines. Interdisciplinarity also has
an established position in a variety of current policy discourses.
From research strategies of faculties and institutions to research
funders’ policies of encouraging collaboration among disciplines,
interdisciplinarity has been given a role in defining the conditions
and quality of research, and as a key for solving complex societal

This conference explores a gap between how interdisciplinarity is
discussed and how it occurs in the mundane academic practices. The
ideals and strive to interdisciplinarity often meet tensions deriving
from both dynamics of academic community and the broader research
environment. These tensions range from epistemological and
methodological differences among researchers with various disciplinary
backgrounds to discipline-based institutional settings and practices
of research evaluations and academic recruitment. What are the things
motivating researchers in conducting interdisciplinary research?
What’s in it for them? How does interdisciplinarity work in everyday
research relations and collaboration?

Besides paying attention to the gap between academic practices and the
way we discuss interdisciplinarity, we want to arouse discussion on
the disciplinary specific nature of the phenomenon. Rather than
emphasizing the same goal of interdisciplinarity for all, we need
critical thinking and understanding of interdisciplinary practices in
different disciplines. While interdisciplinary approach is worthwhile
to pursue in some fields, it may be more profitable for other
disciplines to concentrate on disciplinary research.

We are welcoming presentations and sessions that explore different
areas of interdisciplinary research from everyday academic challenges
to philosophical considerations of conducting interdisciplinary

Please find further information on paper and session submissions at

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Reetta Muhonen, Chair of The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies

Johanna Hokka, Communications assistant of the Finnish Society for
Science and Technology Studies
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