Following a British Academy and Wellcome-funded workshop on Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities held in Durham in September 2017, four new Project Shorts have just been published as part of Working Knowledge, a collection of practical resources developed 3 years ago by Hearing the Voice for anyone interested in embarking on or funding interdisciplinary research. The new contributions are as follows:

  • The Hybrid Academic, by Jen Grove, Sanja Djerasimovic and Jenny Crane, documents the challenges – for individuals, projects and institutions – of new postdoctoral roles which combine research with a significant responsibility for supporting public engagement and impact.
  • The Precarious Postdoc, by Sophie A. Jones and Catherine Oakley, analyses the new reality of humanities and social science postdocs doing interdisciplinary research in an age of casualised academic labour, proposing some best practice guidelines for PIs, funding bodies, and universities.
  • The Price of Agreement, by Britt Dahlberg, Robbie Duschinsky and Sophie Reijman, uses case studies from a variety of projects to argue for the importance of “0-degree agreement” in interdisciplinary work – the consensus to engage with unformed ideas in a joint uncertainty.
  • So, what do you believe then?, by Ben Alderson-Day and Adam Powell, considers how interdisciplinary projects can tackle the tensions arising from different disciplinary and individual claims about a shared, independent reality.

Project Shorts are all published under CC-BY license, so please feel free to disseminate them widely. If you or any group or organisation you know would appreciate a hard copy of these or any other Project Short, please contact Jane Abel.

Working Knowledge is always open to new suggestions: if these Project Shorts or any other recent experiences have inspired you towards some practical thinking about interdisciplinary collaboration, please email us with your ideas.


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