WK MAIN Pantone 634Working Knowledge is the brainchild of Hearing the Voice – a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing (or auditory verbal hallucinations) funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Since this project began, the team have been exhilarated but also perplexed by some of the challenges of working collaboratively where expertise ranges from brain stimulation to medieval mysticism, via cognitive narratology, clinical psychology, cultural theory and the day-to-day experience of hearing voices.

Drawing on the interdisciplinary expertise of the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities, Hearing the Voice has created Working Knowledge, a collection of practical resources for anyone interested in embarking on or funding interdisciplinary research. Housed on a dedicated website, the initiative consists in a collection of Project Shorts: short, accessible introductions to everything from managing your research project’s social media presence to running experimental design hackathons.

The resources in Working Knowledge span three distinct themes: Working Together, People & Roles and Engaging Others.

Working Knowledge launched at the Wellcome Trust on 19 February 2015. We hope that in the future the collection will expand to include a range of Project Shorts from other interdisciplinary projects – including Hubbub at Wellcome Collection and The Life of Breath – and we would welcome the chance to discuss possible contributions with anyone who is interested in proposing ideas for Project Shorts from their own projects.

If you would like to propose an idea for a Project Short, please email us to discuss your contribution.

Series editors: Charles Fernyhough, Angela Woods and Victoria Patton.