— Michael Guggenheim

Tag "Transdisciplinarity"

Michael Guggenheim, Bernd Kräftner, Judith Kröll

Don’t leave the kitchen. A Recipe for Incubations. Unpublished Article. (pdf)

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Abstract: In this paper we present a recipe for cultural interventions as a stew. It illustrates an approach we have developed in several research and exhibition projects that we call “incubation“. An incubation is a socio-technical device that forms new objects and interactions produced under situational, social and time-based pressure via the use of knowledge, interactions and objects.

An incubation consists of a range of ingredients – media, methods, theories – mixed together to both describe and intervene in a given situation. It challenges the opposition of action versus description, and political versus scientific, as limited. Because an incubation is not a process of debunking but of assembly, any method is always supposed to represent, intervene and transform. We use several examples to illustrate our argument, among them a long-term study with vegetative state patients, an exhibition project with researchers that are asylum seekers, a betting office for genetically doped mice and a laboratory to measure ideas of prevention.

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Practices of dietbasics.com Inter-/Transdisciplinary Cooperation in Science.

Special Issue of Science and Public Policy, July .
(together with Sabine Maasen and Martin Lengwiler) (Introduction)


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Umweltdienstleistungsfirmen zwischen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik.

Bielefeld: transcript-Verlag.

Book Version of PhD thesis. English excerpts can be found in this article


Intro: Der beispiellose Aufschwung des Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitskonzepts hat das Entstehen eines neuen Typus von Dienstleistungsfirmen begünstigt. Angesichts dieser Dynamik rücken die folgenden Fragen verstärkt in den Blick: Unter welchen Bedingungen entsteht in der
Wissensgesellschaft politisiertes und kommerzialisiertes Beratungs- und Expertisewissen? Wie wird außerhalb der universitären Strukturen in Projekten geforscht und beraten?
Die Studie integriert auf originelle Weise dichte ethnographische Beobachtungen hochmoderner Arbeitswelten mit der Theorie intersystemischer Organisationen. Sie liefert somit einen Schlüssel zum Verständnis der gegenwärtigen Transformation der Umweltbewegung in wissensintensive Dienstleistungen.

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In: Science and Public Policy, July 2006, pp.411-421 (pdf)


In this paper I argue that so-called transdisciplinary research, that is problem-oriented, non-technological research outside the disciplinary structure, leads to a strengthening of organisational aspects of knowledge production and, particularly, of a change in quality standards. Quality standards are increasingly defined in intra-organisational or project-dependent and procedural instead of disciplinary terms. The paper is based on fieldwork in several environmental consulting companies that perform a broad, non-disciplinary spectrum of research and consulting. Although they perform government- funded research, neither their organisational structure nor their praxis is oriented towards disciplines. Instead their research focuses on social problems and methods that are translated into research without an intermediary disciplinary filtering. Quality has to be accomplished via non-disciplinary standards. These non-disciplinary standards are all procedural: namely quality management, timesheets and accompanying supervisory groups.

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