Workshop: Interdisciplinary science

An interdisciplinary research attitude implies various methodological challenges and possibilities. It is a request for a democratic learning culture, the combination of internal–external analysis, and the rethinking of quantitative and qualitative analysis and data. The purpose of the workshop is to address the concepts and usefulness of multi-, inter and transdisciplinarity in the social sciences (or, in general, in research work).

Teacher: Professor Jussi Pakkasvirta

Time and place: Friday 02.03 10-14, U40 Lecture Room 2

Instructions for the workshop: Read especially the texts by Barry and Pakkasvirta. The instruction from the Academy of Finland is foremostly intended for informational purposes, of special interst is the first part.

Be prepared to discuss the relations between your own research project and questions concerning interdisciplinarity. The workshop will consist of discussion of the place of interdisciplinarity within the participants projects, lecturing and discussion of the texts read.

To get the credits (8 credits for the whole course): the workshop material may either be integrated within the other parts of the course (se course home page), or, if more suitable, dealt with separately in the form of a separate workshop-diary or short essay.


Andrew Barry, Georgina Born and Gisa Weszkalnys: “Logics of interdisciplinarity”, Economy and Society, Volume 37 Number 1 February 2008: 20−49; BARRY et al Logics of Interdisciplinarity

Jussi Pakkasvirta: “Interdisciplinarity, Theory and Method in Latin American Studies”, Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, forthcoming; Pakkasvirta_Iberoamericana_2011_final

(optional): Henrik Bruun, Janne Hukkinen,  Katri Huutoniemi, Julie K. Klein: Promoting Interdisciplinary Research. The Case of the Academy of Finland, Publication of the Academy of Finland 8/05; Immanuel Wallerstein: “Open the Social  Sciences. Report of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring  of the Social Sciences”, Stanford Univ.  Press. 8_05 Promoting Interdisciplinary Research_ The Case of the Academy of Finland

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