Interdisciplinary research and nature-society interactions

Georgeta Stoica (Centre Universitaire de Recherche et Formation (CUFR) de Mayotte)
Bruno Delesalle (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)
Roberta Raffaetà
Start time:
23 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Through a discussion of interdisciplinary research on the socio-ecological systems, this panel addresses questions about the forms of anthropological knowledge production trying to see how the other disciplines (ecology, biology, economics etc.) engage with anthropological knowledge.

Long abstract:

Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword in the academia and now more than ever research projects are built on interdisciplinary collaborations. Especially researches focusing on nature-society interactions experienced a need of interdisciplinary approaches and opened new spaces of collaboration between ecologists, biologists, anthropologists and not only. It is well known that achieving the goal of working together is not an easy task and often researchers encountered obstacles arising from different methodologies or theories. Through a discussion of interdisciplinary research on socio-ecological systems, we will address questions about the forms of anthropological knowledge production. This panel invites papers that ethnographically enhance knowledge about particular cases that are based on interdisciplinary research in order to explore some of the following questions: What role do researchers with different scientific backgrounds play in the interdisciplinary research and how the collaboration works? What are the advantages and disadvantages of interdisciplinary research? How the other disciplines engage with anthropological knowledge? What kind of "new" interdisciplinary knowledge is produced? How can we integrate the ethnographic data with the data coming from other disciplines? What happens when we have the same research object and different research methodologies?