Humanities and Technology – Multiple Sources for New Forms of Knowledge Production? The Work Processes of the Interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‘Art and Technology’

By Kerstin Stiewe, Thomas von Borstel, Daniel Jarr, Katrin Klitzke, Christian Lechelt, Annett Mickel, Kerstin Schaefer, Mirjam Schubert, Julia Weiss and Stephan Zech.

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The disciplines architecture, art history, cultural anthropology, engineering and literary studies are part of the interdisciplinary research training group “Art and Technology”. The process of combining these disciplines in working together as well as alongside each other has been going on for more than six years now. The focus of this group is not only to support excellent dissertation projects which feature interdisciplinary approaches within their individual discipline, but also to enhance the discussion, clarification and practical application of the term ‘interdisciplinarity’. This includes a continuous discussion of the methodology necessary to enable cooperative work processes in such a heterogeneous group. Also, finding a suitable, practicable way of communicating is another important aspect. The dissertation projects presented here belong to all disciplines present in the “Art and Technology”-group. The students will show and explain the intersections and parallels of their individual works and how the interdisciplinary approach influences their own research. The challenges and difficulties that come with the interdisciplinary demand concerning this group will be discussed, including the methodology applied. This also includes the description of how these factors have been handled so far and how the group intends to continue its interdisciplinary work.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Methodology, Communication, Practice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Research, Research Training Group, Art and Technology, Architecture, Art History, Cultural Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Civil, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Literary Studies, Cooperative Work Process

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.126KB).

Dr. Kerstin Stiewe

Postdoctoral Fellow, DFG Research Training Group 'Art and Technology', Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany

Thomas von Borstel

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany

Daniel Jarr

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany

Katrin Klitzke

University of Hamburg (UHH), Hamburg, Germany

Christian Lechelt

University of Hamburg (UHH), Hamburg, Germany

Annett Mickel

HafenCity University (HCU), Hamburg, Germany

Kerstin Schaefer

University of Hamburg (UHH), Hamburg, Germany

Mirjam Schubert

University of Hamburg (UHH), Hamburg, Germany

Julia Weiss

University of Hamburg (UHH), Hamburg, Germany

Stephan Zech

HafenCity University (HCU), Hamburg, Germany


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