Thanks Roger for this great topic! "Doing and Studying International Collaboration in the Science and the Humanities": it's actually what I am researching.
Indeed I am currently undertaking an Mphil/PhD in Arts Management/policies at Birkbeck (University of London – supervised by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Dr. Isabelle Fremeaux and Dr. Roger Malina) looking at the different models of collaborations between visual artists and scientists in Europe. (Comparative study – case studies)
I am particularly interested in the geopolitical context of the artist/scientist collaboration and its impact on the model itself. For example how policies could shape the format of the residence/collaboration.
Patrick, in your paragraph 2, you asked if we should follow the "science model" to develop models for humanities/social science. Which model are you referring to? It does not seem to be one unique model but many models developed by the organizations themselves or a third party organization.
Patrick, you also questioned if it was worth having a collaborative culture. I guess most of us would say yes, simply because we believe in inter/cross/meta/pluri/multi/disciplinarity. However what does "worth" refer to? Are we talking financially, intellectually, temporally…? How do we evaluate the success of collaborations? Which criteria should we look at?
In my opinion, the key of the success of collaborations lies in their model/framework, which must be adapted to the geopolitical context of the collaborations. It is also something which should have some flexibility in order to let space for creativity and for personalities. A great framework should also be able to change over time in order to take into consideration new technologies for example. Obviously my thesis will look at all these points in more details and compare the different models in Europe.
Do you know any collaboration between artists and scientists, which works very well in your opinion?
Sometimes we solely focus on what works but I am also particularly interested in collaborations, which did not work as we can learn a lot through them. Why didn't it work? What could have been done differently? Did this bad experience stop you working in collaborations with other artists or scientists?
> Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 09:03:26 +0200
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> Subject: [Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: FW: International Collaboration in the Sciences and Humanities
> From: Patrick McCray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: International Collaboration in the Sciences and Humanities
> I'd like to thank Roger Malina for setting up this Yasmin discussion. My
> interest is two-fold:
> 1. What do we know about the nature of large scale international
> collaborations in the sciences? This is more of a historical or sociological
> question, it would seem, but I would be curious about insights from all
> disciplines. We tend to think of these collaborations as originating at
> places like CERN, NASA, ESA, and so on...are there counterparts in other
> fields? How have they worked? I am especially curious about the
> transnational aspects - scientific knowledge doesn't normally respect
> boundaries but crosses national borders with ease.
> 2. I am also curious about how (or whether) we should try to foster greater
> international collaborations in the future for the humanities or social
> sciences. Should models from science be our models? I ask this, in part,
> because I am affiliated with a major national research center at UCSB -
> Center for Nanotechnology in Society - which, as one of its goals, promotes
> large-scale international/collaborative research into the societal
> implications of emerging technologies. My interest in the ITER project also
> makes me wonder if something similar could be done as a transnational
> research project between US and European social scientists, looking at the
> place this megaproject will occupy in the south of France and Europe in
> general. How can we create a collaborative culture in the same way that
> physicists and astronomers have done this? Is this worth doing? How could we
> bring artists into the process?
> I look forward to the discussion...cheers,
> Patrick McCray
> W. Patrick McCray
> Professor &
> Co-PI/Executive Committee Member for the
> UCSB Center for Nanotechnology in Society
> Department of History
> University of California, Santa Barbara
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