In 2022 it will be 10 years since the first students enrolled at Aalborg University’s new master program in Techno-Anthropology – an interdisciplinary program combining engineering/technical sciences and humanities/social sciences. This anniversary provides a good opportunity for reflecting on and assessing the proclaimed interdisciplinarity. Hence, this chapter discusses the practical possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration between engineering/technical sciences on the one hand, and social sciences/humanities on the other through a concrete case study of the techno-anthropological master program at Aalborg University in Denmark. The research question addressed here is whether Techno-Anthropology is an example of a successful combination of two different epistemic cultures? To answer this, the chapter introduces the concept of boundary objects. It portrays the techno-anthropological landscape, identifies two visions for the master program and links the concept of boundary objects to the curriculum of Techno-Anthropology. The chapter concludes that the curriculum of the master program in Techno-Anthropology is a boundary object so fluid that it enables interdisciplinary collaboration between two different research groups with different visions for Techno-Anthropology. The two visions are headlined as ‘to engage technical experts and users in conversation and to translate technology-user perspectives into technical design’ and ‘to discover the complexity of technologies through online and offline ethnographic work, and to feed that understanding into technological innovation’.
|Titel||Engineering, Social Science, and the Humanities : Has Their Conversation Come of Age?|
|Redaktører||Steen Hyldgaard, Anders Buch, Eddie Conlon, Christelle Didier, Carl Mitcham, Mike Murphy|
|Publikationsdato||17 jan. 2023|
|Status||Udgivet - 17 jan. 2023|
|Navn||Philosophy of Engineering and Technology|