Bridging Engineering and Humanities at Techno-Anthropology

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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’.
TitelEngineering, Social Science, and the Humanities : Has Their Conversation Come of Age?
RedaktørerSteen Hyldgaard, Anders Buch, Eddie Conlon, Christelle Didier, Carl Mitcham, Mike Murphy
Antal sider27
Publikationsdato17 jan. 2023
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-031-11600-1
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-031-11601-8
StatusUdgivet - 17 jan. 2023
NavnPhilosophy of Engineering and Technology


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