Ideal-Real-Actual: Models for collaboration between anthropology and computational sciences

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Based on our experiences from ongoing collaborations with computational engineers over the course of six years and two interdisciplinary research projects, with this article we suggest that building of collaborations between anthropology and computational sciences that alter disciplinary boundaries and bridges epistemic differences can be accomplished through three levels of engagement: a shared research project, shared physical spaces, and an engagement in each other’s theoretical universes. Taking empirical point of departure in our colleagues’ attempt to cross the methodological and epistemic divide between engineering and anthropology through game theory, we introduce how the distinction between the ideal, the real and the actual serves not only as a model of our collaborations, but also as a generalizable model for future collaborations across anthropology and computational sciences.
TidsskriftAnthropology in Action
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)9–19
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2023


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  • Collaboration
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