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Felix M. Bivens

13 Interdisciplinary research programme in Chiapas Felix M. Bivens Context The Interdisciplinary Programme on Human Development was launched in 1995. Members of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UAM) Rural Development Programme had been working in the area for some years before that; however, the rise of the Zapatista movement in 1994 caused these academics to refocus their work under a human development approach ‘oriented towards guaranteed human rights to the whole population’ (Cortez Ruiz, 2003, p. 47). The work of the Human Development programme is

in Knowledge, democracy and action

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a biannual, peer-reviewed publication which draws together the different strands of academic research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or environmental disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Human Remains and Violence invites contributions from scholars working in a variety of fields and interdisciplinary research is especially welcome.

Sara Wong

This article explores some of the challenges, learnings, reflections and opportunities involved in collaborating with grassroots artist collectives in conflict-affected places in academic settings. Using as a case study the collaborative production of the animated short film ‘Colombia’s Broken Peace’, as part of a wider international research project, I reflect on our experiences in co-producing this piece by drawing out lessons that might be relevant for others interested in undertaking similar inter-disciplinary work. In doing so, I aim to re-frame notions of ‘impact’ and ‘capacity building’ in conflict research to a more complex picture of mutual learning and knowledge exchange.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Dissent and the machine

Anti-computing explores forgotten histories and contemporary forms of dissent – moments when the imposition of computational technologies, logics, techniques, imaginaries, utopias have been questioned, disputed, or refused. It also asks why these moments tend to be forgotten. What is it about computational capitalism that means we live so much in the present? What has this to do with computational logics and practices themselves?

This book addresses these issues through a critical engagement with media archaeology and medium theory and by way of a series of original studies; exploring Hannah Arendt and early automation anxiety, witnessing and the database, Two Cultures from the inside out, bot fear, singularity and/as science fiction. Finally, it returns to remap long-standing concerns against new forms of dissent, hostility, and automation anxiety, producing a distant reading of contemporary hostility.

At once an acute response to urgent concerns around toxic digital cultures, an accounting with media archaeology as a mode of medium theory, and a series of original and methodologically fluid case studies, this book crosses an interdisciplinary research field including cultural studies, media studies, medium studies, critical theory, literary and science fiction studies, media archaeology, medium theory, cultural history, technology history.

Experiences from higher education institutions
Felix M. Bivens

covered in detail are: the Master’s in Participation (MAP) at the UK’s Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton (CUPP), the outreach programme at Sewanee, University of the South (US), and the Programa de Investigación Interdisciplinario Desrarrollo Humano en Chiapas (Interdisciplinary Research Programme on Human Development in Chiapas) at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico. In addition to the review of these four programmes, there will be some shorter examples of

in Knowledge, democracy and action
David Larsson Heidenblad

Odén’s second memorandum did function as a springboard, however. It was a discussion paper on how an interdisciplinary research programme should be initiated. The memo argued that ‘the existing scientific data indicate that we are facing a critical point in the development of society’. The study of environmental problems could therefore ‘not be limited to a scientific investigation’. What was required was an ‘integrated research programme’, which would consist of a scientific-technological part and a social

in The environmental turn in postwar Sweden
A new history of knowledge

This book tells the story of how modern environmentalism emerged in postwar Sweden. It shows that the ‘environmental turn’ in Sweden occurred as early as the autumn of 1967 and that natural scientists led the way. The most influential was the chemist Hans Palmstierna, who was both an active Social Democrat and a regular contributor to the nation’s leading morning paper. Thus, he had a unique platform from which to exert influence. Drawing on his rich and previously untapped personal archive, the book explores how popular environmental engagement developed in Sweden. The book also highlights the journalist Barbro Soller, who in the mid-1960s became Sweden’s – and indeed one of the world’s – first environmental journalists. Moreover, it demonstrates how the pioneering historian Birgitta Odén, in collaboration with the Swedish National Defence Research Institute, sought to launch an interdisciplinary research programme based in the humanities and the social sciences as early as 1967–1968. An important conclusion of the book is that environmentalism emerged in Swedish society before there was an actual environmental movement. However, from 1969 onwards new social movements began to alter the dynamics. Hence, by the time the United Nations arranged the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972, environmental knowledge had become a source of conflict between rival interests. The environmental turn in postwar Sweden is the first full-length study to emerge from the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK), and demonstrates how its specific take on the history of knowledge enhances historical scholarship.

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Singing or speaking or both?
Håkan Lundström
Jan-Olof Svantesson

dissertation in musicology in 1999, with a focus on his technique of re-creating vocal expressions in the mono-melodic tradition of his home area. 24 These results were prerequisites for the ‘Borderland’ project. There was thus a long tradition of interdisciplinary research in ethnomusicology and linguistics at Lund University, pretty much in line with the general development of the field; and from the time the ‘Borderland’ project was conceived, around 2009/10, its researchers have played active roles in

in In the borderland between song and speech
Philip Nanton

distrust of literature’ (Fletcher, 2011 : 23). Certainly in the Caribbean there is limited crossover between those who study the ‘hard’ behavioural sciences and those in humanities. As Fletcher points out, this divide impedes interdisciplinary research and inhibits dialogue with related fields, for example postcolonial studies. Beyond the boundary observed by Fletcher, frontier

in Frontiers of the Caribbean
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Santiago Waria: Pueblo Grande de Wigka is a site-specific theatre play that was realised in the context of interdisciplinary research in which history, anthropology and urban cultural studies were articulated, eventually developing a montage about Mapuche life in the city of Santiago. The term ‘site-specific’ is used in the arts for works that are created in , for and through a specific place, most often the same in which they are then exhibited. During the creative process, both

in Performing the jumbled city