KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:
1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.
2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.
3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.
- The presentation language is English.
- If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.
STS Researchers as ‘Technology’: Leveraging Positionality to Understand Interdisciplinary Dynamics
Science and technology studies (STS) researchers integrated in interdisciplinary research projects learn important lessons of collaboration dynamics by analysing the ‘lived experience’ of the research participants. Previous approaches of STS researchers included laboratory studies and reimagining the collaborative process as a research method. However, previous research on interdisciplinary projects repeatedly cite the same challenges, indicating that more sharing of this lived experience is needed. My research builds on previous STS ethnographies to conceptualise my role as an STS researcher into a producer of data and data collection tool, or a research ‘technology’. This account demonstrates how approaching my role in the collaboration as a ‘technology’ lead to understandings of power dynamics and what is understood as ‘good research’ across disciplines. These findings, revealed by the STS researcher as a producer of data, help us understand how individuals appraise interdisciplinarity, setting realistic expectations to address future interdisciplinary collaborations more deliberately.
Keywords: Interdisciplinary collaboration; reflexivity; research methodology; science and technology studies; autoethnography