Groningen, Netherlands

Navigating Research Boundaries: Disciplines, Methodologies, Environments, Identities

online course
when 17 May 2021 - 21 May 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 110

This summer school will offer a unique environment to explore what going beyond different research boundaries means and entails for you and your research. Ecological crises, competing ethno-nationalisms, microbial pandemics, and rising inequalities are some of the seemingly intractable problems that many communities face today. Where researchers are engaging with these multiscalar and interwoven phenomena, disciplinary, methodological, and sectoral silos seem woefully inadequate. Yet, academic research that is undertaken to make sense of and alleviate some of these challenges often continue to be bound to disciplinary and methodological perspectives, and to specific (academic) environments. This is compounded by the comfort that “we” as research practitioners find in holding on to “our” professional identities and familiar ideological territories.

We hold that only research that thinks and acts beyond such boundaries is adequate to seriously grapple with the challenges that these multiplying crises pose to current ways of knowing and acting. “We” researchers must embrace the discomfort emerging from the possibility that our familiar methodologies may simply be mirroring or (re)producing the inequities we seek to challenge. To move beyond this, we propose that as researchers we must cultivate an openness that centres affect (anger, anxiety, grief, sadness, but also joy and happiness), epistemological uncertainty, and careful attention to the environments and relations in which we conduct our work. Honesty and mess must be at the heart of our intellectual creation if we are to meaningfully traverse and reconfigure research boundaries and the worlds and relations we inhabit.

This summer school offers space to explore what might enable such approaches in your own research, to aid reflection on relevant questions, methodologies, disciplines, as well as the challenges and discomforts that may emerge. The programme is designed to take you through the different aspects involved in negotiating research boundaries and to equip you with the skills necessary to embark on your inter- and trans-disciplinary research journey.

The week-long summer course will take place online and will combine lectures, small group discussions, group, and solo work.

Course leader

Dr. Geetha Reddy

Target group

hD or advanced research (such as 2nd year ReMa) students who are conducting or interested in conducting inter and transdisciplinary are invited to apply. 25 students will be selected to participate. Participants will be assigned to a tutor who they will work with throughout the week in small groups.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

1. show a deep understanding of challenges involved in engaging in inter and transdisciplinary research
2. approach these challenges with openness and confidence
3. utilise various strategies in managing these challenges
4. adopt a reflexive and critical perspective of different disciplines, methodologies, environments, and identities related to your own research projects

Credits info

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 110: Students from University of Groningen & other institutions
EUR 50: Students from Non-OECD countries


Five student scholarships will be offered to students who indicate their interest in receiving a full waiver of school fees in their motivation letters.

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