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1st Edition

The Emotional Politics of Research Collaboration

ISBN 9781138952584
Published September 8, 2015 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Research collaboration in the form of networks, projects and centers has become one of the dominant modes of engaging in research, especially funded research, across all academic domains. However, there has been little research on the processes of such collaborations, particularly their affective dimensions. These, as this volume demonstrates and as researchers know well, are highly important, yet mostly not directly engaged with when scientists work together, even though they are experienced by everybody involved.

This volume is the first to consider questions such as how the naming of projects impacts on their accompanying "affect-scapes," the policing or disciplining of emotions in research collaborations, their accompanying tensions and how these might be managed, and the challenges to trust between scientists that such collaborations present. Drawing on theories of affect and literature on collaboration, as well as on the contributors’ experiences of being involved in large-scale research projects, the volume also importantly deals directly with some of the key emotions that occur during research collaborations such as blame, elation, frustration, alienation and belonging, and suggests some ways in which one might engage productively with the affective dimensions of research collaboration.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Gabriele Griffin, with Annelie Bränström-Öhman and Hildur Kalman  Part 1: Emotion and the Lifecycle of Research Collaboration  1. "What's in a Name?" The Affective Dimensions of Naming a Research Collaboration Gabriele Griffin  2. Indispensible and Productive Tensions in Research Collaboration  Hildur Kalman  3. Policing or Disciplining Emotions in Research Collaboration  Ann Öhman  4. Challenges to Trust in Research Collaboration  Hildur Kalman  Part 2: Key Affects in Research Collaboration  5. Blame  Gabriele Griffin  6. The Emotional Politics of Belonging  Anders Johansson, Eva Söderberg and Siv Fahlgren  7. Elation (Envy): Exploring the "Unhappy Archives" of Feminist Research Collaboration  Annelie Bränström-Öhman  8. Experiences of Research Collaboration in ‘Soloist’ Disciplines: On the Importance of Not Knowing and Learning from Affects of Shame, Ambivalence and Insecurity  Maria Jönsson and Anna Rådström  9. Inspiration and Frustration: Unexpected Consequences of Interdisciplinary Exchanges in a Large Research Project  Eva Söderberg 

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Gabriele Griffin holds the Anniversary Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of York.

Annelie Bränström-Öhman is Professor in Literary Studies at the Department of Culture & Media Studies at Umeå University.

Hildur Kalman is Associate Professor in Philosophy of Science and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work at Umeå University.