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.
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