I find it hard to express quite how drawn I am to this conception offered by Robert Frodeman in Sustainable Knowledge, loc 665:
There is another model possible. It is where the interdisciplinarian goes feral, largely abandoning his or her disciplinary roots. It’s an entrepreneurial approach where one circulates among a changing roster of partners –not too quickly, for experience and trust must be built up –with only occasional visits back to one’s reference community to check in on new insights and to recruit fellow travelers.
He’s contrasting this to a model of interdisciplinarity in which these nascent experts collectively construct the trappings of a new discipline for themselves.
I’m struck by how readily social media affords such feral behaviour. The same medium and long term constraints operate, mediated through the mechanisms of career progression, but the short term ones have loosened profoundly as all manner of new opportunities have opened up.
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