By Laura Norton, Giulia Sonetti and Mauro Sarrica
How do inter- and trans- disciplinary researchers talk about themselves? Do these narratives disrupt the status-quo and help integrate inter- and trans- disciplinarity into current academic institutions?
Below, we describe three narratives that can be applied to how inter- and trans- disciplinary researchers talk about themselves, namely as:
- Refugees in sanctuaries
- Navigators of shifting borders.
Heroes or the individual escape narrative
This narrative sees inter- and trans- disciplinarity as an individual escape. It focuses on internal characteristics that act as drivers to leave a disciplinary context, which is a box, a silo, a shape that hinders researchers’ ways of conceiving and doing science.