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Interdisciplinarity and Material Politics

Two books from Andrew Barry

Interdisciplinarity and Material Politics

Professor Andrew Barry presented an "inaugural seminar" to the department on 8th October on The Problem of Interdisciplinarity.

It was based on the ideas presented in his recent book, Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences, co-edited with Professor Georgina Born (Oxford) and published by Routledge in June. In this, contributors address attempts to promote collaboration between the natural sciences/engineering and the social sciences, arts and humanities The collection interrogates how interdisciplinarity has come to be seen as a solution not only to enhancing relations between science and society, but also to the pursuit of accountability and the need to foster innovation

See: http://www.guilfordpress.co.uk/books/details/9780415578929/

Andrew’s other new book, Material Politics: Disputes along the Pipeline (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), is to be published in November.

This presents a theoretical approach to political geography which reveals the paradoxical relationship between materials and politics. Political disputes have come to revolve, not around objects in isolation, but around ever-growing quantities of information about their performance, origins, and impact.

The book presents the example of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, a fascinating experiment in transparency and corporate social responsibility, which has had widespread negative political impact.

See: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111852912X.html


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