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Trading Zones and Interactional ExpertiseCreating New Kinds of Collaboration$
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Michael E. Gorman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014724

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014724.001.0001

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Embedding the Humanities in Engineering: Art, Dialogue, and a Laboratory

Embedding the Humanities in Engineering: Art, Dialogue, and a Laboratory

(p.209) 10 Embedding the Humanities in Engineering: Art, Dialogue, and a Laboratory
Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise

Erik Fisher

Roop L. Mahajan

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the development of two interdisciplinary trading zones in which the authors participated: (1) An initial year in which they developed the notion of “humanistic engineering” in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science; and (2) a thirty-three-month period in which one of the authors functioned as an “embedded humanist” at the Thermal and Nanotechnology Laboratory. In both cases, they sought to integrate the divergent perspectives of engineering and the humanities in order to enhance the ability of engineers—in undergraduate, graduate, and ultimately professional contexts—to engage in productive, self-critical inquiry.

Keywords:   interdisciplinary trading zones, humanistic engineering, humanities

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