Quotation Bärnthaler, Richard. 2020. Conflict, Controversy, Compromise, and Compression: The Pragmatics of Transdisciplinary (Development) Projects. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies. 13 (2), 193-210.




Drawing upon qualitative interviews, this article narrates some central controversies and conflicts that scholars in the field of ‘development’ face in their daily work. Based on how such conflicts and controversies have been reconstructed, I place them in a discourse on transdisciplinarity, drawing into question the claims to authority and novelty around the term ‘transdisciplinarity’ that Western institutions have attributed to themselves in recent years. I also address the question of collaboration: How can transdisciplinary projects deal with the fact of pluralism, on the one hand, and the necessity to work towards shared problem definitions, and strategies, on the other hand? In this context, I make a case against transdisciplinarity’s oft-cited conceptions of harmony, comprehensiveness, totality, and unity; and a case for conflict, compromise, partiality, and joint contextual strategies.The “art of deliberation” thus replaces the notion of transcendence as a central competence of transdisciplinary scholars.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
Language English
Title Conflict, Controversy, Compromise, and Compression: The Pragmatics of Transdisciplinary (Development) Projects
Volume 13
Number 2
Year 2020
Page from 193
Page to 210
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-0038
DOI https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-0038
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-0038


Bärnthaler, Richard (Details)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5364 Project management (Details)
5962 Development cooperation (Details)
5964 Scientific research (Details)
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