Interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary research is
becoming more common and their importance is increasingly being
recognized. However, in practice many of these efforts tend to end up
in more or less isolated activities around a common theme. In many
areas where it is becoming more recognized that collaboration around
certain research themes is essential to understand certain phenomena,
it becomes important to develop a vocabulary that all parties involved
can share, and which reflects the essential concepts that are needed to
grasp subject matter. This could contribute to a ‘lingua democratica’,
a cooperative and deliberative means of cross-scientific research.
Within limits, many research disciplines can easily adapt their
regular ‘dialects’. For instance, biology and informatics share a
common framing in mathematics and systems approaches. Likewise,
some disciplines within the social sciences and humanities can find
each other in certain schools of thought or theoretical frameworks.
However, the gap between the natural sciences on one hand and the
social sciences and humanities on the other, is quite problematic, and
in part, this is due to mathematical and graphical orientation of the
former, as opposed to the linguistic orientation of the latter.
This article explores the notion of patterns as means to develop a
graphical vocabulary that may assist in cross-domain research that
includes contributions from both the natural sciences as social
sciences and the humanities. It will be clear that this is targeted for
research themes that take place at the boundaries of the traditional
disciplinary focus. In this article a number of patterns will be
discussed and used to model a discourse on the theme of ‘mental
health’, which is currently being recognized as being a concept at the
interface of biological, psychological and social interactions.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||-|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|