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Cloud Computing and Research

Gestire la propria banca dati bibliografica.

Mendeley è un sistema di gestione di articoli scientifici, che permette la catalogazione di file (di qualunque formato), il reperimento automatico di metadati, l’impaginazione delle citazioni e molto altro. Offre inoltre una pagina pubblica sul web in cui mantenere aggiornato il proprio curriculum accademico.

La partecipazione è libera.

Alla presentazione dei software faranno seguito un’esercitazione pratica e un momento di discussione sulle implicazioni dell’uso delle tecnologie nel lavoro di ricerca nelle Scienze Umane. I partecipanti sono invitati a presentarsi muniti del proprio laptop o tablet.

Questa iniziativa è promossa dal gruppo dei non strutturati del Dipartimento.


Look for it in the Talks page (with additional links):

2014, Nov 12 (h.13:30) – Doctorate Course in Education and Communication Sciences, Department of Human Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, IT: Cloud computing e ricerca. Gestire la propria banca dati bibliografica. With Andrea Mangiatordi. Seminar.

Lasting Teachings from Gregory Bateson

Abstract: Gregory Bateson’s thinking is an enduring source of renovation for our thinking. The deep effects of his writings are here exemplified by four key-words from his philosophical vocabulary: CREATURE, MAP, METAPHOR, and GRACE. The movements correlated with this key-words are explored in the different fields of pedagogy, biographical research, philosophy, natural sciences, psychological care. In consonance with Bateson’s teaching, these fields are connected with each other, and with life and experience. In Bateson, reflections on life, knowledge, storymaking, beauty are joined in a unique and recursive unity that will not stop nourishing itself and more people.

Key words: Gregory Bateson, Epistemology, Learning, Context, Constructivism, Scientific method, Biography, Structure, Nature


Look for it in the Publications page (with additional links):

Bella A, Galimberti A, Serrelli E, Vitale A (2014). Gregory Bateson ha ancora qualcosa da insegnare?. Paradigmi. Rivista di critica filosofica 2/2014: 155-181. ISSN 1120-3404 doi 10.3280/PARA2014-002009 [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/52024]

The goals and conditions of successful interdisciplinarity

In this conceptual analysis, we argue that the contemporary popularity of interdisciplinarity should be complemented by a deeper, critical reflection on its goals and on the conditions for its success. The goal of producing a surplus of knowledge should be interpreted as the production of new ways of thinking, and leave recognizable traces in the involved disciplines. Interdisciplinary success is closely dependent on particular conditions, i.e. an object, a goal, regular shared practices, and the researchers’ capacities for believing in and sticking to specific attidudes. Such conditions should be taken into serious account when interdisciplinary endeavours are planned and selected. We further argue that the highest goal of interdisciplinarity consists in the transformation of society and culture. The goal, related to science’s placement in contemporary society, has to do with the meaning and effects of research. Also to those disciplines that have less familiarity with science politics reflections could and should be challenged and stimulated by the highest goal.


Look for it in the Publications page (with additional links):

Brambilla R, Serrelli E (forthcoming). The goals and conditions of successful interdisciplinarity. Some critical guidelines in planning, managing and evaluating interdisciplinary projects. Paradigmi. Rivista di critica filosofica, in press. ISSN 1120-3404 [http://hdl.handle.net/10281/49695]

The importance of fundamental research for innovation

oggi-coverI am interviewed by Paola Manciagli in the important weekly magazine, Oggi, August 7, 2012, p. 60.

Article title: “Senza i viaggi spaziali non avremmo il mouse”

The idea is that there are many ways, including indirect ones and side-effects, for scientific research to influence our lives. We shouldn’t take technological innovations as the paradigm of scientific research.

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Action Research in the Library

Ilaria Moroni thanks me in her paper:

Moroni I (2011). Action Research in the Library: Method, Experiences, and a Significant Case. Italian Journal of Library and Information Science (JLIS.it). DOI 10.4403/jlis.it-4702.

“Credits for English translation to Emanuele Serrelli, Postdoc, “Riccardo Massa” Department of Human Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca” (p. 4702E-24).

Thanks to Ilaria for her enthusiasm, and for letting me help in this interesting work.

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