You know the old joke – “I’m a sex object. I ask for sex, and people object”? No, well, now you do…
Boundary objects are, according to wikipedia – “In sociology, a boundary object is information, such as specimens, field notes, and maps, used in different ways by different communities. Boundary object are plastic, interpreted differently across communities but with enough immutable content to maintain integrity. The concept was introduced by Susan Leigh Star and James R. Griesemer in a 1989 publication (p. 393)”
So, it’s a very clever name for a bunch of new doctors…
Boundary Objects was founded in the summer of 2013 by a group of recent PhD graduates. Life outside of the Ivory Tower can be difficult: publishing our research, finding work, staying in the academic ‘loop’. We decided that we needed a support group. Boundary Objects is an international network for early career researchers working with museums and collections, run by and for its members. It is free of any institutional affiliation, allowing it to operate purely in the interests of its members.
We seek to support members in three key ways:
by facilitating research and collaboration by providing opportunities online (and hopefully in the future) in person, for members to meet, share ideas and develop new projects together;
by campaigning for the interests of early career researchers;
by offering informal guidance, mentoring, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on when academic life gets tough.
The network is (yet) unfunded and run on an entirely voluntary basis. Our passion is to support those with similar concerns to our own.
And they have some corking advice about how to raise your profile in and outside academia.