While this word originally indicates violations of existing rules or norms, it is often used in the context that an actor or set of actors moves beyond or crosses borders in terms of e.g. disciplinary boundaries or well-established methodologies etc., and transgression may even bridge disciplines.

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  1. Maria Theresa Norn

    For me this term has very negative connotations. Perhaps we could consider an alternative that send a more positive signal about interdisciplinarity? e.g. transcending boundaries, crossing boundaries, border-crossing, bridging disciplines,

  2. Elisa Vecchione

    I agree

  3. Prof. LUCIA BARLEAN Phd - Romania

    Transgression, correctly defined as an act that goes past set limits or breaks a law
    , can represent, in scientific research domain, a dangerous failure to accomplish duties or cheating on applied research method or data processing. It may also include violation of relational rules between people with important consequences on final results of action .

  4. Matej

    or e.g. well established methodologies, theories

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  6. Maria Helena Guimarães

    I personally do not use this term and do not think that it is exclusive of ID or TD but I agree with the definition

  7. Risto Vilkko

    In my opinion, this is not necessarily a negative term. Typically a paradigm change involes transgressing norms and boundaries, traditional methods, perspectives and customs. Also for instance: “The sixties were a time for transgressing limits”.

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