The aims of the Irish Research Council funded Scholarly Primitives and Renewed Knowledge-Led Exchanges Project (SPARKLE, 2015) were to provide the humanities with an evidence base similar to that provided for scientific disciplines in works such as Karin Knorr Cetina’s 1999 ethnographic study of high energy physics and microbiology labs, “Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge” (Knorr Cetina, 1999).  Nine interviews were carried out with the aim of pinpointing the key moments and milestones of this process.

Key findings are available in Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Scientific Method of the Humanist and How Scholars Read Now: When the Signal Is the Noise