Interdisciplinarity: What, Why, How and Who?
IDN was established in 1999 with one aim: to reinvigorate interdisciplinary dialogue. After several successful years of fostering interdisciplinarity through the organization of conferences and research projects, IDN is now turning its attention and experience to another aspect of the same work: exploring the nuts and bolts of the processes of interdisciplinarity.
We need to delve into the distinctions between inter-, multi-, cross- and trans-disciplinarity. In medicine, for example, “multi-disciplinary team meetings” are an important aspect of patient care, but all the disciplines involved have a medical focus – spiritual and/or emotional care, including art and self-expression, are considered outliers in the healing process. In academia, on the other hand, “trans-disciplinarity” often holds the connotation of being neither fish nor fowl – the significance of its scholarly concentration or application is often unclear and imprecise.
This project, which is central to the organization as a whole, is envisaged as a multi-year venture. During the first year, we will begin to work towards definitions of the topic and the development of research methodologies. The second year will build on the first, and then extend its exploration into the topic of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The third year will begin to look at applications of interdisciplinary thinking in a more global sense. For example, how might an interdisciplinary mindset affect and bring about social transformation?
The 1st Global Conference on Interdisciplinarity will investigate the topic from a broad spectrum of methodological approaches. Interdisciplinarity is too complex a phenomenon to be defined in a prescriptive manner. Therefore, we are putting out a Call for Presentations from practitioners, academicians and professionals working in:
• Education at any level (primary through tertiary and post-graduate; vocational training)
• Health care (including mental health, chronic illness, elderly care, end-of-life care)
• Care of people with disabilities (including special needs children)
• Government and NGOs
• Economics and business
• Religion and spirituality
We have identified several questions for this preliminary set of discussions. This gathering will have a primarily dialogical cast. Participants are required to submit an abstract of 500 words outlining a specific topic or line of inquiry. Rather than presenting papers, participants will be chosen in terms of developing a comprehensive blend of interdisciplinary intersections for examination and review. Our aim is to extend our reach as widely as possible.
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Interdisciplinary Research Methods project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Torture. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 9th October 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Monday 19th October 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted byFriday 5th February 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Interdisciplinary Research Methods Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Nancy Billias: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Fisher: email@example.com
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.