Conference: Interdisciplinarity, The New Discipline?

Conference: Interdisciplinarity, The New Discipline?

Celebrating 20 Years in Dumfries - 20th Anniversary Events
Date: Wednesday 04 September 2019 - Thursday 05 September 2019
Time: 09:30 - 18:00
Venue: School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL
Category: Conferences

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies will mark 20 years of the University of Glasgow’s presence at its Dumfries campus with a conference examining interdisciplinarity, its evolving interpretations, histories and uses.

A reception at Maxwell House on the Crichton Campus on the evening of Tuesday 3 September will give delegates the opportunity to meet and make connections with other participants while enjoying light refreshments in a relaxed environment. 

Over the two days the conference will consider a number of key themes including:

The normalisation of interdisciplinary methods, perspectives and discourses within research and educational contexts.

Participants will address the drivers, challenges and opportunities of integrating approaches from different disciplines offered by funding bodies, academic journals and REF panels.

Practitioners from teaching and learning are invited to address the processes by which the difficulties and benefits of teaching mixed disciplinary groups, with their own distinctive discourses and regimes of truth, have been negotiated, embraced and/or abandoned.


Break-out Sessions

As well as keynote and plenary sessions, the conference will also have break-out sessions based on examining interdisciplinarity within discipline-specific, specialist and/or niche research and teaching groups. Each of these will feedback via a convenor at roundtable events during the conference to explore questions to explore what changes have occurred and to what extent has the discourse of interdisciplinarity provided not new approaches to intellectual discovery but a cover for the continuation of existing disciplinary methods.

The types of key points we hope the participants on the specialist sessions will address and the co-ordinator will feedback on are:

  • What do you mean by ‘interdisciplinarity’, how far does it differ or concur with interpretations within your discipline/subject area and how is it manifested?
  • What do different parties view as the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinarity as it is practised in your research or in relation to pedagogical approaches and teaching methods?    
  • To what extent is interdisciplinarity occurring and how do the demands of attracting funding, achieving publication, meeting REF, managerial and institutional demands shape the forms of interdisciplinarity?
  • How are external pressures shaping interdisciplinarity resisted or transcended?
  • What other factors shape the promotion, marginalisation, configuring and normalisation of interdisciplinarity?
  • How, if at all, has ‘interdisciplinarity’ changed your discipline/subject area in general and your practice in particular?
  • What might others from outside your discipline/subject area learn from your experience of interdisciplinarity?

Abstract Submission – Extended Deadline

The deadline for submission of abstracts of 200 words (maximum) proposing paper, presentation or poster has been extended to Wednesday 12 June 2019.  Please send your abstracts to:

Dr Sandy Whitelaw: , Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Policy, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4ZL


Dr Benjamin Franks:, Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Philosophy, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4ZL

For Postgraduate contributors:

  • A £100 prize is offered for the best postgraduate poster
  • A £100 prize is offered for the best postgraduate paper/conference presentation

For details on how to book, contact, 01387 702 013

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