Interdisciplinarity. Who? What? How? Why? An Inclusive Interdisciplinary One Day Workshop

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Interdisciplinarity. Who? What? How? Why?
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary One Day Workshop

Monday 14th March and Thursday 17th March 2016
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Goals and Objectives, Introductions
Dr Nancy Billias (includes 1-minute introductions by each participant)

Session 1: Definitions: What is Inter-Disciplinarity?

What does inter-disciplinarity mean? (In and out of the academy, to us)
How is it to be understood as distinct from transdisciplinarity, multi-disciplinarity, cross-disciplinarity?


Why Work Inter-Disciplinarily?

How to make the case for interdisciplinary research: to one's colleagues; one's institution; within one's own discipline; to funding sources
How to make the case for interdisciplinary research in terms of tenure, publications, presentations, annual reports, etc.
How to present to an interdisciplinary group – and/or how to present inter-disciplinarity to a group that is not used to inter-disciplinarity; setting the tone or mindset
Demonstrating success stories highlighting the value of interdisciplinary work


Session 3A: Inter-Disciplinary Research

How is research done in different disciplines: a comparative guide
Why do different disciplines do research: what is the motivation for each discipline, what is the goal or perceived gain?
General how-to techniques/strategies/processes/projects
How to build bridges between academia and practitioners

Delving Questions (to get at the methodological issues)

How to deal with different premises/conceptual assumptions/cultural relativism when working across disciplines?
What does 'history' mean from the standpoint of different disciplines? A 'historical analysis' has often meant looking at a concept from the standpoint of economics or sociology (for example). Is history an explanation, an analysis, a critique, a linear overview, a matter of perspective and/or privilege, or ?
How do different disciplines deal with questions of ethics?
How to manage inter-disciplinary conflict


Session 3B: Inter-Disciplinary Methodologies: How To…

Depending on participant interest, this afternoon session will focus on such topics as: inter-disciplinary reviewing and inter-disciplinary teaching, and/or inter-disciplinary evaluation and assessment. We will use the format of session 3, applying it to

Close of day; next steps

The cost of the workshop is £85: this includes

~ welcome drink
~ morning coffee and buscuits
~ 2 course lunch
~ afternoon coffee and biscuits
~ drinks reception
~ water in the room

We regret that as a not-for-profit network Inter-Disciplinary.Net is not in a position to offer participants funding or fee waivers. Participants are responsible for covering all costs connected with their attendance.

Further Information and How to Apply, please visit the workshop website:

For further information about the day, please send an email entitled "Interdisciplinary Workshop Enquiry" to
The message should include name, professional affiliation, email address and a brief personal statement explaining your interest in the workshop. We acknowledge all emails within a week of receipt; if you do not hear from us, please re-send your message.

Booking a place on the workshop for either date should be done by Friday 30th January 2016 using the official booking form.

About the Workshop Leader
Nancy Billias brings an extremely inter-disciplinary background to her work with IDN. In addition to a PhD in Continental Philosophy, she holds graduate degrees in Biblical Theology, Psychoanalytic Theory and Pastoral Counselling. Prior to becoming Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saint Joseph, a 20-year career in social work gave her the opportunity to work in adoption services, refugee resettlement and Deaf services, as well as providing counselling to individuals and couples. Nancy is skilled in research in both the social sciences and humanities, and is always seeking ways to bring disparate people and ideas together.