Concluding the Items series “Interdisciplinarity Now,” Ron Kassimir returns to some of its key themes—the distinction between interdisciplinarity as an abstract concept and how it looks in practice, and the relationship of the disciplines to interdisciplinary work. Kassimir discusses the continuities and breaks over time in the way interdisciplinarity is imagined. The growth of knowledge on how interdisciplinary research actually works (and when it doesn’t), exemplified in the contributions to the series, should inform how scholars “do” interdisciplinarity going forward.
Over the coming months,Items将在跨学科的意义和用途方面具有一系列关于跨学科的含义和用途的思考，偶尔是跨学科性和学科之间的关系的偶尔感知性质，分析跨学科本身的实践，以及更多。
Originally published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and republished in Items & Issues in 2000 to kick off a symposium, Ken Wissoker’s piece examines the definition of interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary research at the turn of the twenty-first century. He finds interdisciplinary research to be a balance between disciplines, one which is under tension from myriad forces, but in particular a territorial impulse, whether conscious or unconscious, to claim the primacy of one’s discipline. To work at the borders of disciplines, Wissoker concludes, scholars must be willing to face their own disciplinary biases.
跨学科义务作为协作问题框架经过Eduardo S. Brondizio
Building on past contributions to our “Interdisciplinarity Now” series, Eduardo Brondizio emphasizes that interdisciplinary collaboration is fundamentally a reflexive intellectual and social process. Drawing from his own research and teaching experiences in environmental anthropology, Brondizio argues that disciplines, as domains of knowledge production, can serve as productive platforms of interdisciplinary work even as disciplinary organizational structures can be obstacles. A diversity of perspectives and approaches, even when in tension with each other, is essential for understanding fundamentally complex problems such as the environment.
Gaurav Desai通过反映了他对安理会最大的奖学金竞争的选择小组，国际论文研究奖学金（IDRF）计划来贡献我们的“跨学科现在”系列。Desai highlights a number of elements that make a research project interdisciplinary—drawing on the conceptual frameworks and methods of multiple disciplines (especially those fields not immediately proximate to one’s home discipline) and framing the research in ways that would resonate across a range of fields and approaches.
Remapping Social Science Debates in Latin America: The Role of the SSRC经过杰里米阿德尔曼andMargarita Fajardo
部分基于研究中心的档案,杰里米阿德尔曼and Margarita Fajardo chronicle an important moment in both the history of social science and the political economy of Latin America—the Council’s Joint Committee on Latin American Studies' work on the roots of bureaucratic authoritarianism. Through the 1970s, an interdisciplinary network of scholars from across the Americas interrogated the political and economic dimensions of military rule in Latin America. At the same time, insights from Latin American social science both informed the democratic transitions to come and reshaped research agendas in US scholarship.
Spatializing Social Research: Locating Peace after Mass Violence经过Delia Duong Ba Wendel
Delia Wendel, a fellow of the SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship program, demonstrates how spatial and social research strategies can be combined through her work in post-genocide Rwanda. Wendel’s contribution engages issues raised in our "Interdisciplinarity Now" theme through a critical analysis of Rwanda’s villagization policy as part of its peacebuilding efforts after a devastating civil war. Wendel’s work speaks directly to the concerns of the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and its blog Kujenga Amani.
Gender Equity and Interdisciplinary Collaboration经过Laurel Smith-DoerrandJennifer Croissant
Based on intensive research in interdisciplinarity in the natural sciences, Laurel Smith-Doerr and Jennifer Croissant engage the question of gender differences in the practice of interdisciplinary collaboration. This is a topic that receives relatively little attention, and the authors identify mixed signals for women scientists—a catch-22 in which women are, often simultaneously, expected to work in interdisciplinary ways (partly due to gender stereotypes), while also advised that doing so is too risky for career development.
Interdisciplinarity, Climate Change, and the Native’s Point of View经过托德桑德斯andElizabeth F. Hall.
托德桑德斯and Elizabeth Hall bring our debates about interdisciplinarity to climate change, a major global issue for which the need for interdisciplinary perspectives is taken for granted. How, they ask, “do we imagine and practice 'interdisciplinarity’ to save the planet?” The authors describe and critique a range of contrasting modalities for doing interdisciplinary work on climate change and the assumptions under which they operate. Sanders and Hall also reflect on the complexities of studying interdisciplinarity when its practitioners and observers are part of the same milieu—both being “natives” in the world of research.