Public Knowledge Journal CFP 5.2 - On the Practices and Challenges of Interdisciplinarity
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Call for Papers: On the Practices and Challenges of Interdisciplinarity
Public Knowledge Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2014)
The practice of “interdisciplinarity” remains problematic despite the widespread popularity of the notion of interdisciplinary existing as a subject of knowledge. Although interdisciplinary academic programs have been gaining a significant amount of traction over the past few decades, what interdisciplinarity looks like in practice remains unclear. What is evident is that the goal of interdisciplinary scholarship involves the process of answering complex questions and solving problems that cannot be addressed within the bounds of a discipline. It can be said, then, that all scholarship embodies the spirit of interdisciplinarity. In this way, we understand interdisciplinary practice as the integration of insights from multiple domains of knowledge to produce a more holistic analysis of the most pressing contemporary challenges.
Given the problematique of interdisciplinarity, to commemorate its fifth year of publication, Public Knowledge Journal welcomes submissions on the theme: “On The Practices and Challenges of Interdisciplinarity.”
Many critical questions arise, including:
● In what ways is interdisciplinary scholarship being exercised across the Virginia Tech campus and beyond?
● If it is true that there are no pure disciplinary constructions, then why do interdisciplinary degree programs continue to proliferate?
● Why does the divide between disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs persist? How may we begin to reconcile this divide?
● What are the challenges and opportunities of conducting interdisciplinary research?
● How should we theorize interdisciplinarity?
● What/Where are the spaces of resistance to manufactured disciplinary boundaries? And how might they impact future disciplinary limitations/directions?
● In what ways can interdisciplinarity be mobilized, contended with, and confronted?
● What are “disciplines” and where do their limits lie? Why do we perpetuate a distinction between the “natural” and “social” sciences?
Keeping in mind the above questions, this issue envisions a critical discussion on the practice of interdisciplinarity. Possible themes might include, but are not limited to, the following:
● The importance of interdisciplinary pedagogies and academic programs;
● Geographical perspectives on spaces and flows;
● Research and knowledge in action: the applied social sciences;
● Economics, politics, and their social effects;
● Applicability of interdisciplinary perspectives to practical global challenges;
● Environmental and resource sustainability challenges;
● Food systems;
● The changing political, economic, and cultural relations within the international system in the modern era.
The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2013. Please direct submissions and inquiries to Jennifer L. Lawrence or Stefanie Georgakis Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(540)231-5681 Email: email@example.com
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