Interdisciplinarity: International Boundary Work
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An Emeritus Academy colloquium presentation by Julie Thompson Klein, WSU English and ETH Zürich Transdisciplinarity Lab
Abstract: Interdisciplinarity is not new but has undergone significant resurgence in recent decades, amplified by the ascendancy of transdisciplinarity. Klein will begin with a thumbnail sketch of the history of inter- and trans-disciplinarity that has led to not only greater interest and investments in crossdisciplinary academic work but also cross-sector bridging of the academy, industry, government, and communities in the North and Global South. She will document growing momentum from reports of major science-policy, research, and educational bodies from across the globe then illustrate the international scope of research with examples from two forthcoming volumes: her authored book Beyond Interdisciplinarity: Boundary Work, Communication, and Collaboration (Oxford University Press, spring 2021) and co-edited collection with Bianca Vienni Baptista Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity (Routledge, 2022). Case studies in the two volumes span Russia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America, Australia, and Asia.
In addition to appointments at Wayne State and ETH-Zurich, Julie Thompson Klein has been Visiting Foreign Professor in Japan, Fulbright professor in Nepal, Foundation Visitor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Visiting Professor and Mellon Fellow at the University of Michigan, and Distinguished Woman Scholar in residence at the University of Victoria. Her authored and co/edited books include Interdisciplinarity, Interdisciplinary Studies Today; Crossing Boundaries; Transdisciplinarity; Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College; Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity; Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures; and Interdisciplining Digital Humanities. She was also Associate Editor of The Oxford Handbook on Interdisciplinarity. Volume 37: No. 2 of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies journal is devoted to “The Work of Julie Thompson Klein,” with articles from scholars worldwide engaging her writings on interdisciplinary theory and practice, institutional change, boundary work, digital humanities, team science, and transdisciplinarity.
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