Thursday, May 6 – Saturday, May 8, 2021

Grabenkämpfe und Brückenschläge. Interdisziplinarität in der Praxis

Entrenchment or Rapprochement? Interdisciplinarity in Practice

Conception: Andrea Albrecht, Heidelberg, und Franziska Bomski, Potsdam
with: Nan Z. Da, Notre Dame; Gabriele Dürbeck, Vechta; Merve Emre, Oxford; Yvonne Ilg, Zürich; Julie Thompson Klein, Detroit; Anke Maatz, Zürich; Dennis Mischke, Potsdam; Oliver Müller, Freiburg i.Br.; Peter Weingart, Bielefeld; Rüdiger Zill, Potsdam

For decades now, being interdisciplinary has promised academic success, while focus on single disciplines, once wellsprings of innovation, has seemed myopic. But under what conditions has interdisciplinary work actually led to insights equally recognized by specialists on all sides? The question is particularly pertinent to collaborations between fields as disparate as the humanities and the natural sciences. How can the interdisciplinary-minded minimize the risk of dilettantism? What role is played by the compatibility of disciplinary norms? What kinds of cooperation are most effective? What interests does opening the humanities to the hard empirical disciplines serve? What are some examples, past and present, where interdisciplinarity has borne fruit? What are some examples where it has not?

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Simultaneous translation of German talks will be available.
Times refer to CET.