Humanities and Beyond: Exploring the Frontiers of Interdisciplinarity

Date: Friday 27th May 2016

Location: York University, Berrick Saul Building 

Registrations now open!  It's free to attend, but places are limited.


What is it?

Calling all interdisciplinary researchers! Registration is now open for Humanities and Beyond: a unique one day event exploring the challenges and opportunities faced when working across disciplines.

Interdisciplinarity is the buzzword of the moment. However, working between disciplines can be a difficult, isolating experience. By bringing together academics and practitioners from across the Arts and Humanities we hope to build a framework for approaching interdisciplinary projects, and strategies for overcoming common problems.

What will the day include?

This free symposium will explore both the practicalities and theory of conducting interdisciplinary research in the Arts and Humanities. As well as conference papers from researchers working on a diverse range of topics, from architecture to philosophy, the symposium will include:

  • hands-on workshops on funding and publishing for interdisciplinary projects from industry leaders, including Sue Carver, Head of Histories, Cultures and Heritage at AHRC
  • a round table discussion on the future of interdisciplinarity in the University
  • a book proposal clinic with Sarah Campbell, Editorial Director at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • the opportunity to share practical experiences with other peers working in the humanities
  • a key-note address from Dr Robin McKay, philosopher and director of the arts organisation Urbanomic

Why interdisciplinarity?

The humanities departments of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York excel in their commitment to interdisciplinary study. A large proportion of researchers, doctoral and masters students work across a range of disciplinary boundaries, within the humanities and beyond. We are running a symposium day in which students from these universities can share their experiences of interdisciplinary research with each other, and with established academics and practitioners. Students will be able to:
  • Reflect upon the processes and methods of interdisciplinary study
  • Gain knowledge of different  interdisciplinary methodologies
  • Share practical experiences and challenges of interdisciplinary study
  • Explore interdisciplinarity as a concept within and beyond academia, and how it affects day-to-day research

Who is it for?

We welcome all Leeds, Sheffield, and York students and researchers working across interdisciplinary boundaries, whose research includes a humanities subject.   

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