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Series: Science Studies

Interdisciplinarity Again … or Still? PETER WEINGART AND BRITTA PADBERG Interdisciplinarity, the need for it, its uses, how to realize it, why it fails—these and related issues naturally concern the Center for Inter- disciplinary Research (ZiF) which is committed to promote it in its re- search program. When the 100th anniversary of its founder’s (Helmut Schelsky’s) birthday came closer and with it the question how to most fittingly commemorate it, we decided on an academic rather than a purely laudatory format; namely, to once again address problems

chapter 1). One of the concerns of this research context was therefore the collaboration between scholars of different disciplines, which in general is subsumed under the term of interdisciplinarity. This term is itself, however, rarely the subject of reflection, and interdisciplinary research is often regarded as a repository for researchers who were “not quite able to gain a foothold”66 elsewhere (Löffler 66 | Personal translation of: “[…] nicht recht Fuß fassen konnten.” Spaces and Identit ies in Border Regions46 2010: 158). This was the reason for a number of

Interdisciplinarity and the New Governance of Universities PETER WEINGART PRELIMINARY REMARK For decades the call for interdisciplinarity has permeated discourses in science and higher education policy in reaction to an ever faster spe- cialization and institutional differentiation of research and teaching. Yet, it had little or no effect on the level of organization and actual conduct of researchers and teachers. Now there are signs that this may change. Some universities begin to pioneer structural changes that seem to give substance to the

Toward Interdisciplinarity by Design in the American Research University MICHAEL M. CROW AND WILLIAM B. DABARS The establishment of Bielefeld University in 1969 as an interdiscipli- narily structured new “reform” university reflects a vanguard approach to institutional design that contrasts sharply with the entrenchment of most American colleges and universities in conventional disciplinary academic organization. The Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), or Center for interdisciplinary Research—modeled on the Insti- tute for Advanced Study

Criticism or Ressentiment ? Literary Studies and the Politics of Interdisciplinarity Christine A. Knoop Empirical Humanities and Literary Studies In 2011, the New York Times published an exchange between Alex Rosenberg, professor of philosophy at Duke University, and William Egginton, chair of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. In their contributions, Rosenberg and Egginton debated the extent to which the sciences and the humanities respectively contribute to the production of knowledge. Egginton

Law and Literature: Some Reflections upon the Nature of its Interdisciplinarity An Introduction Doris Pichler I. l aW anD lIter ature: a successful InterDIscIPlInary encounter? The question whether Law and Literature can be considered a successful inter- disciplinary encounter or whether it is only an “interdisciplinary illusion”1 as Julie Stone Peters suspected some years ago, runs like a refrain through Law and Literature research. That this discussion cannot be brought to a reasonable end is due to the floating characteristics of

Device Art in Japan and International Nano Art
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Robotic Knitting
Re-Crafting Human-Robot Collaboration Through Careful Coboting
Series: Science Studies
Subjective Appropriations - Institutional Attributions - Socio-Cultural Milieus