Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS)

The Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly the Association for Integrative Studies) is “an interdisciplinary professional organization founded in 1979 to promote the interchange of ideas among scholars and administrators in all of the arts and sciences on intellectual and organizational issues related to furthering integrative studies”. US based, it has an international membership. Some of the main aims of the association are as follows:

  • “Promotes the interchange of ideas among a diverse community of scholars, teachers, administrators, and the public regarding interdisciplinarity and integration”;
  • Advocates best practice in teaching and research;
  • “Advances the exploration of key terms and seeks out new theoretical models that further the understanding of interdisciplinarity and integration”;
  • “Sustains the development of real-world applications of interdisciplinarity and integration”;
  • “Supports the development of strategies for strengthening the role of interdisciplinarity and integration within (and beyond) the Academy.”

The association hosts a listserv, a newsletter and a Facebook page and provides various resources on its website.

Journal: Issues in Integrative Studies

Conference: hosts an annual conference in the USA (although the conference was held in Europe for the first time in 2019), usually in October

Resource repository: https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/rick-szostak/research/about-interdisciplinarity

Website: http://wwwp.oakland.edu/ais/

Posted: July 2008
Last modified: November 2019