Interdisciplinarity: an overview

This video overview of interdisciplinarity identifies major developments over a century of work in an expanding variety of contexts, the communities of practices that emerged, and current trendlines. (Interdisciplinarity is nearing its 100th anniversary, dating from the earliest documented uses of the term in the early 20th century.)

The overview then weighs implications of common keywords across movements, including “system,” “complexity,” “team,” “management,” and “integration.” At a time of declining resources, it is all the more crucial that networking occurs across established and newer communities of practice. Cooperation and collaboration are key to establishing a global knowledge base that respects both shared needs and particularities of context while crafting more integrative relationships of research and education, problem solving and critique.

Video (32 minute): “Interdisciplinarity Then, Now, and Into Networked Futures” presented by Julie Thompson Klein was a plenary talk at the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation held in Canberra in Australia, online and at three co-conferences (Lueneburg in Germany, The Hague in the Netherlands and Montevideo in Uruguay), 8-11 September 2013. The Microsoft PowerPoint presentation from the video is available as a PDF (900KB).

Handout: 2 page handout referred to in Julie Thompson Klein’s video (PDF 139KB).



Posted: October 2014
Last modified: June 2015