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Mono-, Inter-, Multi-Disciplinarity


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Mono-, Inter-, Multi-Disciplinarity

  1. 1. Mono-, Inter-, Multi-disciplinarity Prof. Sharon Ruston LitSciMed – Event 1 -
  2. 2. Individually: What is your discipline? <ul><li>What is the primary discipline that you work within? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you work within other disciplines too, if so, which? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know what your discipline is? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Groups: individual discipline <ul><li>What are the particular a) ‘concerns’, b) ‘methods’, c) ‘vocabularies’ of your discipline? (Collini, p. lv) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a poster to answer this question using the flip chart. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Two people from each group to move to the next group <ul><li>Are there potential points of comparison between your disciplines as you have described them? </li></ul><ul><li>Would they work together for interdisciplinary study? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you define this ‘interdiscipline’? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Define and distinguish between the following terms: <ul><li>Mono-disciplinarity </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-disciplinarity </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-disciplinarity </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinarity </li></ul>
  6. 6. ‘ Interdisciplines’ (as defined by Joe Moran and Stefan Collini) <ul><li>Choose one or more of these ‘interdisciplines’ and explain why they are interdisciplinary: </li></ul><ul><li>cultural history </li></ul><ul><li>literary theory </li></ul><ul><li>quantum physics </li></ul><ul><li>ecocriticism </li></ul><ul><li>neuroscience </li></ul><ul><li>science writing </li></ul>
  7. 7. ‘ Two Cultures’ <ul><li>Is it still the case that we have two cultures? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you characterise F. R. Leavis’s idea of his discipline ‘English’ (see, e.g. Collini, p. xxxvi)? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the phrase ‘two cultures’ now ‘an irrelevant anachronism’ (Collini, p. liv)? </li></ul>
  8. 8. What about your own research? <ul><li>Would you say that your research is inter- or multi-disciplinary? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, do you use the concerns, methods, and/or vocabulary of other disciplines? </li></ul><ul><li>How useful is this? </li></ul><ul><li>How far does your discipline define you? What about our ‘overlapping identities’ (Collini, p. lvi)? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Larger Questions <ul><li>Is interdisciplinarity ever really possible? </li></ul><ul><li>Why has interdisciplinarity become such a buzz word in academia? What is the reality of this situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Is interdisciplinarity actually ‘intellectual imperialism’ (Moran, p. 165) </li></ul><ul><li>Is the narrowing of academic study into subfields debilitating? Can we communicate with each other? </li></ul><ul><li>Does any of this matter??? </li></ul>