Although interdisciplinarity—and its cognate “transdisciplinarity”—is a hallmark of contemporary knowledge production, it is itself still a contentious concept. What does interdisciplinarity entail, and what is its significance? How are interdisciplinarity and/or transdisciplinarity distinct from other modes of knowledge production? What purposes does, could, or should interdisciplinarity serve?
This special collection of articles will advance both a philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and a philosophy of interdisciplinarity itself. An assumption of the guest editors is that inter- and trans-disciplinarity can and should also be regarded as a challenge to (disciplinary) science in general and to the academy, raising fundamental and critical questions about science, the organization of the universities, the approaches to nature and to human-nature relations, to experimentation and explanations, forms of knowledge, and more. Acknowledging that interdisciplinary research often consists of case studies rather than more generalizable research, we also welcome articles that build a philosophical approach while integrating more detailed analysis of one or more cases of interdisciplinary research.
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Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, founded in 1982, is a peer-reviewed publication of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and published by Texas Tech University Press, dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of the many varieties of interdisciplinarity. See: http://gkq.102.myftpupload.com/issues/
All prospective authors are required to submit a 200-word abstract describing the content of the proposed paper and demonstrating how it addresses the general or specific themes of the special collection to the guest editors by January 15, 2024. After an initial review process, selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper. Only invited manuscripts will be considered for our double-blind peer-review process. Papers should be 6000-8000 words, including references. Longer papers may be considered. All papers should follow APA style. The deadline for submitting invited manuscripts for consideration is June 30, 2024.