Interdisciplinarity is a key issue both within the Social Sciences and in their relationship to a wide range of other disciplines. The Stern Review has recommended that the next REF take better account of interdisciplinary work, and Government and other agencies often see it as the best way of answering big questions and solving challenging problems.
Higher Education Institutions can create institutional barriers to working across disciplinary boundaries; interdisciplinary configurations can arise based on organisational rather than intellectual need. Questions about continued support for disciplines and the emergence of new ones also arise within an interdisciplinary model. These and other important issues will be addressed at this Academy of Social Sciences conference.
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee and Registration
10.45 – 11.00 Welcome and Introduction, Professor Sue Scott FAcSS (University of York) and Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS (University of Oxford) Chair of Council, Academy of Social Sciences
11.00 – 12.00 'Crossing Paths’ A report of the findings of the British Academy’s research into Interdisciplinarity, Professor David Soskice (LSE) and Professor Colette Fagan (University of Manchester)
12.00 – 12.45 From The Inside Out: interdisciplinary practice as a catalyst for reform, Professor Veronica Strang (Durham University)
12.45 – 1.45 LUNCH
1.45 – 2.30 Break-out groups
2.30 – 2. 45 Feedback and Discussion from Break-Out Groups
2.45 – 3.45 Panel Session ‘Interdisciplinarity and the Future of the Disciplines’
- Professor John Holmwood (University of Nottingham)
- Professor Andy Jordan FAcSS (UEA)
- Professor Rachel Thomson FAcSS (University of Sussex)
3.45 – 4.00 Tea
4.00 – 4.30 Interdisciplinarity and the REF, David Sweeney (HEFCE)
4.30 Closing Remarks
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Academy of Social Sciences
The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. Its mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit.