Valences of Interdisciplinarity: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy edited by Raphael Foshay
The modern university can trace its roots to Kant’s call for enlightened self-determination, with education aiming to produce an informed and responsible body of citizens. As the university evolved, specialized areas of investigation emerged, enabling ever more precise research and increasingly nuanced arguments. In recent decades, however, challenges to the hegemony of disciplines have arisen, partly in response to a perceived need for the university to focus greater energy on its public vocation—teaching and the dissemination of knowledge.
Valences of Interdisciplinarity presents essays by an international array of scholars committed to enhancing our understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and the practical realities of interdisciplinary teaching and research. What is, and what should be, motivating our reflections on (and practice of) approaches that transcend the conventional boundaries of discipline? And in adopting such transdisciplinary approaches, how do we safeguard critical methods and academic rigour? Reflecting on the obstacles they have encountered both as thinkers and as educators, the authors map out innovative new directions for the interdisciplinary project. Together, the essays promise to set the standards of the debate about interdisciplinarity for years to come.
Athabaska University Press March 2012 Paperback978-1-926836-46-1 (SC) March 2012 Ebook 978-1-926836-47-8 (pdf) 978-1-926836-48-5 (epub)
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Download Introduction: Interdisciplinarity, for What?
Part I Theory
Download 1. The Menace of Consilience: Keeping the Disciplines Unreconciled
Download 2. The Telos of the Good Life: Reflections on Interdisciplinarity and Models of Knowledge
Download 3. Interdisciplinary Models and Dialectical Integration: A Proposed Model of Integrated Interdisciplinarity
Download 4. Globalization and Higher Education: Working Toward Cognitive Justice
Download 5. The Law of Non-contradiction: Dialectic and the Possibility of Non-propositional Knowledge
Download 6. Interdisciplinarity, Humanities, and the Terministic Screens of Definition
Julie Thompson Klein
Download 7. Integrating Interdisciplinary Studies Across the Humanities and Social Sciences
Part II Practice
Download 8. Ecological Thinking as Interdisciplinary Practice: Situation, Silence, and Skepticism
Download 9. Michael Haneke: The Spectatorship of Self-RefleXivity and the Virtual Gaze in Benny’s Video and Caché
Download 10. Transdisciplinarity and Journal Publishing
Download 11. Gender, Women’s Rights, and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Case Study
Download12. Literacy Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies: Reflections on History and Theory
Harvey J. Graff
Part III Pedagogy
Download13. Teaching and Enjoyment: A Lacanian Encounter with the Master Signifier
Download 14. “One code to rule them all . . .”
Suzanne de Castell
Download 15. Decolonizing Teaching and Learning Through Embodied Learning: Toward an Integrated Approach
Download 16. From Integrated to Interstitial Studies
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