IKOS PhD seminar: Navigating Interdisciplinarity

For the last fifteen years or so, interdisciplinarity – aka crossdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, postdisciplinarity, or simply convergence – has been one of the most mobilizing ideas in global scholarship

IKOS and its group of PhD students is a product of this push. However, IKOS has its own version of interdisciplinarity – a vibrant mix of area studies, cultural studies, history, political science, comparative religion, anthropology, literary criticism, environmental humanities, museum studies, heritage studies, and more, in no particular order. We have barely had a seminar when the challenge of navigating interdisciplinarity did not come up.

For this seminar, we will put this at the centre of our discussion. The first part will consist in discussion on some key text on interdisciplinarity, in the second part, there will be plenty of time for you to present parts of your dissertation work that you find particularly interesting or challenging in an interdisciplinarity perspective.

How do I sign up for the course:

Please send an email to kari.andersen@ikos.uio.no and specify whether you want to present something or not.

About the paper:

The final paper should be no longer than a minimum 5-pages, maximum 10 pages, with text reflecting on the theme of the seminar and how this plays out in your own research. The texts will be pre-circulated among the participants ahead of the seminar.

Deadline for paper: 8 February

ECTS points

Generally, you will get 1 ECTS point for attending the seminar, 2 ECTS points for a presentation or a comment. 


Raymond C. Miller, Interdisciplinarity: Its Meaning and Consequences (2017)

Maja van der Velden, Thinking with care: Exploring interdisciplinarity in a global research project (2019)


1000-1100 Introduction by Helge Jordheim/Discussion of Readings
1100-1115 Break
1115-1215 Interdisciplinarity Dilemmas: IKOS PhD experiences
1215-1300 Lunch
1300-1345 Paper by Marius Palz. Comments by Vidar Skretting
1345-1430 Paper by Marta Tveit. Comments
1430-1445 Break
1445-1530 Paper by Erica Colman-Denstad. Comments by Marie Eberson Degnæs
1530-1615 Possible fourth paper

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