Policy Brief Interdisciplinary Research
How can interdisciplinarity work in today’s academia? A policy brief from “The Place of the Cognitive” addresses the main challenges of collaborative work between scholars in different fields, and proposes solutions.
In addition to its scholarly aims, the workshop series “The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Studies” also set out to discuss the current state of interdisciplinary research careers in the humanities. The project brought together junior and post-doc scholars as well as academics only just into their mid-career phase. Participants came from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland (with work experience from institutions across Europe and overseas), and it was striking to see how similar their experiences about the situation of work between disciplines were: Their pioneering interdisciplinary efforts appear to stand in the way of their scholarly career rather than strengthen it.
Building on these exchanges, the group compiled the following policy brief for academic institutions and funding bodies. It outlines some of the most pressing practical problems involved in interdisciplinary research and presents concrete suggestions on how academic institutions can give better support to interdisciplinary work as well as the research careers of those who set out to do that work.