AIS 2021 Theme

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Navigating Between Generosity and Rigor

Interdisciplinary Studies is marked with a focus on collaboration and integration across disciplines; across languages, cultures, and ethnicities; across genders; across abilities; across the arts and creativity. In harmony with past AIS conference themes, the program committee welcomes presentations that advance the AIS mission, “To promote the interchange of ideas among scholars and administrators in all of the arts and sciences on intellectual and organizational issues related to interdisciplinary education and research.”

We encourage proposal submissions that will explore the conference theme— Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Navigating Between Generosity and Rigor —and invite contributions from all fields that address different aspects of the conference theme. The program committee has identified presentation formats that will promote audience engagement.

Three strands support the conference theme:

Strand 1: Promoting the interchange of ideas among scholars and students

  • Q1: How can scholars promote interdisciplinary education that is generous and flexible—yet rigorous—to prepare students for success in our complex world?
  • Q2: How can students become more proactive in ownership and empowerment over their education?
  • Q3: What does balance between generous, flexible, and rigorous look like?

Strand 2: Utilizing intellectual and organizational tools related to interdisciplinary education and research

  • Q1: What structures promote integrated studies, education, and research?
  • Q2: What structures dissuade integrated studies, education, and research?
  • Q3: How can scholars and students work together to balance structural demands within academic environments with freedom to create and explore?
  • Q4: How can becoming interdisciplinary aid in producing knowledge?

Strand 3: Promoting best theories and practices in interdisciplinary learning

  • Q1: What practices do the convergence of theory, research, and methodology reveal?
  • Q2: What questions related to theory, practice, and methodology need to be explored?
  • Q3: Which stakeholders need to be involved in efforts to shape the future of interdisciplinary work?
  • Q4: How can interdisciplinary students promote best theory, practice, and methodology in their studies?