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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Structure and Interdisciplinarity: Structuring Disciplinarity: history, theory, practice - Victorian Interdisciplinarity and the Arts Workshop

Leeds Trinity Univeristy


Victorian Interdisciplinarity combines expertise at Durham and Leeds Trinity to build upon a current project called Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines, led by cultural historian Bennett Zon (Durham) and historian of science Bernard Lightman (York University, Canada). Begun at Durham’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, that project explores the factors underpinning the coalescence of modern disciplines, while problematizing conventional notions of disciplinary crystallization and exposing deep channels of interdisciplinary interaction. Led by a combination of scholars at Durham and Leeds Trinity, including cultural historians Helen Kingstone and Rosemary Mitchell, historian of science Efram Sera-Shriar and Bennett Zon, Victorian Interdisciplinarity extends this project by magnifying focus on the dynamics of interdisciplinary interaction in the formation and promulgation of individual disciplines. It tests the nature of Victorian Britain’s interdisciplinary project by probing mutual implications in the genesis of arts and sciences, including hard and soft sciences, social sciences, humanities and performative arts.

These topics are reflected in a series of three main events comprising two separate workshops: Victorian Interdisciplinarity and the Arts (Saturday 25 November 2017, Durham); Victorian Interdisciplinarity and the Sciences (Friday 23 February 2018, Leeds Trinity); and an international conference (Saturday 12 May 2018, Durham). Related events are also being planned, including a CNCS workshop and guest lecture led by Bernard Lightman (Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 February 2018), and activities at Leeds Trinity, including an interactive workshop led by Bernard Lightman on publishing strategies for early career scholars and postgraduate students.

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