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Durham University

Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Relations in Russia

Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Relations in Russia

Zones of Collaboration, Competition and Conflict


This was an international conference that took place in Durham on 19-21 September 2014 at the Institute of Advanced Study. Sponsors included Durham University's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and its School of Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). Historians, sociologists and anthropologists collectively examined a wide range of professions and sciences in 19th- and 20th-century Russia, understanding them as jointly forming a complex field of expert knowledge and labour, vital to modern states and societies.

The event's core concern were the dynamics of interprofessional and interdisciplinary relations. This is a neglected aspect of the history of Russian professions and sciences, yet vital to understanding how they created, defined and legitimised their work, expertise and jurisdictions. We examined a series of case studies aroudn particular zones of multiprofessional and multidisciplinary encounter in Russian history – territories of knowledge and practice where different groups’ respective jurisdictional interests brought them into close interactive contact, prompting collaboration, competition and conflict.

This topic is particularly timely given the importance currently accorded to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in matters of academic and technological innovation, and the purported potential that this has for solving complex challenges, including those relating to the environment, healthcare, changing demographics, and the way new technologies affect society.

For further details see the conference agenda and conference objectives.

The conference programme, full abstracts and the list of participants are also available.

Contact Details

Dr Andy Byford
Senior Lecturer in Russian
MLAC, Durham University
New Elvet, Elvet Riverside
Durham, DH1 3JT