Abstract and Keywords
“The Future of Interdisciplinarity” explores the role of interdisciplinarity within the ecology of knowledge production and use. Cultural transformation, much of it driven by information and communication technologies, suggests the need to rethink the theoretical space of interdisciplinarity. Three themes are highlighted here: the rhetorical and policy dimensions of interdisciplinarity, the future of the research university, and issues of accountability and impact. Overall, interdisciplinary challenges should be seen as more a matter of political philosophy than epistemology, with attention concentrated on the ways in which interdisciplinarians can connect disciplinary expertise to community needs, highlighting both the capacities and limitations of knowledge.
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