The Vossius Center at the University of Amsterdam will host a two-day workshop, entitled “How Disciplines Interact”.* The workshop is postponed due to COVID-19 and will probably take place 6 and 7 May 2021.
Historians of the sciences and the humanities have described many interactions between disciplines. One frequently occurring form of interaction concerns the transfer of knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. Examples include the influence of modern historical thinking on geology, the influx of physicists in molecular biology, or the use of the linguistic notion of grammar in computer science.
The purpose of this workshop is to grasp this phenomenon of knowledge transfer in a systematic way, in order to answer general questions such as: Why and how do disciplines borrow knowledge from one another? Under what conditions has knowledge transfer been (un)successful in the past? And what light, if at all, do historical examples shed on current forms of (inter)disciplinarity?
During the workshop, we aim to discuss and compare various examples of knowledge transfer between disciplines in the sciences and the humanities, in any direction. Moreover, we want to juxtapose the different methods and approaches that scholars have developed to deal with the phenomenon.
Please note: this workshop is postponed due to COVID-19. The workshop will probably take place 6 and 7 May 2021 (TBC).
09:00 - 09:15 Arrival; Coffee and tea
09:15 - 09:30 Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam)
Welcome & Introduction
09:30 - 10:15 Kärin Nickelsen (LMU Munich)
Disciplinary Hybridity and the Art of Collaboration: The Case of Photosynthesis Research
10:15- 11:00 Ana Simões (University of Lisbon)
The 1919 total solar eclipse and the British expeditions. Instances of travelling knowledge between disciplines and places
11:00- 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Emma Mojet (University of Amsterdam)
Data Collection Practices in Linguistics, Botany, and Social Science
12:15 – 13:00 Marcel Boumans (Utrecht University)
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:00 Viktoria Tkaczyk (MPIWG Berlin)
Auditory Images: Shared Concepts and Epistemic Pluralities around 1900
15:00 – 15:45 Sjang ten Hagen (University of Amsterdam)
Historical Criticism in Late-Nineteenth-Century Physics
15:45 - 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:00 Karin Tybjerg (University of Copenhagen)
Epistemic Stuff: The Matter of Disciplinary Interaction
17:00 – 17:30 Discussion Day 1
17:30 – 18:30 Drinks (all participants) @ Bushuis
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner (all speakers) @ TBA
09:15 – 09:30 Coffee and tea
09:30 – 10:15 Floris Cohen (Utrecht University)
Wilhelm Ostwald’s ‘Energeticist’ Approach to the Sciences of Culture, and his Two Major Critics
10:15 – 11:00 Kristine Palmieri (University of Chicago)
Philology as Method: Rethinking Specialization
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:15 Kapil Raj (EHESS Paris)
Go-Betweens, Boundary Crossings, and the Making of New Knowledge: The 19th-Century Indo-British Mapping of Tibet
12:15 – 13:00 Jaehwan Hyun (MPIWG Berlin)
The Gendered Interaction: Studying the Sea Women in Human Physiology and Ethnology
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:00 Lukas Verburgt (Utrecht University)
Disciplinary Unknowns: Making Ignorance Work in Nineteenth-Century British Science
15:00 – 15:45 Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich)
Crossing Domains: The Role of the Translator in the Spread of Scientific Innovations
15:45 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:00 Raphaël Sandoz (University of Geneva)
A framework for studying disciplinary interactions: “The historical atlas of the disciplines”
17:00 – 17:30 Jeroen van Dongen (University of Amsterdam)
* The workshop is part of an ongoing NWO-funded research project at the University of Amsterdam called The Flow of Cognitive Goods with Rens Bod, Jeroen van Dongen, Bart Karstens, Sjang ten Hagen and Emma Mojet. The project’s methodological approach has recently been published as a ‘Critiques and Contentions’-piece in Isis (September 2019): https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/704673 .