Disciplining a Future: Transforming a Past

5 May 2010, 12:45 - 14:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Professor David Ferris (Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities, University of Colorado, US)

My project focuses on the task and nature of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods of inquiry. The  central question is whether such methods can constitute fields of study or whether their significance is restricted to producing transformations within already existing disciplines for the future university. Can the future university preserve a critical vocation by placing at its centre inter-and transdisciplinary interventions that constantly reconfigure its past into new relations that derive their significance from the experience of the present?  Or must such an experience always reside alongside that past—a future disciplined or a past transformed.

Work in Progress Seminars

The work-in-progress seminars feature the work of our termly Visiting Fellows and Early Career Fellows.

Seminars begin at 12.45 and end at 2pm. Presentations are no more than 25 minutes long to allow plenty of time for discussion.  Tea, coffee and sandwiches are provided.  All welcome.  The seminar is open to all - no need to register.

Readings for the Work in Progress sessions are available by clicking on the  link on the right.  People attending from outside the Centre can request access to the readings by contacting Michelle Maciejewska  for information.