Exploring Interdisciplinarity: The Significance of Metaphoric and Metonymic Exchange

Journal of Research Practice 2 (2):Article M3 (2006)

Drawing upon five years of experience with an interdisciplinary initiative, colleagues in biology, literary studies, and physics offer a framework by which to understand the nature and value of interdisciplinary work. Effective interdisciplinary exchange depends on a dynamic and mutual interplay that challenges normally unexamined disciplinary assumptions. Effective interdisciplinary exchange can not only reinvigorate the disciplines but also engage them more effectively in a common intellectual enterprise, one that in turn is able to engage more effectively with a wide range of human concerns beyond the academy
Keywords disciplinary training  generativity  metonym  interdisciplinary conversation  emergent systems  metaphor
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