The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
celebrates its 25th anniversary of modeling interdisciplinary integration of the
liberal arts with a call to explore the relevance of interdisciplinary studies
for the next 25 years. In the last two decades, interdisciplinary studies
have blossomed into a challenging venue for innovation in teaching and research.
Remarkably, the natural sciences have turned to
interdisciplinary engagement by the inner logic of discovery more than
deliberate design. The National Academy of
Sciences’ Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research confirmed the need for
interdisciplinary approaches as the most relevant methodology for addressing
major dilemmas confronting humanity in the 21st century. The
National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of
Health, and the Association of American Universities also
encourage interdisciplinary research. But the
greatest need for interdisciplinary integration is in the social sciences and
humanities, which explore complex human interactions and designs for living,
including socio-psychological, economic, political, cultural, and spiritual
dimensions in an increasingly interconnected world. The
bourgeoning science-ethics-religion dialogue reflects a growing realization of
the interdependence of all phenomena. The
outstanding question, then, is: What are the most promising interdisciplinary
methodologies to reinvigorate teaching and research that can inspire the quest
for new knowledge, problem-solving, and syntheses across all the arts and
sciences, which would enhance our understanding of the human condition in the
global village? Which approaches model best an
interdisciplinary integration of the liberal arts? The
urgency of this task is heightened by rapid scientific and technological
advances which seem at times to outpace the human capacities to manage them for
the common good.
THE NEXT 25 YEARS
March 30, 2014. Send
3 both-sided copies of: 15-25 page mss., each with a 150-word Abstract, typed, double-spaced, in-text
citation format, author identification on a separate sheet (with postage for mss.
return/SASE) to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, IIR, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena,
CA 91107, USA. Early mss.
Inquiries: info @ jis3.org. See also Mss.
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