Future Transdisciplinarity at ASU, Fall 2023

October 20, 2023 | Fort McDowell, AZ

program | logistics | participants


Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches are frequently invoked for addressing the most pressing problems currently affecting humanity. Challenges like global climate change, inequality, and sustainable cities cannot be understood or responded to by a single method or discipline, and ASU prides itself for fostering inter- and transdisciplinary work in teaching and research. However, does this type of work need to be enhanced at ASU and beyond? What are the cases in which single disciplinary approaches bring the fastest scientific progress? When might a multi-or transdisciplinary approach provide the best option to address scientific questions and societal problems? What practices make for successful and generative collaborative research across highly disparate fields? Is question-driven work more suitable for collaboration? What are the impediments to transdisciplinary work, and what are its limitations?


The full agenda can be found here.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, October 20

10:00 – 10:30 AMWelcome & Introductions | Origin & Goals of Project
Osvaldo Sala & Jason Bruner | Y’ow Hospitality Suite
10:30 – 11:00 AMLimitations of Transdisciplinarity
B.L. Turner | Y’ow Hospitality Suite
11:00 – 11:30 AMTrust
Sally Kitch | Y’ow Hospitality Suite
11:30 – 12:00 PMCost Benefits & Challenges
Wim Vermaas | Y’ow Hospitality Suite
12:00 – 12:15 PMOrganize Working Groups
Y’ow Hospitality Suite
12:15 – 1:15 PMLunch
 1:15 – 2:45 PMBreak out into Working Groups
Y’ow Hospitality Suite
2:45 – 3:00 PMCoffee Break
Y’ow Hospitality Suite
3:00 – 4:00 PMReport from Working Groups
Y’ow Hospitality Suite
4:00 – 4:30 PMNext Steps & Wrapping Up
Osvaldo Sala & Jason Bruner | Y’ow Hospitality Suite
Meals to be provided where mentioned.

Venue Information & Maps

The workshop will be hosted at We-Ko-Pa, in the Y’ow Hospitality Suite.

The Yo’w Hospitality Suite is located on the first floor just past the Hotel Front Desk on the right side of the hallway. A layout of the We’Ko’Pa Resort can be found here.

Driving directions from ASU to workshop venue.


Attendee List  

Alan Shane Dillingham

Associate Professor, SHPRS History Faculty

B.L. Turner

Regents’ Professor, School of Sustainability

Daniel Gilfillan

Associate Professor, German, School of International Letters and Cultures

Jason Bruner

Director of Desert Humanities Initiative, Institute Humanities Research

Jianguo Wu

Dean’s Distinguished Professor, School of Life Sciences

Osvaldo Sala

Regents’ Professor, Global Drylands Center

Peter de Marneffe

Professor, Philosophy, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Sally Kitch

Regents’ Professor & Center Director, SST Women and Gender Studies

Sara El-Sayed

Assistant Research Professor, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Thomas Sharp

Professor, School Of Earth and Space Exploration

Wim Vermaas

Foundation Professor, Associate Director Research and Training Initiatives, School of Life Sciences

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