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Interdisciplinarity & Transdisciplinarity
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INIT seeks to provide an international platform for discussion and promotion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, teaching, and policy. INIT will inventory existing understandings, facilitate and enhance communication, and stimulate new research.

This network was formed at a recent meeting in New York City, attended by representatives from the US-based Association for Integrative Studies (AIS), the European-based Transdisciplinarity-Net (td-net), and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity (CSID) at the University of North Texas in the US. 

We launched INIT because the field of interdisciplinarity (ID) and transdisciplinarity (TD) is quite diversified, consisting of different subgroups with different strengths, emphases, applications, and perspectives. We envision INIT as facilitating communication and collaborative work among organizations, institutions, and individuals that view ID and TD as a vibrant way to respond to the challenges of 21st century society.

To further our mission, we are planning to hold seminars, workshops, and conferences to inaugurate this community and to develop a common agenda.



INIT Virtual Seminar
February 23, 2012- (Ongoing)

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The INIT Network for Transdisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Research launches its First Virtual Seminar on Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Horizons on the platform
Currently Running:
Transdisciplinarity in the Practice of Research by Thomas Jahn
Thomas Jahn, Matthias Bergmann , beginning 09 April 2012
The experience of practices of research, especially in the socio-ecological context, has led us to the conception of transdisciplinarity that we present in the rest of this article, a conception that reflects the real state of transdisciplinary research as it is practiced currently, while, at the same time, opening up the possibility of a better understanding of transdisciplinarity,one that can lead to a wider agreement on its nature and purposes.

You are all invited to join the discussion immediately. You do not have to wait until the next session to begin posting. Please join the discussion of the first paper, moderated by Britt Holbrook and Wolfgang Krohn, immediately. Read what has been discussed so far and please dive in ! We thank Professor Krohn and Profs. Bergmann and Jahn for their availaibility to participate in this seminar to reply to comments and questions. In order to join the discussion, just click on the button: "Start a New Discussion", write your comment or question and then send, or "reply" to an existing thread. If you are not an invited panelist, your message will be moderated by the moderators of the conference and will appear on the website shortly after moderation. If you are an invited panelist, you will be able to visualize immediately your comment by refreshing the page.

Just completed:
Wolfgang Krohn (Bielefeld University) : Interdisciplinary Cases and Disciplinary Knowledge. As you will see from the hotlink, Oxford University Press has permitted the seminar to post Wolfgang Krohn's chapter from The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, so the text discussed is available to anyone who visits the seminar site. This discussion ran from 22 February to 23 March 2012.

If you want to measure the impact of your texts on interdisciplines for the citation systems (Google scholar), we suggest you to register also on the partner website: . Thanks to its qualitative reputation measures of impact, allows you to see how many people read and share your blog posts, participation to forums etc.

2012 Conference
Watch for Upcoming Announcement and CFP after the June 2011 Symposium


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