A Forum on Interdisciplinarity


Harvey J. Graff, Ohio State University
Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania
Mary Jo Maynes, University of Minnesota, and
William H. Sewell, Jr., University of Chicago

Two author-meets-critics sessions were held at the 2014 and 2015 Social Science History Association meetings on the topic of disciplines and interdisciplinarity with the same set of commentators. Both were organized by Harvey J. Graff. The 2014 session at the Toronto meetings focused on Jerry A. Jacobs’ book, In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014). The same set of commentators reconvened in Baltimore in 2015 to discuss Harvey Graff’s book, Undisciplining Knowledge: Interdisciplinarity in the Twentieth Century (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). The panelists at both of these sessions were John Guillory, New York University; Mary Jo Maynes, University of Minnesota; Janice Reiff, University of California at Los Angeles; and William Sewell, Jr., University of Chicago.

The Forum on Interdisciplinarity presented here includes the edited and revised comments of Mary Jo Mayes and William Sewell, Jr. on both books, and responses and an exchange from Harvey J. Graff and Jerry A. Jacobs.

Keywords: disciplines, interdisciplines, interdisciplinarity, social-science history


Conference Papers


#1 The Role of Disciplines in Interdisciplinary Exchange, Jerry A. Jacobs


#2 The Interdependence of Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity, Harvey J. Graff


#3 Reflections on Interdisciplinary Social Science History, Mary Jo Maynes


#4 Institutions and Lived Experience in the Study of Interdisciplinarity, William H. Sewell Jr.