What is Interdisciplinary Success?

4-5. October, 2012



"Philosophy of interdisciplinarity: What is interdisciplinary success?"

is a two-day Nordic workshop.


Several of the participants have been engaged in what we call philosophy of interdisciplinarity for a long time, and this workshop is the continuation of the international workshop "Philosophy of interdisciplinarity: metaphysical and epistemological aspects" (Lund 2010).


Three of the speakers are selected from an open call for papers.


The workshop is funded by Hultengrens fond för filosofi and related to the interdisciplinarity theme in the Linnaeus grant programme LUCID.



Thursday, OCT 4

09:00 Coffee

09:30 10:30 Uskali Mäki (Helsinki): Interdisciplinarity and scientific progress

10:30 11:30 Annika Wallin (Lund): Evidence or not evidence?

11:30 12:30 John Jackson (Boulder): Unity of science as a barrier to interdisciplinary success: The case of evolutionary psychology

12:30 13:45 Lunch

13:45 14:45 Rani Lill Anjum (Norwegian University of Life Sciences): Causation in Science - An interdisciplinary research project

14:45 15:45 Susann Wagenknecht (Aarhus): Managing trust – Making interdisciplinary research teams work

15:45 16:15 Coffee

16:15 17:15 Lena Wahlberg (Lund): Uncritical trust- the impact of medical expertise on court decisions on compulsory mental care

19:30 Dinner


Friday, OCT 5

09:30 Coffee

10:00 11:00 Matti Sintonen (Helsinki): Radical interdisciplinarity – some successes, some failures

11:00 12:00 Tilmann Massey (Munich): Best practice of interdisciplinary research: lessons from the history of biology

12:00 13:30 Lunch

13:30 14:30 Hanne Andersen (Aarhus): What kind of expertise is required for interdisciplinary success?

14:30 15:30 Till Grüne-Yanoff (Stockholm): Investigating model exchanges for their interdisciplinary success

15:30 16:15 Coffee

16:15 17:15 Florin Popa (Leuven): Contextualized knowledge and interdisciplinarity. The case of social-ecological systems

17:15 18:15 Petri Ylikoski (Helsinki): Adventures in Neuroland: economics and sociology compared



There is no fee. Please register via e-mail to frank.zenkerfil.luse on or before SEPT 27, indicating if you intend to join lunches and the dinner.


Johannes Persson

Frank Zenker

Henrik Thorén