Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

Mektoub: When Art Meets History, Philosophy, and Linguistics
MiekeBal
Introduction

The objects of study in many of the humanities are generally works of art and their historical, philosophical, and theoretical contexts. Traditionally these were works of “high art,” but nowadays more widely circulating cultural objects (often referred to as “popular culture”) have also come into play. This simple fact prescribes a research agenda a bit different from that in other fields. First, the artworks—literary, theatrical, cinematic, visual, musical—demand to be treated with due respect as complex artifacts that were made by people for people, in order to intervene in the cultural life of communities. Second, the examination of their cultural role also demands a critical perspective, which frequently leads to evaluative assessments. Third and most important, at ...

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