Ill-disciplined (bodies of thought)

Johnson, Laurie (2007) Ill-disciplined (bodies of thought). International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 37-42. ISSN 1833-1882

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[Abstract]: Interdisciplinary studies have long provided fertile ground for solving old problems, framing new ideas, and even generating new disciplines. Yet there can be no doubting the persistence of old disciplinary boundaries, or the tendency of these bold new interdisciplinary approaches to metastasize into conventional disciplinary formations. This paper begins with a personal story – a scenario that I am sure is familiar to most academics – of an encounter with a colleague who felt that my attempted interdisciplinarity in a conference paper was in fact an outrageous abuse of material more proper to his discipline than to mine. What I seek to do is explain this persistence of disciplinary boundaries and proprietary protocols using a blend of phenomenological and psychoanalytic theory. I argue that the stakes in disciplinary turf wars may be more than academic reputations or even the prospect of retaining a job. At stake in protecting a body of thought may well be the academic body itself, understood within a context of the mind-body integrity of the thinker as a being capable of existing within the world. To think, I suggest, is to be bounded, so thought of a world without boundaries is to imagine a world without a body of thought.

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Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2008 01:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: disciplinarity, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, embodiment, body, mind
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220314 Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470207 Cultural theory
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500315 Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)

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