Strange Bedfellows: An experiment in Student-directed Interdisciplinary Research


Naomi de Ruiter (ed)
University of Groningen
Ryan Wittingslow (ed)
University of Groningen
Roland Chiu (ed)
University of Groningen


‘Interdisciplinarity’ is a bit of a buzzword in the Dutch university sector. It is also one of the most prioritized policy goals at a national and European level. Yet, ‘interdisciplinarity’ remains under-defined, and the challenges and obstacles unique to doing interdisciplinarity remain fuzzy. How, then, are we supposed to adopt an interdisciplinary approach if we don’t even know what the word means?

In this peer-reviewed edited volume of student scholarship, we delve into what it means to do interdisciplinarity in response to this challenge. Drawing upon both the disciplinary expertises of professional researchers and educators, and the experiences and analyses of students actually enrolled in interdisciplinary programmes, this volume is unique in offering both high-level conceptual analyses of the virtues and problems inherent to interdisciplinary research, and on-the-ground case notes of what interdisciplinary teaching and research looks like in practice.

With contributions from:
Daniel MacRae, Hubert Matuszewski, Patrik Wintergerst, Benjamin Bewersdorf, Catherine Lange, Elena Laviolette Di Carpegna, Mosele Jansen, Stela Gkika, Marline Lisette Wilders, Twan Tromp, Kerstin Baureis, Alison Cronin, Julius Bischof, Nikolai Levin, Omer Levy, Mira Singh, Ferdinand Lewis.

Publisher: University of Groningen Press
Broerstraat 4 9712 CP Groningen The Netherlands

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Author Biographies

Naomi de Ruiter, University of Groningen

Naomi de Ruiter is assistant professor at the University of Groningen and a member of the Young Academy Groningen. With a background in developmental psychology, her research concerns process mechanisms of identity in the context of social interactions.

Ryan Wittingslow, University of Groningen

Ryan Wittingslow is assistant professor at the University of Groningen, a senior Humboldt fellow at TU Darmstadt, and a research affiliate at the University of Sydney. Most of his research sits at the meeting ground between aesthetics, philosophy of technology, and political philosophy. He also has devastating opinions about art.

Roland Chiu, University of Groningen

Roland Chiu is associate professor at the University of Groningen. With a fundamental background in molecular and cellular biology, his research interests are mainly in the multidisciplinary field of oncology. Furthermore, he is involved in projects to bring technology to innovate and improve the educational experience of his students.

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January 15, 2024



Interdisciplinary teaching, Interdisciplinary research, Challenges of interdisciplinarity, Liberal arts and sciences

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