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transdisciplinary work aims to be "that which is at once between the disciplines, across the disciplines and beyond all discipline" (Nicolescu)

2 June 2007

Although it was not always the case, we are living in times when the arts and sciences are seen as dichotomous. Not only that, but specialisation within the seemingly apposite fields of knowledge seems to discourage the sharing of knowledge even within the arts or sciences. To me this conjures an image of hundreds of academics frantically working to solve one problem, on different scales, with different view points and each getting more and more useless answers. How can we solve problems that affect us all on so many scales without beginning to break down the divides between specialisations and fields? To me in order to trans_end we need to look to collaboration, not simply in an interdisciplinary manner, but in a transdisciplinary one. Interdisciplinary work too often simply cements divides between different disciplines with each working towards different goals. In contrast, transdisciplinary work aims to be "that which is at once between the disciplines, across the disciplines ad beyond all discipline" (Nicolescu). I am not naive to the problems which we will encounter when trying to work in this manner. After all we are all so used to divides between disciplines and have known no other way, but without attempts at this kind of work we will all keep fighting our own little battles and losing the war.

Nicolescu, B. "A New Vision of the World: Transdisciplinarity", http://nicol.club.fr/ciret/english/visionen.htm, last accessed 2 November 2006

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