Humanities and Beyond: Exploring the Frontiers of Interdisciplinarity

The humanities departments of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York excel in their commitment to interdisciplinary study. A large proportion of researchers, doctoral and masters students work across a range of disciplinary boundaries, within the humanities and beyond. We are running a symposium day in which students from these universities can share their experiences of interdisciplinary research with each other, and with established academics and practitioners. Students will be able to:
  • Reflect upon the processes and methods of interdisciplinary study
  • Gain knowledge of different  interdisciplinary methodologies
  • Share practical experiences and challenges of interdisciplinary study
  • Explore interdisciplinarity as a concept within and beyond academia, and how it affects day-to-day research

The day will take the form of a symposium with 15-minute conference-style papers, workshops with practitioners, a round-table discussion with established academics, and a keynote presentation from Robin MacKay, philosopher and director of UK arts organization Urbanomic, addressing the relationships between philosophy, science and art practice.

Who is it for?

Submissions are open to all Leeds, Sheffield, and York students and researchers working across interdisciplinary boundaries, whose research includes a humanities subject. We particularly welcome submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers.  We encourage speakers to present on interdisciplinary themes that may include work-in-progress, challenges you have encountered and overcome in interdisciplinary study, or interdisciplinary methodologies.


£ £2,8589

Lead Student

Madelaine Schurch, (York)

Other student organisers

Catherine Evans, (Sheffield) Fiona Hobbs-Milne, (York) Ryan Kirkbride, (Leeds) Nicola Pennhill, (Sheffield)