Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference 2019

Thursday 24 October

Below you find more info on the plenary activities of this day.


Rector Magnificus Karen Maex will welcome all participants of the AIS 2019 Conference at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and James Welch, president of the board of the AIS will welcome everybody at this 41st edition. James Kennedy, Dean of the University College Utrecht and Professor in Modern History, will give a short speech on 'Amsterdam in global contexts'.

World Cafe 'Interdisciplinarity in global contexts'

Moderated by:

Linda de Greef, Programme Manager, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam, NL

Iris van der Tuin, Director of Education at Liberal Arts and Science of Utrecht University, NL

In our interdisciplinary education and research practice we pay attention to the global and local contexts rather than abstract or isolate societal challenges from their real-world contexts. There are many ways to do this. We invite you to join a World Café on the main conference theme, how do we address local and global contexts in our research and education?

Sub questions are: 
•    How do you draw upon the experiences and insights of persons and groups that are often neglected in your teaching and research? 
•    How do you collaborate across disciplines, cultures, and perspectives? 
•    What best practices help you to enhance collaboration and teamwork around the globe? 

This session invites you to meet and exchange ideas with people beyond the borders of disciplines, cultures, institutes, networks and perspectives and spark further discussion during the conference.

If you have an inspiring and relevant question to raise within this session considering the above topic, please email to, with subject title ‘World Café Question’, before September 1st.

State of the field + Opening Drinks (17:15-19:00)

News from the continents, a compilation of announcements and updates by experts in the interdisciplinary field. Moderated by James Welch, chair of the AIS Board.

Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

29 May 2019