Knowledge Exchange and Impact Conference 2018
Impact-Focused Interdisciplinarity in Arts & Humanities
DATE: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
TIME: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
VENUE: Maxwell Davies Building (MDg01), North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury
- Melanie Knetsch - Strategic Lead: Interdisciplinarity, Innovation and Impact (Economic and Social Research Council)
- Tatiana Schofield, Head of Knowledge Exchange (Royal College of Art)
- Professor Robert Beckford, Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora (Canterbury Christ Church University)
The 2018 Knowledge Exchange and Impact Conference brought together academics from across the Faculty and University, alongside the general public to explore questions and challenges raised by the theme, ‘Impact-Focused Interdisciplinarity in Arts and Humanities’. Impact denotes ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’ (HEFCE), which derives from excellent research. Interdisciplinarity, on the other hand, is a continually evolving mode of inquiry that produces new critical pathways for doing and thinking about specific research tasks. In other words, interdisciplinarity involves the integration of critical perspectives and/or practices from different disciplines. Drawing on a range of perspectives derived from the Keynote Lectures and Interactive Panels, the conference considered creative approaches to Impact-Focused Interdisciplinarity in Arts and Humanities.
The conference examined questions about current innovative practices, the place of interdisciplinarity in fostering creative engagement, and what the future of Arts and Humanities engagement with wider society might look like. Keynote Lectures were followed by Interactive Panel sessions providing the opportunity to showcase some of the knowledge exchange projects emanating from the Faculty, and these were discussed in a friendly and supportive environment. The conference also featured the presentation of the Arts and Humanities Knowledge Exchange Prize by Professor David Shepherd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.