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Researching Conflict in the Humanities: Challenges, Practices and Methods

  • Park View room, The Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road London, SE1 6HZ United Kingdom (map)

Approaching conflict in the humanities: interdisciplinarity at work?

Thursday 25 April 2019 | 1030 - 1600

Park View room, The Imperial War Museum, London

The second session (25 April 2019, Imperial War Museum London) will focus on the interdisciplinary methodologies used when researching and presenting topics of war and conflicts. Transitioning from the first session which focused on the researcher, the next session will focus on the researcher’s relationship to interdisciplinarity and to the institutions he or she is affiliated with. The nature of these institutions and their relationship to methodological approaches will be interrogated.

A pronounced characteristic of the landscape of contemporary research in the humanities is the exchange that is taking place between different disciplines with the purpose of approaching a topic from different angles and breaking established narratives. Interdisciplinarity is clearly widespread, established, and supported by museums, galleries, higher education institutions, as well as funding bodies in Europe and North America.

Studying conflicts is intrinsically an interdisciplinary endeavour, but how do we use interdisciplinarity in our research, both in a practical and critical way? How exactly can we work across various disciplines and with what methodological tools? Do the institutions we are affiliated with prescribe methodologies? What is the nature of the knowledge produced with interdisciplinary methods and do we have the appropriate critical tools for assessing this knowledge? Taking the example of the IWM’s Research arm, and its work with other HE institutions to host collaborative PhDs, we will aim to critically reflect on these questions, applying them to the very specific nature of the study of war.

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