Frank Trentmann is a historian of modern and contemporary societies. He works as a professor of History at Birkbeck College at the University of London.

The Prac­tice of Dia­logue: Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sciences in the 21st cen­tury

Interdisciplinarity has been the mantra of the last generation of academic research. But what is involved in actual collaboration between researchers from the humanities and social sciences?

In his talk, professor Trentmann will look at the “doing” of interdisciplinary dialogue, with practical examples from past collaboration, particular experiments and lessons on what works well (and less well). The example will range from large networks, such as the Cultures of Consumption research programme (UK – ESRC/AHRC) which involved over fifty researchers from across the humanities and social sciences; workshops that were designed to produce joint publications; as well as smaller, more heterodox activities that combined intellectual exchange with fun and sociability.

The aim is to introduce a discussion of interdisciplinary collaboration as a process and to identify the participants, resources and competences needed for a creative and effective pursuit.

After the keynote address, the discussion will continue with Katalin Miklóssy, Johan Munck af Rosenschöld, and director of HSSH professor Risto Kunelius.