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2020 Professor Steven Ratuva FRSNZ

Interdisciplinary research: The epistemic promise and challenges

The presentation focuses on the challenges and promise of interdisciplinary research in a world where knowledge and skills specialisation and commodification have become professional and ideological obsessions. What is the place of humanity and knowledge diversity (including minority and indigenous knowledge systems) in the dominant neoliberal epistemic structures where knowledge is seen as a mere commodity at the mercy of market forces? This is the story of a personal intellectual journey through these treacherous waters.