Welcome to AIS 2020!

FINTERDIS’s international collaborator, the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, is proud to announce its next Conference! Sonoma State University, member of the 23-campus California State University System, invites you to the 42nd Annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference to be held November 4-7, 2020. Located in the heart of wine country north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is the North Bay’s comprehensive university, and we welcome you to explore a future in which interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and integrative approaches address tough challenges of sustainability and resiliency in a changing world.

Submit your proposal to the conference organizers by April 15, 2020. Conference website and more information:

Call For Proposals: 4th National Interdisciplinary Education Conference: “Interdisciplinary Education as a Pathway to Global Citizenship”. June 5th, 2020 Maastricht University, the Netherlands

In an ever more complex and interconnected world, future generations will need to interact, work and live together with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Moreover, in such a world, their actions and choices can have far-reaching consequences, affecting people all over the world for better or for worse. To successfully function in this context, one requires Global Citizenship skills. In recent years, more and more universities have made the fostering of skills like perspective taking, normative and change agent skills an explicit goal of the education they offer. Many have argued that interdisciplinary education is an excellent way of cultivating global citizenship. The fourth National Interdisciplinary Education conference will bring together teachers, researchers and students to explore the relationship between interdisciplinary education and global citizenship. It will be an opportunity for educators to discuss a range of questions relating to this issue, such as:

  • What are global citizenship skills? Why are they important?
  • How can interdisciplinary education foster these skills?
  • Should this be a goal of interdisciplinary education?
  • What are some best practices on how to integrate global citizenship skills in interdisciplinary curricula?
  • What are the challenges in doing this and how can these be dealt with?
  • What are ways to assess global citizenship skills, or are there other ways to provide students with feedback on such skills?

While the conference focuses on global citizenship skills, we also welcome contributions on other issues of interest to interdisciplinary educators, such as, for example, assessing interdisciplinarity, understanding the role of interdisciplinary education in reaching the sustainable development goals, or rethinking student – educator roles, and many more. 

The conference will bring together educators from a wide range of interdisciplinary programs from across the Netherlands and Belgium, and offer traditional paper presentations, but also workshops, discussions and an opportunity to exhibit educational materials and practices. Anyone who has anything to share relating to this topic is welcome to submit a proposal to the organizing committee. 

Please submit your proposals via by March 31st, 2020. You can find the call on the conference website, which we will update with conference related news and additional information on the location, the program, and on how to register during the coming months: The organizing committee will let applicants know if their proposal can be accommodated by April 20th, 2020. Please note that participants and attendees will be charged a registration fee. 

The organizers of the Conference include Prof. Teun Dekker (Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Maastricht)Dr. Herco Fonteijn (Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, Maastricht University)Dr. Karlijn Haagsman (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University)Prof. Valentina Mazzucato (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University)Dr. Simone Schleper (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University).

Call for Papers and special invite to early-career researcher and students: Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) Annual Conference 2019: University of Amsterdam, October 24-26, 2019.

The deadline for paper and panel abstracts is on April 1; see the Call for Proposals. Website

Call for Papers: “Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference: Practice and Knowledge Production.” April 9-10, 2019, Keele University, U.K.

Submit your proposal by February 15, 2019. Website

Seminar: “Early-Career Researchers’ Identity Development – Individual, Faculty, and Institutional Implications”, February 15, 2019, University of Tallinn, Estonia

Register by January 31, 2019. Website

Call for Papers: Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference 2019, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24-26. October 2019

Submit your proposal by April 1. Website