Nicolas Langlitz: I quit. I’ve edited the Books Forum for ten years and I feel it’s time for it to switch hands. I’m so glad they will be your hands, Des. While we all constantly read books and reviews of books, there isn’t a whole lot of discussion about the genre of the book review. That’s why we decided to talk about my experience with and your vision for the reviews section. One reason why I’m happy that you’re taking over is that I always thought of the Books Forum as key to the mission of BioSocieties to foster conversation between social researchers and life scientists—for example, by assigning reviews across disciplines. I very much enjoyed your book Rethinking Interdisciplinarity Across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences(2015), which you wrote with Felicity Callard, because it doesn’t degenerate into another soapbox oratory on the virtues of interdisciplinarity. It provides a frank account of a series of experiments in interdisciplinarity, both critical and constructive....
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