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Mono-/Inter-/Multi-/Trans-/Anti-disciplinarity in Research

  • Jer-Ming ChenEmail author
  • Johannes M. Luetz
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_33-1



This entry scrutinizes approaches to research, knowledge creation, and education through the prism of “disciplinarity” and “interdisciplinarity.” The discourse also explores alternative and competing conceptual approaches, terminology, and typology, including “multidisciplinarity,” “systems theory,” “multiliteracies,” and “anti-disciplinarity.” While there seems to be no consensus definition in respect of these terms (and some overlap between concepts), approaches to disciplinarity are best understood in terms of their historical evolutionary context, which will be introduced first and precedes the more detailed discussion of individual concepts. This exploratory discussion also features two Ph.D. case studies which illustrate interdisciplinarity in contemporary research practice.

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Grateful acknowledgment for essential support is made to the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the development organization World Vision International (WVI), the Australian Research Council, as well as the musical instrument company Yamaha.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)SingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Research Affiliate, Mechanical EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Visiting Scholar, School of PhysicsUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Asian Music Technology Ltd.SingaporeSingapore
  5. 5.CHC Higher EducationBrisbane/CarindaleAustralia
  6. 6.Adjunct AcademicSchool of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW)SydneyAustralia

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  • Olivia A. M. Freeman
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  1. 1.Journal of Advanced Cognitive EngineersSociety of Cognitive EngineersMELBOURNEUSA